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Michigan's Jabrill Peppers loads up on hardware on first night of Big Ten awards

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Michigan's Jabrill Peppers loads up on hardware on first night of Big Ten awards

Jabrill Peppers better start making some room on his mantle.

Michigan's all-around star was named the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year, Linebacker of the Year and Return Specialist of the Year when the conference announced the first half of its year-end awards on Tuesday night.

Peppers, who was one of the Big Ten's best defensive backs a season ago before moving to linebacker this season, ranked third on the Wolverines' sensational defense with 72 total tackles. He had a team-high 16 tackles for loss (third in the Big Ten) to go along with four sacks, a forced fumble and an interception.

And that's just on defense. Peppers' versatility has been his trademark, and he also racked up 751 all-purpose yards: 310 via the punt return, 260 via the kick return, 167 rushing, 11 on an interception return and three receiving yards.

Peppers is the first Michigan player to be named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year since 2006, when LaMarr Woodley won. He's the first Michigan player to win Linebacker of the Year and Return Specialist of the Year honors.

In addition to Peppers taking home all that hardware, several other Big Ten awards were handed out Tuesday.

Teammate Jourdan Lewis was the Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year. Lewis played in just nine of the Wolverines' 12 regular-season games but finished with 23 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions.

Ohio State's Tyquan Lewis was the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year. He ended the regular season with 27 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles, the second most in the Big Ten.

Another Buckeye took home an award, Cameron Johnston named the Big Ten Punter of the Year. He led the Big Ten with a 46.2-yard average.

Minnesota's Emmit Carpenter was the Big Ten Kicker of the Year. He led the conference with 91.3 percent of his field-goal tries made, hitting 21 of his 23 attempts.

The Big Ten also announced the All-Big Ten selections on the defensive side and on special teams.

All-Big Ten First Team

Defensive line

Tyquan Lewis, Ohio State (coaches and media)
Taco Charlton, Michigan (coaches and media)
​Jaleel Johnson, Iowa (coaches)
Chris Wormley, Michigan (coaches)
Carroll Phillips, Illinois (media)
Ifeadi Odenigbo, Northwestern (media)

Linebackers

Jabrill Peppers, Michigan (coaches and media)
Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State (coaches and media)
T.J. Watt, Wisconsin (coaches and media)

Defensive backs

Desmond King, Iowa (coaches and media)
Jourdan Lewis, Michigan (coaches and media)
Malik Hooker, Ohio State (coaches and media)
Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State (coaches)
Sojourn Shelton, Wisconsin (media)

Kicker, punter and return specialist

Tyler Davis, Penn State (coaches)
Emmit Carpenter, Minnesota (media)
Cameron Johnston, Ohio State (coaches and media)
Jabrill Peppers, Michigan (coaches and media)

All-Big Ten Second Team

Defensive line

Ryan Glasgow, Michigan (coaches and media)
Malik McDowell, Michigan State (coaches and media)
Ifeadi Odenigbo, Northwestern (coaches)
Garrett Sickels, Penn State (coaches)
Jaleel Johnson, Iowa (media)
Chris Wormley, Michigan (media)

Linebackers

Josey Jewell, Iowa (coaches and media)
Anthony Walker, Jr., Northwestern (coaches)
Vince Biegel, Wisconsin (coaches)
Tegray Scales, Indiana (media)
Ben Gideon, Michigan (media)

Defensive backs

Channing Stribling, Michigan (coaches and media)
Delano Hill, Michigan (coaches)
Godwin Igwebuike, Northwestern (coaches)
Gareon Conley, Ohio State (coaches)
Sojourn Shelton, Wisconsin (coaches)
Rashard Fant, Indiana (media)
Nathan Gerry, Nebraska (media)
Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State (media)

Kicker, punter and return specilist

Emmit Carpenter, Minnesota (coaches)
Tyler Davis, Penn State (media)
Kenny Allen, Michigan (coaches and media)
Desmond King, Iowa (coaches and media)

All-Big Ten Third Team

Defensive line

Dawuane Smoot, Illinois (coaches and media)
Steven Richardson, Minnesota (coaches and media)
Evan Schwan, Penn State (coaches and media)
Conor Sheehy, Wisconsin (coaches)
Garrett Sickels, Penn State (media)

Linebackers

Riley Bullough, Michigan State (coaches and media)
​Tegray Scales, Indiana (coaches)
Ben Gideon, Michigan (coaches)
Jason Cabinda, Penn State (coaches)
Anthony Walker, Jr., Northwestern (media)
Vince Biegel, Wisconsin (media)

Defensive backs

Rashard Fant, Indiana (coaches)
Nathan Gerry, Nebraska (coaches)
Marcus Allen, Penn State (coaches)
Godwin Igwebuike, Northwestern (media)
Gareon Conley, Ohio State (media)
D'Cota Dixon, Wisconsin (media)
Leo Musso, Wisconsin (media)​

Kicker, punter and return specialist

Tyler Durbin, Ohio State (coaches and media)
Ron Coluzzi, Iowa (coaches and media)
Parris Campbell, Ohio State (coaches)
Solomon Vault, Northwestern (media)

Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal

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Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal

Former University of Illinois tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis.

Anderson came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon’s quarterfinals 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday morning. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career.

As a native of South Africa, Anderson played three seasons with the Fighting Illini and won the NCAA doubles championship during the 2005-06 season as a sophomore. The 32-year-old was a three-time All-American in singles at Illinois.

Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.

The former Illini star will look to keep his recent success going when he represents Illinois in the semifinals of Wimbledon this Friday.

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Weeks will separate a perfect 10-year anniversary where Northwestern will play at Wrigley Field for one of its regular season games in the upcoming years.

Back on Nov. 20, 2010, the Wildcats battled it out with Illinois, known as the “Wrigleyville Classic,” which saw the Illini take a 48-27 win.

Even though it’s still two years out, Northwestern still planned ahead and announced its opponent for its game at Wrigley Field on Nov. 7, 2020, against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.

“Obviously an exciting opportunity for our football program to come back to Wrigley Field, one of the Cathedrals of sporting venues in the world,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “When I announced it to our team, they were absolutely ecstatic.”

“The opportunity to play at Wrigley field is unique to us, being Chicago’s Big Ten team, and to have the chance to come down and play in an atmosphere like we did a few years back was a bowl game type atmosphere, and I look forward to this special opportunity.”

This game though will be a little different than it was back in 2010. Both the Wildcats and Illini played toward the west end zone due to a tight squeeze near the right field wall due to box seats that were added down the third base line.

Now, Northwestern and Wisconsin do not have to worry about that problem because the bullpens have since moved to the outfield.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney spoke at a news conference earlier on Tuesday at Wrigley.

“So excited to welcome back Northwestern to Wrigley Field to talk about football again,” Kenney said. “We had an incredible experience with them back in 2010."

Kenney also mentioned new seating is on a temporary platform that can all be removed and the dugout tops can be removed as well, and the field will expand west, to allow for a longer field.

With a sellout crowd in the last go around for the Wildcats, don’t be surprised for another sellout at the Friendly Confines.