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Northwestern QB Trevor Siemian drafted in seventh round


Northwestern QB Trevor Siemian drafted in seventh round

Trevor Siemian might not be the next Peyton Manning, but the two quarterbacks play for the same team as of Saturday afternoon.

Siemian, the Northwestern product, was selected in the seventh round of the NFL Draft on Saturday, the 250th overall pick, going to the Denver Broncos.

Siemian was one of just seven quarterbacks drafted in this weekend's draft and the only quarterback drafted that attended a Big Ten school.

He joins Manning, arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history, as well as Brock Osweiler and Zac Dysert on the Broncos' QB depth chart.

[MORE BIG TEN: Complete list of Big Ten players selected in NFL Draft]

Last season was Siemian's lone campaign as the Wildcats' sole starting quarterback. He played in all but one game, the season finale against Illinois, completing 58.2 percent of his passes for 2,214 yards with seven touchdowns compared to 11 interceptions. A banged-up receiving corps and poor offensive line play — plus Siemian's own injury, which he played through after sustaining it in the first couple weeks of the season — contributed to his less-than-stellar season.

As a sophomore and junior, Siemian split time at quarterback with Kain Colter in a two-quarterback system that proved mighty effective in 2012 and rather ineffective in 2013. All in all, in four seasons at Northwestern, Siemian passed for 5,931 yards, 27 touchdowns and 24 interceptions.

Here's what Broncos vice president and general manager John Elway — a guy who knows a thing or two about quarterbacking — had to say after drafting Siemian:

Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately


Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately

Tough news out of Evanston this morning: Northwestern announced that running back Jeremy Larkin will retire immediately after being diagnosed with cervical stenosis.

Cervical stenois is the narrowing of the spinal canal in one's neck, according to Mayo Clinic. Larkin's condition is thankfully not life-threatening, though it does prevent him from continuing to participate in the game of football. 

"Football has been a lifelong passion and it has been a process to reconcile the fact I won't be on that field again, given I've played this game since I was five years old," Larkin said.

"I'm extremely appreciative of the Northwestern sports medicine and athletic training staffs for uncovering this condition, and for my coaches and the medical staff for always putting my health first.

"I came to this University to engage at the absolute highest level on the field and in the classroom, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue one of those while supporting my teammates from the sideline." 

Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald called the news "heartbreaking."

"This is heartbreaking because I see every day how much Jeremy loves the game, loves his teammates, and loves to compete," Fitzgerald said in a statement. "But this is the absolute best possible outcome for him.

"The discovery of this condition allowed Jeremy and his family to make an informed decision for his long-term health and well-being. For those of us who have known Jeremy Larkin since his high school days, his future is exceptionally bright. I can't wait to see the impact he makes in our world."

Larkin is a sophomore from Cincinnati. He finishes his Northwestern career with 156 carries for 849 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.

Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal


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.