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Penn State's DaeSean Hamilton, three other B1G receivers on Biletnikoff watch list


Penn State's DaeSean Hamilton, three other B1G receivers on Biletnikoff watch list

The Big Ten isn't flush with best-in-the-country wideouts like it has been with other positions in recent years. But that doesn't mean there are some very talented pass catchers in the conference, and four of them were included on the Biletnikoff Award watch list when it was released Wednesday.

The Biletnikoff Award — handed out to college football's top receiver each season — named Penn State's DaeSean Hamilton, Rutgers' Leonte Carroo, Ohio State's Michael Thomas and Wisconsin's Alex Erickson to its watch list.

Hamilton was sensational as a freshman a season ago, quickly establishing himself as the go-to target for quarterback Christian Hackenberg. Hamilton caught more passes, 82, than any other player in the Big Ten, but Penn State's sluggish offense meant he racked up only 899 yards (fifth in the conference) and just two touchdown catches. The media made him an All-Big Ten Second Team selection.

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Carroo was an All-Big Ten First Team pick of the media after lighting up the stat sheet and scoreboard last season. Carroo's 1,086 receiving yards were second in the conference, and his 10 touchdown catches ranked third. Carroo had three games with multiple touchdown catches, including three against Tulane and two in that huge comeback win over Maryland.

Thomas was big for the national-champion Buckeyes, ranking second on the team with 799 receiving yards. He was on the receiving end of Evan Spencer's trick-play touchdown toss that brought Ohio State within one point of Alabama at halftime of the Sugar Bowl, and he caught a two-point conversion pass from Cardale Jones later in that game.

Erickson was Wisconsin's leading receiver last season with 772 yards, and he caught three touchdown passes.

The award has been presented each year since 1994, but only four Big Ten players have taken it home: Penn State’s Bobby Engram in 1994, Ohio State’s Terry Glenn in 1995, Michigan State’s Charles Rogers in 2002 and Michigan’s Braylon Edwards in 2004.

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.

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.