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Randy Edsall: Terps sticking with Caleb Rowe at quarterback


Randy Edsall: Terps sticking with Caleb Rowe at quarterback

Caleb Rowe will be Maryland’s starting quarterback when the Terrapins take the field Saturday against Michigan in College Park, head coach Randy Edsall said during a teleconference with the media on Sunday afternoon.

Rowe was benched during Saturday’s loss to West Virginia after throwing four interceptions. He was replaced late in the third quarter by Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman.

“Caleb will be the quarterback,” Edsall said. “As we all know, it doesn’t all fall on him. He has to be better and everybody around him — the offensive line, the running backs and the wide receivers all have to be better.”

Rowe was named the starter prior to Maryland’s Week 3 game against South Florida, replacing junior Perry Hills. Hills had been named the starter out of training camp. When Garman replaced Rowe against West Virginia, that marked the third quarterback to line up under center in 2015.

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Rowe was given the starting job with the thought that he was the most capable quarterback when it comes to stretching the field vertically and taking advantage of the players Maryland features at wide receiver, but that never came to fruition against West Virginia.

At times the quarterback and receivers appeared to be plagued by miscommunication, which could have contributed to Rowe’s four interceptions.

“I think it’s the same with everybody,” Edsall said. “What we have to do is sit down with him and go through the film with him and show him picks that guys made and show him where they went wrong and what they have to do well.”

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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.