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Rutgers might have a new starting quarterback after commitment of Louisville grad transfer Kyle Bolin

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Rutgers might have a new starting quarterback after commitment of Louisville grad transfer Kyle Bolin

Rutgers might have found its new starting quarterback.

Louisville graduate transfer Kyle Bolin, who backed up Heisman winner Lamar Jackson last season with the Cardinals, announced on Twitter that he'll be spending his final season of NCAA eligibility with the Scarlet Knights.

Bolin was the only player besides Jackson to throw a pass for Louisville last season, completing 18 of his 27 attempts for 234 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He was more prolific the season prior, completing 56.9 percent of his 137 attempts in 2016 for 1,154 yards and seven touchdowns. Interceptions have been prevalent, though, with 10 of them to compare to his 13 career touchdown passes.

Bolin gets dropped into what has been a volatile quarterback room for Rutgers this offseason. Returning starter Gio Rescigno is in the mix, but the only other option prior to Bolin's announcement seemed to be incoming freshman Johnathan Lewis. This offseason, the Knights lost quarterbacks Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig to transfers, Tylin Oden to dismissal and Zach Allen to an ACL tear.

But Bolin's addition not only gives Chris Ash and Rutgers depth at a position where it was sorely lacking. It could give the team a new starting signal-caller.

And boy could the Knights use a jolt in the passing game after ranking last in the Big Ten last season, averaging just 138.3 yards through the air per game.

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

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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

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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.