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Rutgers' quarterback depth takes another hit as Zach Allen tears an ACL


Rutgers' quarterback depth takes another hit as Zach Allen tears an ACL

It's been an eventful offseason in Rutgers' quarterback room, and more news came down Thursday.

Head coach Chris Ash announced Thursday that Zach Allen, a transfer from TCU, suffered a torn ACL. It's unknown how long Allen will be out with the injury, but with that type of injury it's suspected he'll miss at least the start of the season.

Allen's injury is the latest bit of upheaval at the game's most important position for the Scarlet Knights. Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig both transferred this offseason, and Tylin Oden was dismissed from the program earlier this month after running afoul of team rules.

Still, the two prime contenders for the starting job remain on track to compete in returning starter Gio Rescigno and incoming freshman Johnathan Lewis. Allen was expected to be the third-stringer when the season starts in the fall.

Rescigno took over as the starter midway through last season, replacing Laviano. Rescigno finished completing 52.8 percent of his passes for 889 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions.

Lewis, meanwhile, is a heralded recruit, ranked as the 15th-best dual-threat quarterback in this year's class by Rivals. He was rated as the eighth-best prospect in New Jersey.

Whichever quarterback wins the starting job, he'll be expected to elevate a Rutgers passing game that ranked dead last in the Big Ten last season, averaging just 138.3 yards through the air per game.

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.