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Tommy Armstrong out, Ryker Fyfe starts for Huskers vs. Terps


Tommy Armstrong out, Ryker Fyfe starts for Huskers vs. Terps

Tommy Armstrong won't play Saturday when Nebraska takes on Maryland.

The Huskers' senior quarterback made the start last weekend just a week after getting knocked unconscious and carted off the field to an awaiting ambulance in a loss to Ohio State.

He played well in last weekend's win over Minnesota, scoring the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter, but he didn't finish the game, suffering a hamstring injury that required his exit and kept him out of practice all this week.

It's a bummer won't be able to play in what would've been his final game at Memorial Stadium. He is the program leader in total offense, passing yards, touchdown passes and completions. This season he's completed 53.3 percent of his passes for 2,055 yards and 13 touchdowns plus 499 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground.

He posted this message on Instagram right before kickoff.

"First I want to thank the University of Nebraska for allowing me to be a part of such a great team. Secondly I would like to say thank you to the fans who have always been a part of my life these past five years. You guys have supported not only me but this team through all tough times and great times. I know I promised that I would play, but sometimes there are things you just can't recover from as fast. I would kill to be out there one last time with my boys, but I know they will do just fine. I just want the fans in Nebraska to know I gave it my all, and it saddens me to walk out there my last time without that uniform on again with my brothers. I'll always cherish the moments I left on this field and the friendships I made. I will soak in every moment I can this last home game because I know I will never see another fan base like this again. You guys are truly the greatest fans in the world. You have been more than just fans to me over my career at Nebraska. You have been like a family to me!!!! And for that I say thank you!!! Thank you HuskerNation for all the years you believed in me. #GBR"

The start went instead to backup Ryker Fyfe, who relieved Armstrong in that game at Ohio State. Fyfe has thrown 90 passes in his career for 578 yards and seven touchdowns, including going 7-for-24 for 94 yards and a score in limited action this season.

Nebraska hasn't won a game Armstrong hasn't started since he took over as the starter as a redshirt freshman during the 2013 season. Fyfe started one of those losses two seasons ago against Purdue.

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.