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Urban Meyer on Cardale Jones: 'Fundamentally he wasn't sound'


Urban Meyer on Cardale Jones: 'Fundamentally he wasn't sound'

Cardale Jones bounced back from a miserable game against Northern Illinois to throw for 288 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Saturday's 38-12 win over Western Michigan.

But that doesn't mean he was back to the level of play he was at in three postseason wins last season en route to a national-championship win.

Jones underthrew many passes Saturday, one leading to an interception, his fourth pick of the season.

But at least he wasn't yanked from the game, like he was against Northern Illinois, when after two early interceptions he yielded to J.T. Barrett, who also threw a pick and struggled to get the Buckeyes' offense moving.

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Still, Jones has a way to go to fix those issues from Saturday, and head coach Urban Meyer talked about it during his Monday press conference, pointing out how a handful of underthrown balls changed what could have been a monster day into the day Jones had.

"Fundamentally he wasn't sound," Meyer said of Jones. "The way he transferred back to front, dragging his back leg, and that's (quarterbacks coach) Tim Beck, and they'll work at it. And then J.T. underthrew one, too. J.T., if you remember early last year, struggled with that, and then he started throwing beautiful deep balls.

"So that's just something you've got to work on. But you can see certainly in that arm strength, it's just the fundamental flaw of not being able to weight transfer and driving the ball. He had one of his better days throwing. The underneath, the two-minute drill, some of those were just rocket shots he was throwing and very aggressive and fundamentally right on it, some deep balls.

"It was alarming. I want to say at least six. I should have that number for you. But at least six balls. That was a 518-yard day. Those are those days that if you hit those, that's a big day."

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.