Shaw Media sports copy editor Kevin Murphy picks his top sporting events to watch on TV this weekend with a spotlight on local graduates:
College football: Iowa at Purdue, 11 a.m. today, BTN
Former DeKalb football player and Iowa freshman running back LeShun Daniels Jr. finished with 18 rushing yards in Iowa’s loss to Wisconsin last weekend. Daniels is one of four true freshmen to play for the Hawkeyes this season. Daniels has carried 30 times for 120 yards.
College football: Nebraska at Michigan, 2:30 p.m. today, ABC
Marmion’s Ryan Glasgow and Graham Glasgow, DeKalb natives, look to help the Wolverines pick up another win.
Graham Glasgow is in his first season as a starter, taking over at center.
“The three that are in there right now, they’re tough,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke said on his radio show Wednesday, including Graham. “Being tough mentally and physically is a big part of it. They’re obviously three (first-year players) that are getting their indoctrination and the only way you get better is by playing football.”
College football: Penn St. at Minnesota, 11 a.m. today, ESPN2
Jerry Kill, the former Northern Illinois football and current Minnesota football coach, will watch the game from the coaching booth. He still is on leave from his regular responsibilities while he’s managing his epilepsy.
This was the fourth straight game he wasn’t in charge, with defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys taking over on the sideline.
Kill said this week he will head down to the sideline if need be. But right now he feels this arrangement is best for the program.
College football: N.C. State at Duke, 2:30 p.m. today, ESPNU
Former NIU football coach and current N.C. State coach Dave Doeren has a tough task by preparing for the Seminoles on the road. N.C. State (3-5) is 0-5 in Atlantic Coast Conference play for the first time in more than five decades. Doeren was 23-4 in two season with the Huskies before joining the Wolfpack.
NFL: Denver at San Diego, 3:25 p.m. Sunday, CBS
Former NIU linebacker Larry English had two tackles and a pass deflection for the Chargers last week.
NFL: Dallas at New Orleans, 7 p.m. Sunday, NBC
Doug Free, a former NIU football player and current Dallas offensive lineman, looks to help the Cowboys maintain a lead in the NFC East.
NFL: Detroit at Bears, noon Sunday, FOX
Are you Team Jay or Team Josh?
Bears quarterback Josh McCown made the right plays, especially in the fourth quarter and didn’t throw an interception against the Green Bay Packers on Monday night at Lambeau Field.
Jay Cutler said he will be healthy and will play against Detroit. That’s all fine and dandy, but I’ve seen enough interceptions and fumbles returned for touchdowns, courtesy of Cutler’s handiwork. He doesn’t need to rush back to work.
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