MURPH’S ‘MOTE: St. Francis grad leads Nebraska volleyball

Published: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Shaw Media sports copy editor Kevin Murphy picks his top sporting events to watch on TV this weekend with a spotlight on local graduates:

LOCALLY SPEAKING

College football: Nebraska at Michigan, 2:30 p.m. today, ABC

Marmion’s Ryan Glasgow, Graham Glasgow and St. Francis’ Kyle Bosch look to help the Wolverines pick up a win.

Graham Glasgow, a walk-on until about three months ago, is the center and Bosch, a true freshman, started his second game at left guard.

College football: Illinois at Indiana, 2:30 p.m. today, BTN

St. Charles East graduate Tim Russell is the place-holder for the Illini, and has thrown multiple passes this season for the Illini on 2-point conversions, including one in a loss to Wisconsin.

Russell will graduate as an agricultural engineering (technical systems management) major in December.

Bobby Hess, a Geneva graduate, is a walk-on with the Hoosiers.

College football: Cornell at Dartmouth, 3 p.m. today, NBCSN

Geneva graduate and Cornell sophomore Ben Rogers has been a wide receiver and handled punt and kick returns for the Big Red this season.

Women’s college soccer: Big 10 Conference, championship, Iowa vs. Nebraska/Indiana, at Champaign, 1 p.m. Sunday, BTN

The winner of the this tournament gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Amanda Lulek, a Geneva graduate, is a freshman defender for the Hawkeyes. Lulek was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team earlier this season after playing in all 20 matches with 17 starts. The defender began the season as a reserve before being inserted into the starting lineup Sept. 1 at Pacific. She has played for a Hawkeye defense that has registered nine shutouts. Lulek was credited with her lone assist at Illinois on Sept. 27.

NFL: Denver at San Diego, 3:25 p.m. Sunday, CBS

Former Northern Illinois linebacker and Marmion graduate Larry English had two tackles and a pass deflection for the San Diego Chargers last week.

Women’s college volleyball: Nebraska at Minnesota, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, BTN

Nebraska senior outside hitter and St. Francis graduate Kelsey Robinson was named the Big Ten Player of the Week earlier this week. Robinson led No. 11 Nebraska to wins over Illinois (3-0) and Northwestern (3-2). She had a double-double against the Wildcats (21 kills, 16 digs) and finished with a .349 hitting percentage and added five assists in those two matches.

Women’s college soccer: Missouri Valley Conference, championships, Drake/Indiana State vs. Illinois State/Evansville, at Evansville, Ind., 4 p.m. (same-day tape-delayed), Sunday, CSN

The winner of this tournament gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

St. Charles North graduate Paige Dusek is a senior forward for Drake, and Batavia graduate Alex Hanna is a sophomore midfielder for Drake.

St. Charles North graduate Lauren Koehl is a sophomore forward for Illinois State.

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 says 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.

Will Bears coach Marc Trestman start Cutler or McCown? For now, I’m supporting Team Josh.

SET THE DVR

Tennis: ATP World Tour Finals, semifinal, at London, 8 a.m. Sunday, ESPN2

Want to catch some early sports before the NFL slate kicks off the day? You should be guaranteed some quality, high-level tennis as the top eight male tennis players are competing.

CATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS LATER

Soccer: Women’s national teams, exhibition, United States vs. Brazil, at Orlando, Fla., 2:30 p.m. Sunday, NBC

A victory against Brazil would give the USA its second undefeated year in which it has played double-figures in matches. The first was 2006, when the team went 18-0-4.

• Agree? Disagree? Is someone from the Kane County Chronicle coverage area going to be on TV? Let Kevin Murphy know at kmurphy@shawmedia.com.

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