Tough enough? Illinois FCS schedules provide Indiana Jones-like gauntlet

When it comes to the toughest FCS schedules in the nation, look right here in our very own state. According to a story earlier this summer by Sam Herder of HERO Sports, three of the nation’s top 13 most difficult schedules can be found at Illinois schools. Each of these programs–Eastern, Southern and Western Illinois–will... Read more »

Acklin off to fast (food-less) success in Canadian Football League

Acklin off to fast (food-less) success in Canadian Football League
Giving up short-term tastes in exchange for receiving long-term goals has Jaelon Acklin and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats sitting atop the Canadian Football League East Division standings. After three collegiate seasons in which he caught a combined 21 passes at Western Illinois, Acklin made the most of his senior year. “Once I quit soda and quit... Read more »

Ex-Redbird Roberson making a name for himself in CFL

Ex-Redbird Roberson making a name for himself in CFL
As one former Illinois State standout quarterback (Kevin Glenn) announced his retirement from Canadian football, another ex-Redbird has burst onto the CFL scene. “Today, I’m going to introduce myself. I’m Tre Roberson. We’ve already got a Grey Cup so quit leaving me out,” the Indianapolis native said during his halftime interview on TSN, the Canadian network that... Read more »
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Garoppolo, Glenn headline EIU, ISU hall of fame classes

This year’s hall of fame classes include some names quite familiar with not only Eastern Illinois and Illinois State fans, but names that resonate far beyond their respective universities. Back in March, Eastern announced what it deemed its “powerhouse 2019 HOF Class” headlined by record-setting teammates Jimmy Garoppolo and Erik Lora (along with pole valuters... Read more »

Longtime CFL star & former ISU Redbird Glenn announces retirement

Longtime CFL star & former ISU Redbird Glenn announces retirement
While one longtime Canadian Football League star is retiring, six other former Illinois FCS standouts are on CFL rosters as the 2019 season begins play tonight. Kevin Glenn, who played at Illinois State from 1997 to 2000, announced his retirement Wednesday on his 40th birthday. Glenn was well known as the first player in CFL history to... Read more »

Illinois FCS football & Jeopardy a winning combination--Part II

Illinois FCS football & Jeopardy a winning combination--Part II
Both the Illinois FCS programs and Jeopardy champion James Holzhauer are on breaks right now. With spring practice over and summer camps not scheduled to begin until the heat of summer, the state’s four teams have some time away from the field. Meanwhile, Naperville native Holzhauer has a two-week hiatus while a teachers tournament fills... Read more »
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"I'll try Illinois FCS for $200, Alex"

"I'll try Illinois FCS for $200, Alex"
Both the Illinois FCS programs and Jeopardy champion James Holzhauer are on breaks right now. With spring practice over and the next camps not scheduled to begin until the heat of summer, the state’s four teams have some time away from the field. Meanwhile, Naperville native Holzhauer has a two-week hiatus while a teachers tournament... Read more »

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook: Seven former Illinois FCS players find ways to NFL camps

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook:  Seven former Illinois FCS players find ways to NFL camps
Following the Kansas City Chiefs’ third-round selection of Khalen Saunders in last weekend’s NFL Draft, seven former Illinois FCS players signed either as undrafted free agents or mini camp tryout candidates. While Western Illinois celebrated Saunders as its first NFL Draft choice in 10 years, three other Leatherneck standouts landed in camps. Quarterback Sean McGuire... Read more »

Kansas City Chiefs take WIU's Saunders in NFL Draft

Kansas City Chiefs take WIU's Saunders in NFL Draft
The Kansas City Chiefs selected Western Illinois defensive lineman Khalen Saunders Friday night in the third round of the NFL Draft. Saunders, who measured at 6-foot and 324-pounds at the NFL Combine in January, was the 84th overall pick. Saunders is first Leatherneck drafted since Dallas took linebacker Jason Williams in 2009.   “Believe in yourself.... Read more »
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Western's Saunders rising up NFL draft boards

Western's Saunders rising up NFL draft boards
Western Illinois defensive tackle Khalen Saunders will likely be the state’s lone FCS representative in this week’s NFL Draft. Moreover, while several media outlets and scouting services have tabbed the 6-foot, 324-pounder as a likely mid-round pick, Saunders’ impressive Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine performances have moved him much higher on the boards. Last... Read more »