Throwback Thursday: Strange circumstances end WIU first-round pick's career

Throwback Thursday:  Strange circumstances end WIU first-round pick's career
Fifty-five years ago Leroy Jackson was the 11th overall pick in the 1962 NFL draft, the highest selection ever of a player from Western Illinois University. Originally chosen by the Cleveland Browns, Jackson was part of a multi-player trade that landed the running back with the Washington Redskins. The Chicago Heights native had been a... Read more »

State FCS NFL Draft History Capsule

The following is a capsule featuring highlights of the NFL Draft over the histories of the Illinois Football Championship Subdivision programs. Western Illinois Leathernecks Overall NFL Draft Picks:  30 Picks by Decade: 1960s-2; 1970s-12; 1980s-6; 1990s-6; 2000s-4 Highest: Leroy Jackson, 11th overall (Round 1), 1962 First:  Leroy Jackson, 1962 Most Recent:  Jason Williams, 2009 Southern... Read more »

EIU defensive end in a rush to help Panthers' defense

EIU defensive end in a rush to help Panthers' defense
CHARLESTON, Ill. – In his first season at Eastern Illinois, defensive lineman Chibuike Nwuda had two tackles. The senior defensive end is planning to make his final season a memorable one by helping the pass rush. Nwuda had 4.5 of the defense’s 10 sacks Saturday to help the EIU defense defeat the offense, 37-20, in... Read more »
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Lee, Lenoir late-round candidates in NFL Draft

Lee, Lenoir late-round candidates in NFL Draft
I’ve now had more official visits with NFL teams than I did with college teams. It’s funny how things work out.#DiamondInTheRough #WalkOn –Cameron Lee on Twitter  When the three-day NFL draft kicks off tomorrow night in Philadelphia, experts have their doubts that any of the four Illinois FCS programs will have a player selected. “This... Read more »

Able-bodied quarterback a healthy sign for EIU offense

Able-bodied quarterback a healthy sign for EIU offense
Charleston, Ill.–At this time last year Mitch Kimble could only watch his teammates in the annual Eastern Illinois spring game. Sidelined while recovering from back surgery, the Syracuse transfer was far from being in any semblance of game shape. This time around Kimble shined as the Panthers closed out spring practice with its yearly April... Read more »

New defensive alignment shines in WIU spring game

New defensive alignment shines in WIU spring game
Macomb, Ill.–Friday night’s annual spring game provided Western Illinois’ defense an opportunity to test its newly installed 3-4 defense. And WIU head coach Charlie Fisher liked what he saw. “I thought it was a good game, you had a lot of good plays on both sides, I like the way our defense is playing and... Read more »
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New faces bring talent, high hopes for WIU passing game

New faces bring talent, high hopes for WIU passing game
MACOMB, Ill. — The players catching passes Friday night weren’t exactly household names to Western Illinois football fans. The team’s annual Bruce Craddock Memorial spring game, in fact, featured 10 different receivers. Eight of those didn’t catch a single ball in 2016. “They’re people that fans might not have noticed, but we all know their... Read more »

Watching Redbirds soar in spring excites Illinois State coach

Watching Redbirds soar in spring excites Illinois State coach
Entering his 32nd year as a collegiate coach and his ninth as the Illinois State head coach, Brock Spack still gets a kick out of spring football practice. “I like watching young players who have redshirted and guys who haven’t had a huge role,” he told Prairie State Pigskin. “Their roles get bigger and you... Read more »

Throwback Thursday: Tom Baugh, SIU center

Throwback Thursday:  Tom Baugh, SIU center
Over the years college football coaches have used all shorts of methods to land prized recruits. Some use flashy video presentations. Others hang a uniform affixed with the prospect’s name and preferred number in neatly staged locker. Many bring in high profile alumni to hawk the virtues of the program. There are also pretty girls... Read more »
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Leatherneck dynamic duo more than just batmen

Leatherneck dynamic duo more than just batmen
One plays defensive back. The other is the featured ball carrier. One is a die-hard St. Louis Cardinals fan; the other roots for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Yet, they regularly stand side-by-side in the Western Illinois outfield. These two Leathernecks are sophomores Justin Fitzpatrick and Steve McShane respectively. On the football field, Fitzpatrick sports No.... Read more »