Southern Illinois Salukis Postseason Capsule

Southern Illinois Salukis Postseason Capsule
Southern Illinois receiver Raphael Leonard caught six passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns against Ole Miss. (photo courtesy of siusalukis.com)

Southern Illinois Salukis

Missouri Valley Football Conference

Head Coach:  Nick Hill

Overall Record:  2-9

Conference Record:  1-7

Biggest Win:  The Salukis snapped a six-game losing streak with an inspired performance in a 49-35 road win at Missouri State.

Most Frustrating Loss:  Western Illinois scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, including a 33-yard game-winning field goal with 13 seconds left, handing SIU yet another heart-breaking loss, 34-31. Shortly after the season ended, SIU dimissed four assistant coaches.

Quoatable & Notable:  We have to play championship football at the quarterback position. We have to find a guy who is going to be the guy, the leader."

--SIU head coach Nick Hill after the season-ending loss at North Dakota State

Returning strengths for 2019:  Hill has the players that his staff has recruited the past three years in place; now it's time for them to perform as upperclassmen; versatile D.J. Davis returns for his senior season

Emerging Star:  Crete-Monee High School standout Landon Lenoir returns as SIU's leading receiver for next season

Giving Thanks:  SIU being recognized as No. 2 in the nation for its charity hours

New Year's Wish List:  SIU suffered a number of key injuries during this past season. Any hopes that the Salukis have for a successful 2019 hinges on improved health throughout the campaign.

Biggest Shoes to Fill:  WR Raphel Leonard, the Salukis' top pass catcher and deep threat

Tomorrow:  Barry Bottino explores Five Burning Questions that face SIU football for 2019.

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