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.