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Former SIU player hailed as hero released from hospital after school shooting

Former SIU player hailed as hero released from hospital after  school shooting
Former Southern Illinois defensive lineman Jason Seaman has been released from the hospital, according to multiple reports Saturday.  Seaman, who lettered for SIU 2007-2010, suffered three gunshot wounds after confronting an armed student in his class Friday. After undergoing surgery, he has been released from Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Seaman, who grew... Read more »

Throwback Thursday: Mike Prior, Illinois State 2-sport star

Throwback Thursday:  Mike Prior, Illinois State 2-sport star
For a time Mike Prior wasn’t sure which helmet to wear, that of a baseball or football player. “There weren’t too many people knocking down my door (as college football recruiters),” said the former Illinois State standout in both sports. “My junior year, I didn’t even start,” Prior said of his prep football career at... Read more »

Throwback Thursday: Lou Saban, Western Illinois coach

Throwback Thursday:  Lou Saban, Western Illinois coach
In a profession filled with rolling stones, Lou Saban may have been the most nomadic of them all. “When Lou took a job his next thought was what would be the job after that,” said former Western Illinois assistant and Macomb native Robert “Red” Miller in 2009. To stress his point, Miller told a story... Read more »
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Throwback Thursday: Houston Antwine, the greatest two-way lineman in SIU history

Throwback Thursday:  Houston Antwine, the greatest two-way lineman in SIU history
On the surface Houston Antwine appeared bigger than life. At the core, the 6-foot, 270-pound native of Louise, Mississippi was simply the greatest two-way lineman in Saluki history. “In my honest opinion, using every piece of information that I have and trying to be objective and respectful of those who played before and after us,... Read more »

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook: 14 sign as NFL free agents; administrative change at Southern Illinois

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook: 14 sign as NFL free agents; administrative change at Southern Illinois
With this past weekend’s NFL Draft officially over, 14 former Illinois FCS players have signed contracts as undrafted free agents. Eastern Illinois, Southern Illinois and Western Illinois each had four players sign as free agents, and while Illinois State had “only” two players, the Redbirds were the lone team to have a player drafted (DB Davontae... Read more »

Bengals draft Illinois State defensive back in fifth round

Bengals draft Illinois State defensive back in fifth round
The last two Illinois State defensive backs taken in the NFL Draft turned out to have pretty strong careers.  Perhaps that will bode well for Davontae Harris, the latest Redbird to be selected. The Cincinnati Bengals tabbed Harris as their fifth-round  pick of this year’s NFL Draft. The Wichita, Kan. native was the 151st player... Read more »
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New faces at QB, defense deliver headlines in Eastern spring game

New faces at QB, defense deliver headlines in Eastern spring game
Defense won the day last weekend at the Eastern Illinois spring football game. The Panthers’ defensive unit won, 34-27, over the offense at O’Brien Field in Charleston, Ill. But perhaps the biggest winners were two new faces at quarterback running the Panthers’ new-look Air Raid offense. Navarro Junior College transfer Harry Woodbery (17-for-27, 198 yards,... Read more »

Will Illinois State's Harris be the latest Land of Lincoln FCS player drafted?

Will Illinois State's Harris be the latest Land of Lincoln FCS player drafted?
With this year’s NFL Draft taking place today through Saturday at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, a group of former Illinois FCS players are hopeful of being lassoed by one of the league’s 32 teams. If their names are not called for any of the 256 selections over seven rounds, signing as an undrafted... Read more »

Western Illinois wraps up spring practice with 'consistent improvement'

Western Illinois wraps up spring practice with 'consistent improvement'
A year ago, Western Illinois debuted a new defensive scheme in its spring practices. This time around the Leathernecks debuted a new head coach. Jared Elliott, who took over for Charlie Fisher in January, closed his first spring camp as head coach with the Bruce Craddock Memorial Spring Game. Last season, Elliott served as Fisher’s co-offensive... Read more »
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ISU defense 'pretty solid and will be even better next fall'

If this spring’s practices are any indication, then Illinois State head coach Brock Spack has reason to believe his defense will be more than ready for the rigors of the Missouri Valley Football Conference schedule. “The defense played well again today,” Spack said following Saturday’s Spring Showcase scrimmage at Hancock Stadium. “Our defense is pretty... Read more »