D-line duo provides stout front for Western Illinois

D-line duo provides stout front for Western Illinois
When Shabar Wilson visited Macomb, Ill., on his football recruiting trip, fellow defensive lineman Khalen Saunders served as his host. “He reminded me of my older brother,” Wilson, who played high school football in Memphis, told the WIU radio team this week. The two became teammates and are part of a unit that is ranked... Read more »

Illinois FCS Midterm Reports: Illinois State Redbirds

Prairie State Pigskin contacted those close to each Illinois FCS program to get a midterm report on the 2018 season. Here’s our second such report, courtesy of ISU sideline reporter Craig Bertsche. Illinois State (4-1 overall, 1-1 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference)     Offense: B. The Redbirds offense was blistering in the non-conference portion of the... Read more »

RB Scott goes from 'Last Chance' to big chance at EIU

RB Scott goes from 'Last Chance' to big chance at EIU
Before Jamal Scott arrived on Eastern Illinois University’s campus in August, head coach Kim Dameron wasn’t familiar with his new running back’s fame. A transfer from Independence (Kan.) Community College, Scott was one of three running backs to be featured on the hit Netflix series, “Last Chance U.” In one game, Scott ran for 180... Read more »
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Illinois State hosts Southern Illinois in Homecoming clash

Illinois State hosts Southern Illinois in Homecoming clash
A year ago Southern Illinois hosted Illinois State for its Homecoming game. This year, the roles are reversed. “I can’t wait for it. When they played Ole Miss, they hung in for three quarters. They’re a solid team,” ISU senior offensive lineman Donivan O’Day said. “We have to be focused and ready to play. We... Read more »

Illinois FCS Midterm Reports: Southern Illinois Salukis

With roughly half of the college football regular season in the books, Prairie State Pigskin takes a look where the four Illinois FCS teams stand. We’ve reached out to those who see the teams week-in, week-out (and sometimes day-in, day-out). Here’s our first report. Southern Illinois (1-4 overall, 0-2 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference)   Offense: C+. SIU... Read more »

Hill's earliest heroes came from hardcourts

Hill's earliest heroes came from hardcourts
Editor’s note:  This is the third in a four-part series featuring each of the Illinois FCS head coaches. This series, which runs every other Wednesday, focuses on each coach’s favorite teams and athletes as he grew up. Your eyes might fall upon an item that seems out of place in a head football coach’s office. Yet,... Read more »
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Moving the Chains with . . . WIU linebacker Quentin Moon

Moving the Chains with . . . WIU linebacker Quentin Moon
Quentin Moon didn’t redshirt in his time at Western Illinois. In fact, he played in all 13 WIU games as a true freshman. Since that rookie season, Moon has grown into a 6-foot-2, 232-pound linebacker. A two-time honorable mention all-conference player and honor roll student, Moon has served as one of the Leatherneck team captains... Read more »

Murray State races past Eastern Illinois in shootout

Murray State races past Eastern Illinois in shootout
To use a basketball analogy, Eastern Illinois this season has resembled the Paul Westhead-era Loyola-Marymount team: They score points at an incredible pace, yet give them up just as fast. The pattern continued Saturday night in Charleston as Murray State outscored the Panthers 48-41 in an Ohio Valley Conference shootout. The Racers (2-3 overall, 2-3... Read more »

SIU Salukis drop third straight one-score decision

SIU Salukis drop third straight one-score decision
Entering this season many pundits tabbed Southern Illinois as its surprise team, one perhaps ready to contend for a playoff spot. Following a third straight one-score loss, the surprise is that things have gone the other direction for the Salukis. SIU suffered a frustrating 17-14 defeat at Youngstown State Saturday night. The Salukis fell to... Read more »
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Field position, Robinson runs spark ISU fourth-quarter surge

Field position, Robinson runs spark ISU fourth-quarter surge
Second-half starting field position loomed large as Illinois State overcame a determined effort by rival Western Illinois. The Redbirds, ranked 14th in the FCS Coaches Poll, scored 21 fourth-quarter points (including a touchdown in the game’s final 10 seconds) to rally past the Leathernecks for a 33-16 in a Missouri Valley Football Conference game at... Read more »