Tag: Eastern Illinois Panthers

Saunders makes WIU history as first Senior Bowl invitee

Saunders makes WIU history as first Senior Bowl invitee
Defensive standout Khalen Saunders has made Western Illinois history that the likes of Bryan Cox and Rodney Harrison never did. The same goes for James Milton and Edgerton Hartwell, who won Buck Buchanan Awards as Leathernecks, ditto for Brett Taylor and Kyle Glazier finished as runner-ups. Others including Cyron Brown, Lee Russell and Jason Williams were... Read more »

Former Illinois collegiate players set for Alliance of American Football debut

Former Illinois collegiate players set for Alliance of American Football debut
Six former Illinois FCS players will continue their football career as newly formed The Alliance of American Football prepares for its February kickoff. Offensive linemen Jacob Judd (Western Illinois) and Cameron Lee (Illinois State) will play for the Arizona Hotshots. Running back Marshaun Coprich (Illinois State) will report to the Birmingham Iron. Former Eastern Illinois... Read more »

Weather has and will play a factor in FCS playoffs

Weather has and will play a factor in FCS playoffs
With the the FCS playoffs entering the quarterfinal round weather can certainly be a factor in the outcome of games. With that in mind, here’s some famous (or infamous depending on your point of view) games that involved Illinois teams in the I-AA/FCS playoffs. Dec. 10, 1983 Southern Illinois 23, Nevada-Reno 7 On the road... Read more »
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EIU's Johnson headed to FCS Bowl in Daytona Beach

EIU's Johnson headed to FCS Bowl in Daytona Beach
The leading rusher for Eastern Illinois will participate in the upcoming FCS Bowl in Daytona Beach, Fla. “(It’s) the opportunity to be able to suit up one more time and play another game but in front of scouts that can potentially get us an opportunity at the next level,” Johnson told Prairie State Pigskin. Johnson led... Read more »

SEMO's timely answers shut down Eastern in finale

SEMO's timely answers shut down Eastern in finale
For each big play that Eastern Illinois enjoyed Saturday at Southeast Missouri, the Redhawks had answers. In the Panthers’ 2018 season finale, FCS playoff-bound SEMO used its powerful offense to put stubborn EIU away, 38-32. Eastern (3-8) closed within six points on three different occasions, but couldn’t overcome the Redhawks (8-3). Perhaps the biggest answer... Read more »

Summer Daze: Former Illinois players share their worst jobs

Summer Daze:  Former Illinois players share their worst jobs
Nearly everyone has worked those summer jobs that helped earn a little spending money, filled idle hours, kept parents at bay and taught valuable life lessons. The following is a collection of responses I got to the question, “What was your worst summer job” when I wrote my books on college football in Illinois. This... Read more »
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Prairie State Pigskin Notebook: ISU dismisses leading tackler, Hall of Fame names & the return of a Panther great

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook:  ISU dismisses leading tackler, Hall of Fame names & the return of a Panther great
Illinois State has dismissed its leading tackler from the team, according to a recent story by beat writer Randy Reinhardt of The Pantagraph. ISU head coach Brock Spack confirmed that senior linebacker Tyree Horton was removed from the team “by an accumulation of events and not one major transgression,” according to Reinhardt’s story. “I gave him... Read more »

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook: Former Western receiver continues long Arena career

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook:  Former Western receiver continues long Arena career
Former Western Illinois receiver and Chicago native Reggie Gray has led a nomadic life as a professional football player. The 34-year-old Gray began his Arena Football League career in 2011 as a member of the Chicago Rush. However, after three seasons playing for his hometown team, the Rush folded. Thus, the Morgan Park High School... Read more »

Throwback Thursday: John Jurkovic, EIU defensive star

Throwback Thursday:  John Jurkovic, EIU defensive star
John Jurkovic can be heard daily on Chicago sports talk radio. Most who knew him back in his days as an All-American defensive lineman at Eastern Illinois aren’t surprised. “(John was a) crafty player (with a) great entertaining personality,” said Randy Melvin who coached Jurkovic in his junior and senior seasons. Jurkovic first caught the... Read more »
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Prairie State Pigskin Notebook: Spring games, spring sports, spring league and ISU rug redo

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook: Spring games, spring sports, spring league and ISU rug redo
For all intents, this past Saturday closed spring camp for the Southern Illinois football. The Salukis concluded their spring practices with their annual spring game in Carbondale and a Monday walk-through. Meanwhile, the three other FCS programs in Illinois have a week and a half  of workouts left on their schedules. “Any time you can... Read more »