Tag: EIU Panthers

EIU's Johnson named MVP in postseason all-star game

EIU's Johnson named MVP in postseason all-star game
Eastern Illinois running back Isaiah Johnson was selected as the National Offensive MVP player in Sunday’s FCS National Bowl played in Daytona Beach. Johnson, the Panthers’ leading rusher this past season, produced 128 total yards on offense in the game. The Clarksville, Tenn. native rushed seven times, gaining 18 yards but had a loss of 14, thus his... Read more »

Illinois Bicentennial: EIU pulled off a miracle in 1978

Illinois Bicentennial:  EIU pulled off a miracle in 1978
To commemorate the upcoming Dec. 3 bicentennial of Illinois becoming a state, Prairie State Pigskin begins a series today featuring some milestones in the Land of Lincoln’s football lore. Today, we highlight Eastern Illinois’ 1978 national championship with an excerpt from EIU Panthers Football (published by NIU Press). As the waning seconds of the 1980... Read more »

Will Eastern Illinois' next football coach come from this group of candidates?

Will Eastern Illinois' next football coach come from this group of candidates?
It’s been just over a week since Eastern Illinois announced its decision to not renew the contract of head football coach Kim Dameron. The Panthers were 3-8 this season and have not made the FCS playoffs since 2015. Dameron’s record was 27-30 in his five seasons in Charleston. He had winning seasons in three of the... Read more »
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Hollins headlines EIU all-conference selections

Hollins headlines EIU all-conference selections
Senior wide receiver Alexander Hollins headlined a group of six Eastern Illinois players honored by the Ohio Valley Conference Tuesday. Hollins was named the OVC first team after ranking among the nation’s top wide receivers all season.  “It’s an great honor,” Hollins told Prairie State Pigskin. “Huge shout out to my coaching staff and my o-line. They... Read more »

EIU dismisses Dameron; national coaching search underway

Eastern Illinois announced Sunday afternoon that it will not renew the contract of Kim Dameron, who just completed his fifth year as Panthers’ head coach. The Panthers were 3-8 this season and have not made the FCS playoffs since 2015. Dameron’s record was 27-30 in his five seasons in Charleston. He had winning seasons in three... 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 »
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Eastern faces OVC's biggest surprise in season finale

Eastern faces OVC's biggest surprise in season finale
When the Eastern Illinois football team takes the field today for its season finale in Cape Girardeau, Mo., the Panthers will face the Ohio Valley Conference’s biggest surprise. Southeast Missouri, which was 3-8 the past two seasons, has enjoyed a big turnaround to 7-3 and a No. 23 national ranking. A win against EIU (3-7)... Read more »

Panthers pour it on in rout of Austin Peay

Panthers pour it on in rout of Austin Peay
In the midst of a difficult season, Eastern Illinois sent its 2018 senior class out with quite a memory Saturday in Charleston. The Panthers scored the first five touchdowns of the game and roared to a 52-21 rout against Austin Peay at O’Brien Field on Senior Day. The early damage was done on the ground with... Read more »

EIU bids farewell to seniors in Saturday's home finale

EIU bids farewell to seniors in Saturday's home finale
In a season that hasn’t gone the way they planned, the Eastern Illinois Panthers will wrap up their home schedule Saturday at O’Brien Field in Charleston. EIU’s opponent is another Ohio Valley Conference team that has experienced a disappointing year. While Eastern has won just two games this season, Austin Peay is 4-5, a major... Read more »
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Moving the Chains with . . . EIU receiver Aaron Gooch

Moving the Chains with . . . EIU receiver Aaron Gooch
Aaron Gooch walked on at Eastern Illinois in 2014. He redshirted that season, but worked his way into becoming a special teams starter the following year. By his sophomore season, Gooch had moved into the starting lineup as a wide receiver. Two years later, he’s a vital part of EIU’s Air Raid offense as well... Read more »