Tag: Illinois State Redbirds

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook: ISU quarterback receives sixth year of eligibility

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook:  ISU quarterback receives sixth year of eligibility
Illinois State football finally received official word last week on something the Redbirds had expected all along. Quarterback Brady Davis was granted a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA. Davis, who transferred to ISU last year from FBS member Memphis, will now have two years of eligibility remaining with the Redbirds. The Columbus, Miss.,... 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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ISU tumbles in national polls; Redbirds & WIU Leathernecks on FCS playoff bubble

ISU tumbles in national polls; Redbirds & WIU Leathernecks on FCS playoff bubble
After suffering the latest of three straight losses, Illinois State has fallen in the national polls. ISU, 5-4 overall and 2-4 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, remains ranked in both the STATS and Coaches FCS Polls. The Redbirds, 10-point losers to Northern Iowa Saturday, dropped nine places in both rankings. ISU comes in at No.... Read more »

National media assesses postseason chances for Redbirds, Leathernecks

National media assesses postseason chances for Redbirds, Leathernecks
As the leaves fall and the calendar flips to November, the FCS college football regular season enters its stretch run. With Illinois State and Western Illinois still in the hunt for the FCS playoffs, Prairie State Pigskin assesses the chances of the Redbirds and Leathernecks reaching the postseason party. Illinois State has gone to the playoffs seven... Read more »

Top defenses on display as Illinois State travels to North Dakota State for Top 10 showcase

Top defenses on display as Illinois State travels to North Dakota State for Top 10 showcase
The top two defenses in the Missouri Valley Football Conference will be on display in a Top 10 national battle between Illinois State and North Dakota State Saturday in Fargo. And it’s a confrontation that was immediately recognized following the Redbirds’ impressive 51-3 romp over Southern Illinois last weekend. “We’ve got a big challenge up... Read more »
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Illinois State wins rivalry game, Spack loses 'stache

Illinois State wins rivalry game, Spack loses 'stache
NORMAL–Brock Spack’s new look was the opposite of the game’s result–a close shave. The 10-year Illinois State head coach made a deal with his team that if the Redbirds could beat rival Southern Illinois by at least 35 points–the margin of last year’s 42-7 loss in Carbondale–then Spack would shave his famous mustache after the... 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 »

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 »
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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 »