Tag: Illinois State University

Illinois State not lacking for Robinson replacements

Illinois State not lacking for Robinson replacements
The last time we saw Illinois State on the football field, James Robinson’s immense talent was on full display. The second-leading rusher in ISU history was plowing through defenses on his way to 601 yards in three FCS playoff games. “James is obviously a great player and very tough,” ISU head coach Brock Spack said... Read more »

2020 NFL Draft Preview: James Robinson, RB, Illinois State

2020 NFL Draft Preview: James Robinson, RB, Illinois State
James Robinson left a legacy for both the Illinois State and the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The next question being pondered is the mark the Rockford native leaves in pro football. From all indications, Robinson will become the fifth Redbird drafted under head coach Brock Spack, who was hired by ISU in 2009. Robinson not... Read more »

ISU's Megginson playing a happier, healthier tune

ISU's Megginson playing a happier, healthier tune
While playing in only two games last season because of a back injury, Illinois State offensive lineman Gabe Megginson had plenty of newfound free time. On gamedays, he often sensed he was out of place on the sidelines. “I felt so lazy,” he joked. “I’m just sitting there watching everybody, in sweats, drinking coffee.” Away... Read more »
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Getting to know Tre Roberson, former ISU quarterback turned Bears DB

Getting to know Tre Roberson, former ISU quarterback turned Bears DB
After a standout season as one of the top defensive backs in the Canadian Football League, Tre Roberson signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bears last month. According to a Tribune report by Brad Biggs, Roberson worked out for 12 NFL teams since the start of January and had contract offers from nine of... Read more »

National Signing Day II: Illinois State Redbirds

National Signing Day II: Illinois State Redbirds
Illinois State made plenty of noise in the FCS playoffs in December, then added 12 high school players and an FBS transfer that same month on national signing day. The Redbirds closed its signing class Feb. 5 by signing three more prep players, including two offensive linemen totaling 575 pounds. Here’s a collection of news,... Read more »

Ex-ISU Redbirds cap collegiate careers with strong showings in East-West Shrine Bowl

Ex-ISU Redbirds cap collegiate careers with strong showings in East-West Shrine Bowl
Playing in an indoor stadium whose main occupants are a Major League Baseball team, two former Illinois State Redbirds may have opened doors and more than a few eyes in their quests toward professional football careers. Running back James Robinson and safety Luther Kirk grabbed attention with their performances in the practices leading up to... Read more »
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5 burning questions for Illinois State in 2020

5 burning questions for Illinois State in 2020
Running back James Robinson is taking his immense talents to a potential pro career. Looking ahead to 2020, that leaves a big hole in the Illinois State offense. Just how big? Robinson’s 364 carries this season were the second-most in ISU history, and he led the Missouri Valley Football Conference with 1,917 yards and 18... Read more »

Illinois State Redbirds Postseason Capsule

Illinois State Redbirds Postseason Capsule
Illinois State Redbirds Missouri Valley Football Conference Head Coach:  Brock Spack Overall Record:  10-5 (reached FCS playoff quarterfinals) Conference Record:  5-3 Biggest Regular Season Win:  Then-No. 11 Illinois State took advantage of four turnovers by No. 4 South Dakota State and knocked off the Jackrabbits 27-18 in Brookings. Biggest Playoff Win:  Senior James Robinson followed up his 297-yard... Read more »

National Signing Day: Illinois State Redbirds

National Signing Day: Illinois State Redbirds
Fresh off its FCS quarterfinal playoff berth, the Illinois State Redbirds announced the commitments of 12 players on National Signing Day. According to the ISU athletic website, the group includes seven offensive players, five defensive standouts and one kicker. Four signees hail from the state of Illinois, with two from Texas and Wisconsin and one... Read more »
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3 things we learned: Illinois State falls short against top-ranked North Dakota State

3 things we learned: Illinois State falls short against top-ranked North Dakota State
While its defense hung with the top team in the nation, Illinois State’s offense wasn’t in the same league in Saturday’s 9-3 FCS quarterfinal playoff loss to North Dakota State. The defeat ended the Redbirds’ season with a 10-5 record. NDSU (14-0) moved into the national semifinals for the ninth straight year. The Bison will... Read more »