Tag: Illinois State University

Redbirds slam Rams, rack up another win vs. FBS

Redbirds slam Rams, rack up another win vs. FBS
At 5,000 feet above sea level, the human body experiences a decrease in oxygen. On Saturday in Fort Collins, Colo., Illinois State’s football team took the air out of stadium with 26,000 fans in it. The Redbirds (3-0), ranked 15th in the FCS coaches’ poll entering the game, racked up 538 yards of offense to... Read more »

At 2-0, dynamic Redbirds soar into game against FBS opponent

At 2-0, dynamic Redbirds soar into game against FBS opponent
During a 2-0 start, Illinois State’s dynamic offense has scored 94 points and tallied four touchdowns on plays longer than 30 yards. Defensively, the Redbirds are allowing only 2.8 yards per play and 5.0 points a game. Those results, however, have come against a non-NCAA team (Saint Xavier) and a team that is allowing nearly... Read more »

Balanced offensive attack propelling ISU success

Balanced offensive attack propelling ISU success
Two games into the season, Illinois State football is off and running. And that’s the way head coach Brock Spack likes it. After all, ISU possesses a balanced offense with a mobile quarterback and a stable of thoroughbred runners playing behind solid line. Spack, a Rockford native, grew up watching Big Ten Conference football during... Read more »
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ISU's Spack grew up loving racing, boxing & of course, football

ISU's Spack grew up loving racing, boxing & of course, football
Editor’s note:  This is the first in a four-part series featuring each of the Illinois FCS head coaches. This series, which will run every other Wednesday, focuses on each coach’s favorite teams and athletes as he grew up. Growing up in Rockford, Brock Spack followed sports almost from the time he could walk or pick... Read more »

Illinois State offense shines in Mid-America Classic rout

Illinois State offense shines in Mid-America Classic rout
On a night when wind gusts of more than 20 miles per hour blew through central Illinois, the Illinois State football team ripped through Eastern Illinois with a fierce offense in a 48-10 victory in the 107th Mid-America Classic. Ten of the Redbirds’ 61 plays on the night went for 20 yards or more, including... Read more »

New-look Eastern offense nothing new to ISU head coach

New-look Eastern offense nothing new to ISU head coach
The Air Raid offense is nothing new to Brock Spack, but he’ll see a new-look version Saturday night in the 107th Mid-America Classic game between his Illinois State Redbirds and Eastern Illinois in Normal. “It’s a little different than what we do, so that makes it a challenge,” said Spack, the head coach of ISU,... Read more »
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Redbirds breeze through season opener, blank NAIA St. Xavier

Redbirds breeze through season opener, blank NAIA St. Xavier
With plenty of stiff tests ahead this season, Illinois State eased into the 2018 season Saturday night. The Redbirds, ranked No. 20 in the FCS preseason coaches poll, roared to a 46-0 victory over Saint Xavier University, an NAIA school from the south side of Chicago. The Redbirds forced five turnovers in the season opener... Read more »

Emotional debut awaits new Illinois State QB

Emotional debut awaits new Illinois State QB
When Brady Davis takes his first snap as Illinois State’s starting quarterback Saturday night against NAIA Saint Xavier, he is certain to be emotional. “It’s going to be surreal,” said Davis, a junior transfer from Memphis who attempted one pass in his three years there. “It’ll be humbling. It’s a moment I’ve looked forward to... Read more »

Fresh Faces: Illinois State QB models game after legendary Favre

Fresh Faces: Illinois State QB models game after legendary Favre
Editor’s note: This is the second of our annual four-part Fresh Faces series, focusing on players in new roles for Illinois State. Next: On Wednesday, learn about a big addition to the Western Illinois offensive line. As a young quarterback growing up in Mississippi, Brady Davis didn’t have to look far for a role model... Read more »
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Illinois State expects a return to playoff form

Illinois State expects a return to playoff form
Illinois State football has made tremendous strides since Brock Spack took over as head coach in 2009. His resume is impressive: Four appearances in the FCS playoffs in the last five seasons and back-to-back Missouri Valley Football Conference championships in 2014-15; a berth in the national championship game; national rankings; two conference coach of the... Read more »