Tag: ISU Redbirds

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 »

Illinois State Redbirds Football Notebook

Illinois State Redbirds Football Notebook
Illinois State has five members on the Missouri Valley Football Conference preseason team, which was selected by MVFC coaches, sports information directors and media members. Three Redbirds–running back James Robinson, offensive tackle Drew Himmelman and wide receiver Spencer Schnell–were named to the first team. Tight end Tylor Petkovich and safety Mitchell Brees were selected to the... Read more »

Throwback Thursday: Mike Prior, Illinois State 2-sport star

Throwback Thursday:  Mike Prior, Illinois State 2-sport star
For a time Mike Prior wasn’t sure which helmet to wear, that of a baseball or football player. “There weren’t too many people knocking down my door (as college football recruiters),” said the former Illinois State standout in both sports. “My junior year, I didn’t even start,” Prior said of his prep football career at... Read more »
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ISU defense 'pretty solid and will be even better next fall'

If this spring’s practices are any indication, then Illinois State head coach Brock Spack has reason to believe his defense will be more than ready for the rigors of the Missouri Valley Football Conference schedule. “The defense played well again today,” Spack said following Saturday’s Spring Showcase scrimmage at Hancock Stadium. “Our defense is pretty... Read more »

Addition of new Redbird OL Megginson is no laughing matter

Addition of new Redbird OL Megginson is no laughing matter
Gabe Megginson has made quite an impression so far in only four months on Illinois State’s campus. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive tackle has been “a tremendous addition to our team,” said ISU head football coach Brock Spack. “He’s fun to be around. He’s just goofy enough that he’s awesome. He makes us laugh. He laughs... Read more »

Whether or not the weather affects this weekend's FCS spring games still up in the air

Whether or not the weather affects this weekend's FCS spring games still up in the air
Logic would tell you that by scheduling spring practices essentially two weeks ahead of other state football programs would run the risk of rough weather (albeit playing in a milder climate six hours south of Chicago). Yet, this spring, logic has resembled a wind-blown shanked punt. And that turned out well for Nick Hill. The... Read more »
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Former ISU star joins The Bachelorette fray

The tweet by @RedbirdFB says it all. That’s right, coming to a reality TV screen near you (or phone or tablet or however you watch your favorite shows these days) is former All-American defensive star Colton Underwood. Illinois State fans remember Underwood fondly as the 6-foot-4, 255-pound dynamo who is one of three Redbird players in program history... Read more »

Fall Flashback: ISU upends unbeaten South Dakota for Homecoming triumph

Illinois State defensive lineman Dalton Keene celebrates during the Redbirds' Homecoming win. (photo courtesy of GoRedbirds.com)
This photo gallery highlights Illinois State’s 37-21 win Homecoming win over No. 4 and previously undefeated South Dakota last fall. It is the first in a series of four galleries highlighting the biggest victories by Illinois FCS schools from the 2017 season.  

ISU recruiting class features nationally rated safety

ISU recruiting class features nationally rated safety
After missing the FCS playoffs for the first time since 2013, head coach Brock Spack’s Illinois State Redbirds are dead set on returning to the postseason. One of the key areas that ISU needs to rebuild is the defensive backfield. With three of four starters lost to graduation including NFL Draft Combine invitee Davontae Harris,... Read more »
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Illinois FCS Notebook: Redshirt rule proposal, staffings, CFL history & top Dawgs

Illinois FCS Notebook:  Redshirt rule proposal, staffings, CFL history & top Dawgs
Two weeks ago, American Football Coaches Association executive director Todd Berry said that a proposal is in the works that would allow a player to be granted a redshirt so long as he’s played in four games or less in a season. The major change in the rule would mean that those four games could come at anytime... Read more »