Tag: Jaelon Acklin

Acklin off to fast (food-less) success in Canadian Football League

Acklin off to fast (food-less) success in Canadian Football League
Giving up short-term tastes in exchange for receiving long-term goals has Jaelon Acklin and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats sitting atop the Canadian Football League East Division standings. After three collegiate seasons in which he caught a combined 21 passes at Western Illinois, Acklin made the most of his senior year. “Once I quit soda and quit... Read more »

Will Illinois State's Harris be the latest Land of Lincoln FCS player drafted?

Will Illinois State's Harris be the latest Land of Lincoln FCS player drafted?
With this year’s NFL Draft taking place today through Saturday at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, a group of former Illinois FCS players are hopeful of being lassoed by one of the league’s 32 teams. If their names are not called for any of the 256 selections over seven rounds, signing as an undrafted... Read more »

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook: Harris, Acklin performances impress pro scouts

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook:  Harris, Acklin performances impress pro scouts
A pair of former Illinois FCS players recently impressed NFL personnel with strong showings as the April draft approaches. Ex-Illinois State defensive Davontae Harris shined at the NFL Combine, held in Indianapolis in late February through early March. Harris’s “22 reps on the bench press were the best among all cornerbacks and his 4.43 40-yard... Read more »
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WIU seniors Taylor, Acklin dot multiple All-American lists

WIU seniors Taylor, Acklin dot multiple All-American lists
It didn’t matter whether the offense or the defense was on the turf this past season as Western Illinois had an All-American on the field either way. Senior linebacker Brett Taylor and senior wide receiver Jaelon Acklin headline the WIU list of All-American selections. Taylor landed on the following All-American teams as a First Team... Read more »

WIU head coach shares thoughts on lack of interest for Leatherneck all-stars

WIU head coach shares thoughts on lack of interest for Leatherneck all-stars
Western Illinois head coach Charlie Fisher shared his thoughts late Monday afternoon on two of his all-conference players not receiving any postseason all-star game invitations. As of today, neither WIU linebacker Brett Taylor nor receiver Jaelon Acklin has landed on any all-star game rosters. “It’s disappointing because they’re both game-worthy guys,” Fisher said from the... Read more »

WIU stars holding out hope for postseason all-star invitations

WIU stars holding out hope for postseason all-star invitations
The nation’s leading tackler and Western Illinois’ single-season receiving record holder can’t seem to get near the postseason all-star ball. To date, WIU linebacker Brett Taylor and receiver Jaelon Acklin have yet to get any postseason all-star showcase invitations. Taylor, who grew up in Macomb and was a regular at WIU practices from a young age,... Read more »
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Redbirds continue to fly in polls; Leatherneck receiver wins national award

Redbirds continue to fly in polls; Leatherneck receiver wins national award
Unbeaten Illinois State continues to move up the national rankings, while a Western Illinois receiver was chosen as national player of the week. National polls Brock Spack’s ISU Redbirds (4-0) rank seventh in this week’s FCS Coaches poll. Illinois State, which is 2-0 in Missouri Valley Football Conference games, is No. 11 in the STATS... Read more »

Despite record-setting day, Western falls in home opener

Despite record-setting day, Western falls in home opener
Despite a record-setting day by Western Illinois senior wide receiver Jaelon Acklin, the Leathernecks’ furious second half rally fell short. As a result, WIU suffered its first loss of the season. South Dakota, coached by former WIU head coach Bob Nielson, built a large lead and held on for a 38-33 win over Western Saturday... Read more »