Tag: Khalen Saunders

Kansas City Chiefs take WIU's Saunders in NFL Draft

Kansas City Chiefs take WIU's Saunders in NFL Draft
The Kansas City Chiefs selected Western Illinois defensive lineman Khalen Saunders Friday night in the third round of the NFL Draft. Saunders, who measured at 6-foot and 324-pounds at the NFL Combine in January, was the 84th overall pick. Saunders is first Leatherneck drafted since Dallas took linebacker Jason Williams in 2009.   “Believe in yourself.... Read more »

Western's Saunders rising up NFL draft boards

Western's Saunders rising up NFL draft boards
Western Illinois defensive tackle Khalen Saunders will likely be the state’s lone FCS representative in this week’s NFL Draft. Moreover, while several media outlets and scouting services have tabbed the 6-foot, 324-pounder as a likely mid-round pick, Saunders’ impressive Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine performances have moved him much higher on the boards. Last... Read more »

Saunders makes WIU history as first Senior Bowl invitee

Saunders makes WIU history as first Senior Bowl invitee
Defensive standout Khalen Saunders has made Western Illinois history that the likes of Bryan Cox and Rodney Harrison never did. The same goes for James Milton and Edgerton Hartwell, who won Buck Buchanan Awards as Leathernecks, ditto for Brett Taylor and Kyle Glazier finished as runner-ups. Others including Cyron Brown, Lee Russell and Jason Williams were... Read more »
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The Inaugural Prairie State Pigskin Team: Defense

The Inaugural Prairie State Pigskin Team: Defense
With the calendar reading December and the football season over for Illinois’ four FCS teams, it’s time to announce the inaugural Prairie State Pigskin Team. DEFENSE Defensive Lineman:  Khalen Saunders, WIU The sophomore from St. Louis led Leatherneck linemen with 48 tackles as he played both interior line and defensive end. He recorded 1.5 sacks,... Read more »

Lenoir, Taylor Headline WIU All-Conference Picks

Lenoir, Taylor Headline WIU All-Conference Picks
Seven Western Illinois Leathernecks were honored by the Missouri Valley Football Conference, headlined by first team picks Lance Lenoir and Brett Taylor. Lenoir concludes his career as a three-time All-MVFC selection, twice earning First Team honors at wide receiver (2014, 2016). Taylor, a junior, earned his second straight All-MVFC honor, and for the first time... Read more »