Tag: SIU Salukis

Moving the Chains with . . . former SIU All-American WR Cornell Craig

Moving the Chains with . . . former SIU All-American WR Cornell Craig
Cornell Craig set the gold standard for receivers at Southern Illinois. Craig, who played for the Salukis from 1996 to 1999, established numerous career receiving records at SIU, including most receptions, most receiving yards and most touchdown catches. As a senior, he caught 77 passes for 1,419 yards and 15 touchdowns, earning him national recognition... Read more »

Undrafted by the NFL, these free agents tasted plenty of pro success

Undrafted by the NFL, these free agents tasted plenty of pro success
Seven rounds of this year’s NFL Draft passed without James Robinson hearing his name called. Thus, the star Illinois State running back signed as an undrafted free agent with Jacksonville. Teammate Luther Kirk and Western Illinois’ LaCale London also went the free agent route. While the trio and FCS fans may have been disappointed, they... Read more »

The XFL is gone, but could its kickoff live on?

The XFL is gone, but could its kickoff live on?
The XFL didn’t make it through its reboot season, but could its legacy live on in college football? The league officially ceased operations April 10; some would say by falling TV ratings while others would argue it was a victim of the coronavirus pandemic. No matter the reason, the XFL may have provided the NCAA with... Read more »
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SIU safety Chinn taken in NFL Draft's second round

SIU safety Chinn taken in NFL Draft's second round
The Carolina Panthers made sure that Southern Illinois safety Jeremy Chinn was a second-round pick in Friday night’s NFL Draft. The Panthers, under the direction of general manager Marty Hurney and head coach Matt Rhule, traded up with Seattle to acquire the final pick of the second round and land the versatile Chinn. “We just... Read more »

State FCS coaches set sights on summer, beyond as best they can

State FCS coaches set sights on summer, beyond as best they can
Recent months have produced snow on Halloween, temperatures in the 60s on Christmas Day and more snow the week following Easter. Weather is just one aspect of college football that coaches can’t control. Injuries and the often unpredictable bounce of an oblong football are others. Yet, nothing comes remotely close to the unprecedented uncertainty of... Read more »

2020 NFL Draft Preview: Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois

2020 NFL Draft Preview: Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois
At the beginning of March, Pro Football Focus projected Chinn as a sixth-round selection for the NFL Draft. Oh, how times have changed. Fueled by impressive performances in Senior Bowl workouts, at the NFL Scouting Combine and through interviews with prospective teams, Chinn has risen up draft boards. Dane Brugler of The Athletic has Chinn rated... Read more »
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Spring football certainly in jeopardy for state's FCS programs

Spring football certainly in jeopardy for state's FCS programs
As with all aspects of daily life, the prospects of spring football practice for the four Illinois Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) programs are very much up in the air because of COVID-19. Last Friday, the Missouri Valley Conference announced that all intercollegiate competitions, including MVC championships, have been canceled through the end of the 2019-20 academic year.... Read more »

Passion for football keeps SIU's 'Old Man' feeling young

Passion for football keeps SIU's 'Old Man' feeling young
Southern Illinois senior linebacker Cody Crider has done the math. Three surgeries for a torn ACL. Times six months of rehab for each injury. That equals 18 months of his football career in which his main job was coming back from an injury. “That’s a year-and-a-half doing nothing but rehab,” he said. “Having the passion... Read more »

As spring (football) arrives, Southern Illinois looks to soothe playoff sting

As spring (football) arrives, Southern Illinois looks to soothe playoff sting
The Southern Illinois football team has forgotten about being left out of last season’s FCS playoff field. Or, has it? Before spring practice opened Wednesday in Carbondale, SIU head coach Nick Hill addressed how the team is approaching 2020 after its best overall (7-5) and Missouri Valley Football Conference (5-3) records since 2013. The season... Read more »
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National Signing Day II: SIU Salukis

National Signing Day II:  SIU Salukis
Building off its 18 commitments from December, Southern Illinois football’s recruiting class has grown to 23. SIU announced the additions of running back Robert Jones III and wide receiver Cade Carter during Wednesday’s National Signing Day. The Salukis also added three transfers — senior defensive tackle Jajuan Blackenship (Tulsa), senior cornerback Roderick Campbell (Northwestern) and sophomore defensive tackle Devin Love (Monroe... Read more »