Tag: Southern Illinois University

SIU's first steps onto field are cautious amid COVID-19

SIU's first steps onto field are cautious amid COVID-19
When Nick Hill joins the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s weekly conference call with other head coaches today, he expects a few questions from his colleagues. Hill, the head coach at Southern Illinois, and his team began fall training camp late last week in advance of its scheduled Aug. 29 season opener at Kansas. “We’re one... Read more »

Driven by winning, SIU quarterback Lyles makes off-season count

Driven by winning, SIU quarterback Lyles makes off-season count
After college football programs across the country shut down workouts in March, Kare’ Lyles was at a loss. “I spent two weeks just trying to get a grasp on what was going on,” said Lyles, the starting quarterback who led Southern Illinois to a 7-5 record last season, its best since 2013. Longing to keep... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

SIU's Chinn ready to soak in Senior Bowl experience

SIU's Chinn ready to soak in Senior Bowl experience
Southern Illinois senior Jeremy Chinn grew up outside Indianapolis at a great time to be a Colts fan. Before becoming one of the top college safeties in the country, Chinn cheered on legendary Colts such as Bob Sanders, a smart, hard-hitting safety from the University of Iowa. Chinn never focused on one position as a... Read more »
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5 burning questions for Southern Illinois in 2020

5 burning questions for Southern Illinois in 2020
For the Southern Illinois football program, 2019 was a breakthrough. The Salukis’ 7-5 overall record and 5-3 Missouri Valley Football Conference marks were the first winning records since 2013. It was also the first winning season in head coach Nick Hill’s four-year tenure. SIU put together an impressive five-game winning streak down the stretch, beat... Read more »