Tag: Western Illinois Leathernecks

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 »

5 burning questions for Western Illinois in 2019

5 burning questions for Western Illinois in 2019
Two close losses at the end of the season kept Western Illinois out of the FCS playoffs. A promising start to the season was lost thanks to two defeats by a total of seven points. Along with solving their November struggles, the Leathernecks will have to replace three-year starting quarterback Sean McGuire, one of the... Read more »

Former Illinois collegiate players set for Alliance of American Football debut

Former Illinois collegiate players set for Alliance of American Football debut
Six former Illinois FCS players will continue their football career as newly formed The Alliance of American Football prepares for its February kickoff. Offensive linemen Jacob Judd (Western Illinois) and Cameron Lee (Illinois State) will play for the Arizona Hotshots. Running back Marshaun Coprich (Illinois State) will report to the Birmingham Iron. Former Eastern Illinois... Read more »
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Weather has and will play a factor in FCS playoffs

Weather has and will play a factor in FCS playoffs
With the the FCS playoffs entering the quarterfinal round weather can certainly be a factor in the outcome of games. With that in mind, here’s some famous (or infamous depending on your point of view) games that involved Illinois teams in the I-AA/FCS playoffs. Dec. 10, 1983 Southern Illinois 23, Nevada-Reno 7 On the road... Read more »

ISU tumbles in national polls; Redbirds & WIU Leathernecks on FCS playoff bubble

ISU tumbles in national polls; Redbirds & WIU Leathernecks on FCS playoff bubble
After suffering the latest of three straight losses, Illinois State has fallen in the national polls. ISU, 5-4 overall and 2-4 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, remains ranked in both the STATS and Coaches FCS Polls. The Redbirds, 10-point losers to Northern Iowa Saturday, dropped nine places in both rankings. ISU comes in at No.... Read more »

Western rallies past Southern to keep playoff hopes alive

Western rallies past Southern to keep playoff hopes alive
Western Illinois entered the fourth quarter trailing rival Southern Illinois by 17 points with its postseason hopes fading in the late afternoon light. Showing the resiliency that often marks playoff teams, the Leathernecks rallied for a 34-31 win over the Salukis in Missouri Valley Football Conference action at Saluki Stadium. “We just fought,” WIU quarterback... Read more »
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Leathernecks, Salukis renew rivalry Saturday in Carbondale

Leathernecks, Salukis renew rivalry Saturday in Carbondale
Two years ago, Southern Illinois rallied from a 17-point deficit to knock off No. 24 Western Illinois 44-34 in Carbondale. That result most likely kept WIU out of the FCS playoffs. Last fall, the Leathernecks toppled in Salukis 28-14 in Macomb en route to the postseason. So, what will Saturday’s Missouri Valley Football Conference encounter... Read more »

National media assesses postseason chances for Redbirds, Leathernecks

National media assesses postseason chances for Redbirds, Leathernecks
As the leaves fall and the calendar flips to November, the FCS college football regular season enters its stretch run. With Illinois State and Western Illinois still in the hunt for the FCS playoffs, Prairie State Pigskin assesses the chances of the Redbirds and Leathernecks reaching the postseason party. Illinois State has gone to the playoffs seven... Read more »

Western, revved-up run game face off against No. 17 UNI

Western, revved-up run game face off against No. 17 UNI
In stark contrast to last season, the Western Illinois run game has been in low gear this fall. That is, until the Leathernecks won last week at Missouri State, pounding out 260 yards on the ground. “We were able to get back that identity,” said WIU head coach Jared Elliott, whose team rushed for 80.2... Read more »
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Moving the Chains with . . . WIU linebacker Quentin Moon

Moving the Chains with . . . WIU linebacker Quentin Moon
Quentin Moon didn’t redshirt in his time at Western Illinois. In fact, he played in all 13 WIU games as a true freshman. Since that rookie season, Moon has grown into a 6-foot-2, 232-pound linebacker. A two-time honorable mention all-conference player and honor roll student, Moon has served as one of the Leatherneck team captains... Read more »