Tag: Western Illinois University

Leathernecks lasso 16 recruits, including six transfers

Leathernecks lasso 16 recruits, including six transfers
Head coach Jared Elliott’s second Western Illinois recruiting class delivered 16 new players for the Leatherneck program. A year ago, Elliott and his staff had to work quickly in a shorter amount of time when the then 31-year-old Elliott was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach when Charlie Fisher left Macomb to join the... 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 »

Western Illinois Leathernecks Postseason Capsule

Western Illinois Leathernecks Postseason Capsule
Western Illinois Leathernecks Missouri Valley Football Conference Head Coach:  Jared Elliott Overall Record:  5-5 Conference Record:  4-3 Biggest Win:  The Leathernecks knocked off No. 17 and future FCS playoff participant Northern Iowa 37-17 on Oct. 27. The victory marked the third consecutive season WIU posted at least two victories over a Top 25 team.  Most Frustrating Loss: Indiana State... Read more »
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WIU lands seven on All-Missouri Valley teams

WIU lands seven on All-Missouri Valley teams
Seven proved to be a lucky number for Western Illinois football Monday when the Missouri Valley Football Conference announced its 2018 all-league teams. WIU landed seven on the postseason lists. First team recognition went to fullback Clint Ratkovich, defensive lineman Khalen Saunders and linebacker Pete Swenson. Receiver Isaiah LeSure, linebacker Quentin Moon, safety Justin Fitzpatrick and running... Read more »

16 things we're thankful for at Prairie State Pigskin

16 things we're thankful for at Prairie State Pigskin
“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.” -Erma Bombeck Fortunately, the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision season isn’t just 12 minutes (or even 18 hours). Technically, it runs for August through the national championship game in January. But, we at Prairie State Pigskin live... Read more »

Dreaming of a November to remember double-header

Dreaming of a November to remember double-header
There were college football games this past weekend at Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park and Sun Trust Park. Nearly two years ago Prairie State Pigskin pondered if such a venture could happen for the Illinois FCS teams. Odds Against FCS Game at Guaranteed Rate Field Last week Prairie State Pigskin contacted Dan Polvere, special events consultant for the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority (ISFA), who... Read more »
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Last-second field goal ends Western’s playoff dream

Last-second field goal ends Western’s playoff dream
As the last-second Indiana State field goal soared through the uprights, Western Illinois saw the bottom fall out of its playoff chances. “We just didn’t make enough plays at the end of the day,” said head coach WIU head coach Jared Elliott of the 15-13 loss Saturday at Hanson Field in blustery Macomb. “That’s what... Read more »

WIU faces must-win scenario to keep alive playoff hopes

WIU faces must-win scenario to keep alive playoff hopes
Despite suffering a frustrating 17-12 loss last weekend at South Dakota, Western Illinois still feels it has a shot at making the 24-team FCS playoff field. “We’re going to move on and correct the things we need to correct and go find a way to beat Indiana State,” WIU head coach Jared Elliott said in... Read more »

Moving the Chains ... with WIU LB Pete Swenson

Moving the Chains ... with WIU LB Pete Swenson
Mention Pete Swenson’s hometown in north-central Iowa, and the Western Illinois linebacker will tell you about one of the coolest Fourth of July celebrations around. Swenson has provided plenty of fireworks on the field this season, leading the Missouri Valley Football Conference with 14 sacks and 23 tackles for loss.   In this edition of... Read more »
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Stalled running game damages Western Illinois playoff bid

Stalled running game damages Western Illinois playoff bid
In 2015, Bob Nielson coached his Western Illinois Leathernecks into the FCS playoffs. Saturday, as head coach of the South Dakota Coyotes, Nielson may well have prevented Western from the postseason. South Dakota shut down WIU’s offense for most of the game to post a 17-12 win in Missouri Valley Football Conference action. The loss,... Read more »