Tag: WIU Leathernecks

Illinois FCS football & Jeopardy a winning combination--Part II

Illinois FCS football & Jeopardy a winning combination--Part II
Both the Illinois FCS programs and Jeopardy champion James Holzhauer are on breaks right now. With spring practice over and summer camps not scheduled to begin until the heat of summer, the state’s four teams have some time away from the field. Meanwhile, Naperville native Holzhauer has a two-week hiatus while a teachers tournament fills... Read more »

"I'll try Illinois FCS for $200, Alex"

"I'll try Illinois FCS for $200, Alex"
Both the Illinois FCS programs and Jeopardy champion James Holzhauer are on breaks right now. With spring practice over and the next camps not scheduled to begin until the heat of summer, the state’s four teams have some time away from the field. Meanwhile, Naperville native Holzhauer has a two-week hiatus while a teachers tournament... Read more »

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook: Seven former Illinois FCS players find ways to NFL camps

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook:  Seven former Illinois FCS players find ways to NFL camps
Following the Kansas City Chiefs’ third-round selection of Khalen Saunders in last weekend’s NFL Draft, seven former Illinois FCS players signed either as undrafted free agents or mini camp tryout candidates. While Western Illinois celebrated Saunders as its first NFL Draft choice in 10 years, three other Leatherneck standouts landed in camps. Quarterback Sean McGuire... Read more »
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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 »

Illinois FCS spring ball recaps

Illinois FCS spring ball recaps
With spring practices now completed, the Illinois FCS programs will head into summer workouts with an eye on fall camps in preparation for the 2019 college football season. Three of the four head coaches are Illinois natives:  Illinois State’s Brock Spack (Rockford), Southern Illinois’ Nick Hill (Du Quoin) and Eastern Illinois’ Adam Cushing (Chicago). And,... Read more »

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook: ISU quarterback receives sixth year of eligibility

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook:  ISU quarterback receives sixth year of eligibility
Illinois State football finally received official word last week on something the Redbirds had expected all along. Quarterback Brady Davis was granted a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA. Davis, who transferred to ISU last year from FBS member Memphis, will now have two years of eligibility remaining with the Redbirds. The Columbus, Miss.,... Read more »
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Spring practice ahead for state's FCS programs

Spring practice ahead for state's FCS programs
With both recruiting signing days in the rearview mirror, the four Illinois FCS programs are now focused on the upcoming spring practices. “I think that you can find a lot of really good players at our level that really probably should be FBS players that are left now because so many people feel like they... Read more »

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 »
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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 »