5 burning questions for fall 2021: Southern Illinois Salukis

Offensive lineman Ze’Veyon Furcron and running back Romeir Elliott were two Salukis who had plenty to celebrate this spring as SIU made the FCS quarterfinals. (Photo by SIUSalukis.com) Southern Illinois head football coach Nick Hill recalled his own playing days in Carbondale this season when fans loudly chanted “S-I-U, S-I-U” during a playoff victory at... Read more »

SIU Salukis spring postseason capsule

Southern Illinois returned to the FCS playoffs for the first time since 2009. (photo courtesy siusalukis.com) Southern Illinois Salukis Missouri Valley Football Conference Head Coach:  Nick Hill Overall Record:  6-4 Conference Record:  3-3 Biggest Win:  No. 14-ranked Southern Illinois rallied for a dramatic win over No. 3 Weber State, 34-31, in the first round of the FCS playoffs. Saluki quarterback... Read more »

5 burning questions for fall 2021: Eastern Illinois Panthers

Eastern Illinois linebacker Jason Johnson (8) earned first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors this spring after leading the league in tackles. (Photo by EIUPanthers.com) Each week during his Ohio Valley Conference virtual press conference, Eastern Illinois head football coach Adam Cushing discussed the gains his team was making, step by step. Growth is crucial for a... Read more »
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EIU Panthers spring postseason capsule

Charleston native Cole Hoover played in the trenches for Eastern Illinois. (photo courtesy of eiupanthers.com) Eastern Illinois Panthers Ohio Valley Conference Head Coach:  Adam Cushing Overall Record:  1-5 Conference Record:  1-5 Biggest Win:  EIU got solid contributions and key plays in all three phases of the game as the Panthers toppled Tennessee Tech 28-20 at O’Brien Field. Eastern intercepted... Read more »

5 burning questions for fall 2021: Illinois State Redbirds

Defensive tackle and homegrown talent John Ridgeway is among the players who chose to leave the Illinois State program this off-season. (Photo by Barry Bottino) In a unique spring season, the games Illinois State chose not to play became the season’s biggest headline. A wave of injuries, specifically along the defensive line, led head coach... Read more »

ISU Redbirds spring postseason capsule

All-American offensive lineman Drew Himmelman signed as an undrafted free agent with the Denver Broncos. (photo courtesy goredbirds.com) Illinois State Redbirds Missouri Valley Football Conference Head Coach:  Brock Spack Overall Record:  1-3 Conference Record:  1-3 Biggest Win:  The Redbirds rushed for 274 yards en route to a 26-18 victory over rival Western Illinois March 20 at Hancock Stadium. ISU... Read more »
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5 burning questions for fall 2021: Western Illinois

WIU’s Dennis Houston was the team’s leading receiver this spring and earned first-team all-conference honors for the Leathernecks. (Photo by GoLeathernecks.com) The Western Illinois offense was an enigma over the past few months – a wildly successful passing game with veteran players coupled with a sluggish running game made up of new faces that ranked... Read more »

WIU Leathernecks spring postseason capsule

Following his career-best 368 passing yards, Connor Sampson was named Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week. (photo courtesy goleathernecks.com) Western Illinois Leathernecks Missouri Valley Football Conference Head Coach:  Jared Elliott Overall Record:  1-5 Conference Record:  1-5 Biggest Win:  After an 0-5 start, WIU got both a punt and kickoff return for touchdowns as the Leathernecks broke... Read more »

3 things we learned: SIU upset bid thwarted by top seed's 2nd half comeback

Javon Williams Jr. returned to the SIU lineup and made his impact felt. (photo courtesy siusalukis.com) Sometimes the Hollywood script gets thrown out. For much of Sunday night, Southern Illinois appeared on its way to erasing the memory of a 44-3 blowout loss to South Dakota State at Saluki Stadium in March. After falling behind... Read more »
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Trio of former ISU Redbirds find new homes as undrafted NFL free agents

ISU offensive tackle Drew Himmelman signed Saturday with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent. (photo by Barry Bottino, Prairie State Pigskin) After the NFL draft concluded Saturday, three former Illinois State players – Drew Himmelman, Romeo McKnight and Christian Uphoff — were busy finding new football homes as undrafted free agents. Himmelman, a... Read more »