Archive for November 2016

Lenoir Accepts Invitation to Collegiate All-Star Game

Lenoir Accepts Invitation to Collegiate All-Star Game
Record-setting Western Illinois wide receiver Lance Lenoir revealed via Twitter that he will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. “Pleased to announce that I will accept the invitation to the @NFLPABowl,” Lenoir tweeted Wednesday. The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl is scheduled for Jan. 21, 2017 on the campus of California State Dominguez Hills. The game will... Read more »

Straughan Excited for FCS Bowl Opportunity

Straughan Excited for FCS Bowl Opportunity
For Josh Straughan, Sunday’s FCS National Bowl is a rebirth of sorts. Earlier this fall, the senior transfer from Stillman College appeared well on his way to breaking passing records for Southern Illinois University. Through eight games, Straughan had thrown for 2,429 yards while completing 67.38 percent of his passes. In addition, he had 15 touchdowns while... Read more »

Two Redbirds Chosen for Valley All-Newcomer Team

Two Redbirds Chosen for Valley All-Newcomer Team
Two more Illinois State football players were honored by the Missouri Valley Football Conference Tuesday. According to an official ISU release, senior linebacker B.J. Bello and sophomore wide receiver Spencer Schnell made big contributions in their first seasons with the Redbird football program, and for their efforts, each was named to the MVFC All-Newcomer Team. The Redbird duo is... Read more »
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Missouri Valley Football Conference Tabs Gilmore for All-Newcomer Team

Missouri Valley Football Conference Tabs Gilmore for All-Newcomer Team
Western Illinois senior Jamie Gilmore was chosen as a running back on the Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer team. Gilmore, a graduate transfer from Temple, played in 10 games for Western. He rushed for 157 yards and tied for second on the team with five rushing touchdowns. He caught 24 passes for 193 yards and... Read more »

Four Salukis Named to League All-Newcomer Team

Four Salukis Named to League All-Newcomer Team
Thirty-year-old head coach Nick Hill began a new era for Southern Illinois football. Perhaps a sign of things to come rests with the fact that four SIU players landed on the Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team. The Salukis honored by the MVFC are true freshman safety Jeremy Chinn, true freshman running back/return specialist D.J.... Read more »

Moving the Chains with . . . EIU lineman Evan Kanz

Moving the Chains with . . . EIU lineman Evan Kanz
Offensive lineman Evan Kanz capped his Eastern Illinois career by being selected to the All-Ohio Valley Conference team. It was the second time in his career that the honor had been bestowed upon him. But, there’s much more to his story. Get to know Evan Kanz. Senior Hometown:  Luxemburg, Wisc. Major:  Poltical Science When you... Read more »
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Spelman, Harris Spearhead Eight All-League Picks for ISU

Spelman, Harris Spearhead Eight All-League Picks for ISU
Eight Illinois State Redbirds were honored by the Missouri Valley Football Conference, headlined by first-team selections Mark Spelman and Davontae Harris. Three Redbirds were also selected to the All-MVFC Second Team, as senior wide receiver Anthony Warrum was joined by junior safety Alec Kocour and junior defensive tackle Dalton Keene. Senior linebacker Alejandro Rivera, senior... Read more »

Lenoir, Taylor Headline WIU All-Conference Picks

Lenoir, Taylor Headline WIU All-Conference Picks
Seven Western Illinois Leathernecks were honored by the Missouri Valley Football Conference, headlined by first team picks Lance Lenoir and Brett Taylor. Lenoir concludes his career as a three-time All-MVFC selection, twice earning First Team honors at wide receiver (2014, 2016). Taylor, a junior, earned his second straight All-MVFC honor, and for the first time... Read more »

Saluki Trio Nabs Missouri Valley Conference Honors

Saluki Trio Nabs Missouri Valley Conference Honors
Three Southern Illinois Salukis were named honorable mention All-Missouri Valley Football Conference. Senior Chase Allen ends his SIU career as one of the most decorated linebackers in school history. He was the team’s leading tackler for a third-straight season and ended his career with the 12th-most tackles in program history. He was second-team All-MVFC in... Read more »
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Comeback Cools Hot ISU Start, Ends Redbirds' Season

Comeback Cools Hot ISU Start, Ends Redbirds' Season
When Illinois State football coach Brock Spack reflected on Saturday’s 31-24 first-round FCS playoff loss to Central Arkansas, the defeat looked a great deal like the Redbirds’ season. “This game was kind of a microcosm of that, wasn’t it?” Spack said in a postgame interview on WJBC Radio. “Very, very good early, not so good... Read more »