Archive for December 2016

Romo, Garoppolo Establish an Exclusive NFL Club

Romo, Garoppolo Establish an Exclusive NFL Club
With Tony Romo expected to see his first NFL playing time in more than a year, Eastern Illinois establishes an exclusive club. Dallas head coach Jason Garrett said that Romo will play in Sunday’s final game of the regular season as the Cowboys prepare for the playoffs. Earlier this season, EIU graduate Jimmy Garoppolo started... Read more »

Top Defensive Plays Make Lasting Memories

Top Defensive Plays Make Lasting Memories
Big hits. Game-saving tackles. Key turnovers. Prairie State Pigskin presents its top defensive plays of the 2016 season. We’ve picked 12 tide-turning gems (three for each Illinois FCS school). Here they are in alphabetical and chronological order: Eastern Illinois Panthers Tyree Stone-Davis’ interception helps EIU build a 10-0 halftime lead en route to a 24-21... Read more »

Top Illinois FCS Offensive Plays Will Shine Far Past 2016

Top Illinois FCS Offensive Plays Will Shine Far Past 2016
One play. One single moment in time. More than likely it happened in a matter of seconds. Most likely, it will last a lifetime. As the final whistle of 2016 nears, Prairie State Pigskin looks back on the top offensive plays of this past season by our Illinois Football Championship Subdivison programs. We’ve chosen the... Read more »
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Western Illinois Duo Earns STATS All-America honors

Western Illinois Duo Earns STATS All-America honors
Two standout players from Western Illinois earned national attention this week. Junior linebacker Brett Taylor and senior wide receiver Lance Lenoir have earned first-team and third-team recognition, respectively, from the STATS FCS All-America Team. Taylor has been recognized by four different postseason all-American teams. He was one of four linebackers chosen for the STATS first... Read more »

SIU Community Anxious over Kill's Return to Coaching

SIU Community Anxious over Kill's Return to Coaching
The news caught most off guard and has his friends and followers anxious. When the story broke this week that former Southern Illinois head coach Jerry Kill had accepted the offensive coordinator position on Chris Ash’s Rutgers’ coaching staff, those who worked closely with him in Carbondale greeted the news with cautious optimism. “I was... Read more »

WIU's Taylor Earns Spot on Walter Camp All-America Team

WIU's Taylor Earns Spot on Walter Camp All-America Team
Western Illinois linebacker Brett Taylor is piling up postseason honors like he piled up tackles this season. The WIU junior and Macomb native was named Monday to the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s 26-member FCS All-America team. Taylor was one of only three linebackers chosen for the team after leading the nation with 94 solo tackles... Read more »
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Five Burning Questions for 2017 - Southern Illinois Edition

Five Burning Questions for 2017 - Southern Illinois Edition
For the past 15 seasons, Southern Illinois has beaten a team ranked in the national top 25. The Salukis extended that streak last month by upsetting No. 24 Western Illinois, 44-34, at Saluki Stadium in Carbondale. But when will victories against ranked teams turn from upsets to expectations? If first-year head coach Nick Hill has... Read more »

All-Missouri Valley Conference FCS Final Still a Possibility

All-Missouri Valley Conference FCS Final Still a Possibility
The possibility still exists for an All-Missouri Valley Football Conference FCS Championship game. The Valley’s North Dakota State, the five-time defending national champion, hosts James Madison in tonight’s semifinal (6 p.m. ESPN2). Saturday night puts MVFC member Youngstown State on the fabled red turf at No. 2 national seed Eastern Washington (5:30 p.m. ESPNU). So,... Read more »

Taylor, Spelman Named to Associated Press FCS All-America Team

Taylor, Spelman Named to Associated Press FCS All-America Team
Western Illinois junior linebacker Brett Taylor and Illinois State senior center Mark Spelman were named to the Associated Press Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team Thursday. Taylor landed on the AP’s second team. Taylor, who finished seventh in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award as the top defensive player in FCS two weeks ago, turned... Read more »
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Southern Illinois Salukis Postseason Capsule

Southern Illinois Salukis Postseason Capsule
Southern Illinois Missouri Valley Football Conference Head Coach:  Nick Hill Overall Record:  4-7 Conference Record:  2-6 Biggest Win:  The Salukis erased a 17-point deficit en route to a 44-34 win over No. 23 Western Illinois on Senior Day at Saluki Stadium. SIU closed the game on a 30-3 scoring run and earned a signature win over... Read more »