Archive for January 2017

National Signing Day Coverage Preview

National Signing Day Coverage Preview
Tomorrow is National Signing Day for college football programs across the nation. Prairie State Pigskin will cover the signing classes for Eastern Illinois, Illinois State, Southern Illinois and Western Illinois over the course of the coming days. Here’s our schedule: Wednesday–ISU Redbirds (Brock Spack and his staff) Thursday–EIU Panthers (Kim Dameron and his staff) Friday–WIU... Read more »

Cox, Garoppolo Add to the Super Bowl Legacy of Illinois FCS Programs

Cox, Garoppolo Add to the Super Bowl Legacy of Illinois FCS Programs
As the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots prepare for Sunday’s Super Bowl, a pair of former Illinois FCS stars will be part of the spectacle. Former Western Illinois standout Bryan Cox is the defensive line coach for the Falcons. Cox, a native of East St. Louis, has worked his way up the NFL coaching... Read more »

College Recruiting Remains an Inexact Science

College Recruiting Remains an Inexact Science
With the Feb. 1 National Signing Day deadline fast approaching, it’s a good time to look back to show just what an inexact science recruiting can be. Sometimes the scouting reports are right on; sometimes they completely miss. Below are what recruiting services had to say about four significant contributors to the Illinois FCS programs.... Read more »
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Illinois FCS Trio Sees Significant Playing Time in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Illinois FCS Trio Sees Significant Playing Time in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl
Saturday’s NFLPA Collegiate Bowl gave three Illinois Football Championship Subdivision players the opportunity to go head-to-head against competition from FBS programs. Outside linebacker Chase Allen (Southern Illinois), offensive lineman Cameron Lee (Illinois State) and wide receiver Lance Lenior, Jr. (Western Illinois) all saw large amounts of playing time for the American team in its game... Read more »

Five Illinois FCS Players Participating in College Gridiron Showcase

Five Illinois FCS Players Participating in College Gridiron Showcase
Five Illinois FCS players will represent the state’s programs in the 2017 College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium Saturday through Wednesday in Bedford, Tex. Three of the players are former Illinois State Redbirds:  linebacker B.J. Bello, center Mark Spelman and wide receiver Anthony Warrum. Running back Devin Church of Eastern Illinois and quarterback Trenton Norvell of Western... Read more »

Illinois Ties to FCS National Title Game

Illinois Ties to FCS National Title Game
Though only one Illinois team made this year’s Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, the Land of Lincoln still has connections to Saturday’s national title game in Frisco, Tex. The championship game will match the Youngstown State Penguins, coached by Bo Pelini, against the James Madison Dukes, coached by Mike Houston. YSU competes with Illinois State (which... Read more »
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As Signing Day Nears, Illinois FCS Staffs' Efforts to Land Recruits Enters Stretch Drive

As Signing Day Nears, Illinois FCS Staffs' Efforts to Land Recruits Enters Stretch Drive
It’s become customary for football teams to hold up four fingers as games enter the final quarter. With National Signing Day less than a month away, you won’t see Illinois FCS coaching staffs doing that. Those fingers are needed for things like making calls, typing information into databases and filling out necessary paperwork. “Like all recruiting... Read more »

Life a Bowl of Roses for Fisher, Limegrover

Life a Bowl of Roses for Fisher, Limegrover
The resurgence of Penn State football has special meaning to Western Illinois head coach Charlie Fisher. Five years and three head coaches removed from its highly publicized child sex abuse scandal, the Nittany Lions’ program has rebounded and earned a berth in Monday’s Rose Bowl. Fisher was the quarterbacks coach on Bill O’Brien’s Penn State... Read more »