Archive for February 2017

Former ISU Lineman Set to Impress at NFL Combine

Former ISU Lineman Set to Impress at NFL Combine
Former Illinois State offensive lineman Cameron Lee begins his quest to play professional football when today’s NFL Combine opens in Indianapolis. Lee, the former walk-on from Oakwood, Ill., was an All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honorable mention selection this past season. He earned MVFC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors following his strong performance in Illinois... Read more »

Throwback Thursday: Jim Hart, SIU Quarterback & Athletic Director

Throwback Thursday:  Jim Hart, SIU Quarterback & Athletic Director
Former Southern Illinois quarterback Jim Hart learned to face life’s adversities during his days as the Salukis’ starting quarterback. “I probably remember more negative things than positive,” said Hart from his home in southwestern Florida. “We were not very successful.” During Hart’s playing days in Carbondale, the Salukis were bent on upgrading their schedule. However,... Read more »

WIU Faces Road-Heavy 2017 Football Schedule

WIU Faces Road-Heavy 2017 Football Schedule
Coming off consecutive winning seasons, Western Illinois faces a daunting schedule that sees the Leathernecks on the road for its first three games of the 2017 football schedule. Moreover, WIU will play five of its first seven away from Macomb’s Hanson Field. WESTERN ILLINOIS 2017 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE Aug. 31 – at Tennessee Tech Sept. 9... Read more »
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Throwback Thursday: Brian Gant, ISU Linebacker

Throwback Thursday:  Brian Gant, ISU Linebacker
The following is another installment in a semi-regular Prairie State Pigskin feature that looks back on some of the all-time greats in Illinois Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), which was previously called I-AA football. Brian Gant grew up in Gary, Ind. wanting to play football for the Michigan Wolverines. “I had been to camp there. Some... Read more »

10 Things to Love About Illinois FCS Football

10 Things to Love About Illinois FCS Football
The Fighting Illini may have a head coach named Lovie and Northwestern may be passionate about its purple, but the alumni and fans of the Land of Lincoln’s four Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) programs have plenty of sweet thoughts this Valentine’s Day. In no particular order, it’s time to sit down with a box of... Read more »

Rankings Predict Future Success for Redbirds, Salukis

Rankings Predict Future Success for Redbirds, Salukis
If the Hero Sports website rankings of the Top 250 recruits in the 2017 Football Championship Subdivision class hold up, then Nick Hill’s Southern Illinois Salukis and Brock Spack’s Illinois State Redbirds have landed the building blocks for future success. According to the rankings done by Hero Sports recruiting analyst Brian McLaughlin, SIU had five... Read more »
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Throwback Thursday: Sean Payton, EIU Quarterback

Throwback Thursday:  Sean Payton, EIU Quarterback
The following begins a semi-regular Prairie State Pigskin feature that looks back on some of the all-time greats in Illinois Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), which was previously called I-AA football. Prior to raising the Lombardi Trophy as the head coach of the New Orleans Saints, Sean Payton was a record-setting quarterback during the “Eastern Airlines”... Read more »

Post Super Bowl Notebook: Where Do Garoppolo and Romo Land?

Post Super Bowl Notebook:  Where Do Garoppolo and Romo Land?
This past Sunday’s Super Bowl has produced many storylines, including those involving former Illinois Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) players. ESPN NFL analyst Adam Schefter addressed the futures of former Eastern Illinois quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Tony Romo Wednesday morning on “Mike and Mike”. With Garoppolo entering the final year of his contract, Schefter talked about... Read more »

Odds Against FCS Game at Guaranteed Rate Field

Odds Against FCS Game at Guaranteed Rate Field
News broke recently in the Football Championship Subdivision world that Boston’s Fenway Park will host a double-header. The event will pit Ivy League schools (and FCS members) Brown and Dartmouth against one another in November 2017 with FCS member Maine and UMass (now in FBS, but formerly in FCS) in the nightcap. This isn’t without... Read more »
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SIU Coach Embraces Recruiting, Celebrates New Salukis

SIU Coach Embraces Recruiting, Celebrates New Salukis
Southern Illinois football coach Nick Hill said recruiting rarely leaves his mind. “There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t recruit,” said Hill, who led the Salukis to a 4-7 record last season in his first year. “During the season, out of the season, doesn’t matter what it is. If we can do... Read more »