Archive for January 2018

Super Sunday special teams appearance for ex-EIU star

Super Sunday special teams appearance for ex-EIU star
According to Google maps, the distance from Honolulu to Philadelphia is 4,908 miles. It’s 3,960 miles from the Hawaiian capital to Minneapolis, site of this year’s Super Bowl. While certainly those are long-distance journeys, they pale in comparison to the journey it often takes for an NFL player to reach the Super Bowl.   Countless players–including many... Read more »

Illinois FCS Notebook: Redshirt rule proposal, staffings, CFL history & top Dawgs

Illinois FCS Notebook:  Redshirt rule proposal, staffings, CFL history & top Dawgs
Two weeks ago, American Football Coaches Association executive director Todd Berry said that a proposal is in the works that would allow a player to be granted a redshirt so long as he’s played in four games or less in a season. The major change in the rule would mean that those four games could come at anytime... Read more »

ISU Redbird duo impresses at East-West Shrine Game

ISU Redbird duo impresses at East-West Shrine Game
A pair of former Illinois State defensive stars showcased their talents in the annual East-West Shrine Game this past weekend. According to the annual all-star game official statistics, defensive tackle Dalton Keene recorded three tackles and three quarterback hits. In addition, the Jacksonville High School graduate recovered a fumble and registered half a sack. Defensive back... Read more »
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A closer look at Western Illinois head coach Jared Elliott

A closer look at Western Illinois head coach Jared Elliott
Back in 1926, Western Illinois legend Ray “Rock” Hanson began coaching in Macomb at age 31. Ironically, recently named Leatherneck head coach Jared Elliott is 31. “I didn’t know that,” Elliott said. “That’s pretty interesting.” Elliott took over as WIU head coach Jan. 4 following the departure of Charlie Fisher, who took a position on Herman... Read more »

Illinois FCS Notebook: Coaching changes, staff rearranges & exchanges

Illinois FCS Notebook:  Coaching changes, staff rearranges & exchanges
The recent flurry of coaching changes doesn’t appear to have impacted the 2018 recruiting classes for the state’s FCS programs. “I’ve talked to some of the recruits who have already signed and nobody is jumping ship,” Illinois recruiting analyst “Edgy” Tim O’Halloran told Prairie State Pigskin. Then again, those who put their name on the... Read more »

Western's Taylor narrowly misses winning FCS top defensive award

Western's Taylor narrowly misses winning FCS top defensive award
Western Illinois senior linebacker Brett Taylor narrowly missed becoming the third Leatherneck in history to win the Buck Buchanan Award. In fact, the Macomb native fell just one point short of being recognized as the defensive player of the year in the Football Championship Subdivision. In voting by a national panel of 151 sports information and... Read more »
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Fisher leaves Western for Arizona State; Leathernecks promote Elliott to head coach

Fisher leaves Western for Arizona State; Leathernecks promote Elliott to head coach
Western Illinois University introduced Jared Elliott as its head football coach Thursday morning to coincide with the departure of Charlie Fisher. Elliott takes over a Leatherneck program that is coming off an 8-4 season in which WIU qualified for the FCS playoffs. Meanwhile, Fisher has accepted a position as wide receivers coach under Herman Edwards... Read more »

Western's Taylor out to make history with Buchanan Award

Western's Taylor out to make history with Buchanan Award
Western Illinois senior linebacker Brett Taylor has an opportunity to add to history when the STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Award, which honors the FCS Defensive Player of the Year, is announced tomorrow night in Frisco, Tex. Taylor finished seventh in the Buchanan voting a year ago, and seeks to become the third Leatherneck to ever... Read more »

WIU seniors Taylor, Acklin dot multiple All-American lists

WIU seniors Taylor, Acklin dot multiple All-American lists
It didn’t matter whether the offense or the defense was on the turf this past season as Western Illinois had an All-American on the field either way. Senior linebacker Brett Taylor and senior wide receiver Jaelon Acklin headline the WIU list of All-American selections. Taylor landed on the following All-American teams as a First Team... Read more »
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ISU defensive stars featured on numerous All-American teams

ISU defensive stars featured on numerous All-American teams
Illinois State defensive stars Davontae Harris and Dalton Keene capped their stellar careers with enough All-American accolades to fill a Redbird wing at the football office in Normal. The two seniors combined for 10 All-American honors and both will represent ISU in the East-West Shrine Game Jan. 20 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Last week, Harris... Read more »