Archive for March 2018

Former ISU star joins The Bachelorette fray

The tweet by @RedbirdFB says it all. That’s right, coming to a reality TV screen near you (or phone or tablet or however you watch your favorite shows these days) is former All-American defensive star Colton Underwood. Illinois State fans remember Underwood fondly as the 6-foot-4, 255-pound dynamo who is one of three Redbird players in program history... Read more »

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook: Harris, Acklin performances impress pro scouts

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook:  Harris, Acklin performances impress pro scouts
A pair of former Illinois FCS players recently impressed NFL personnel with strong showings as the April draft approaches. Ex-Illinois State defensive Davontae Harris shined at the NFL Combine, held in Indianapolis in late February through early March. Harris’s “22 reps on the bench press were the best among all cornerbacks and his 4.43 40-yard... Read more »

Fall Flashback: WIU throttles FBS member Coastal Carolina

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This week’s fall flashback is Western Illinois’ dismantling of FBS member Coastal Carolina. The Leathernecks traveled to Conway, South Carolina and manhandled the Chanticleers 52-10. WIU scored 45 unanswered points in the victory on Sept. 23. 
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NCAA considers changing kickoff rules

NCAA considers changing kickoff rules
In an attempt to address what is viewed as the game’s most dangerous play, the NCAA football rules committee has issued its proposal for kickoffs. According to Nicole Auerbach’s story in The Athletic last week: “Among the proposals put forth Friday by the NCAA football rules committee is one that would change the game’s kickoff rules to... Read more »

Fall Flashback: SIU stuns ISU in Homecoming romp

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This week’s fall flashback is Southern Illinois’ stunning 42-7 romp over rival Illinois State in mid-October. The Salukis celebrated Homecoming by dominating the Redbirds in front of 8,121 fans. ISU entered the game as the nation’s 15th-ranked team, but Southern forced five turnovers en route to the victory.