Archive for August 2018

WIU drops season opener to Montana State

WIU drops season opener to Montana State
Western Illinois began its 2018 season the way it ended last year–with a road to a Big Sky Conference opponent. After leading for most of the game, the Leathernecks fell Thursday night 26-23 at Montana State. WIU lost 21-19 last November to Weber State in the FCS playoffs. “I had a feeling this was going... Read more »

Dameron returns home to Arkansas, but 'call' won't go his way

Dameron returns home to Arkansas, but 'call' won't go his way
As a three-year starter at the University of Arkansas, college athlete Kim Dameron knew the school’s calling the hogs chant all too well. In Fayetteville, fans of the Razorbacks deliver the chant multiple times during football games. During his college career, which went from walk-on to defensive back to wide receiver, Dameron played in four... Read more »

Davis & defense shine as SIU triumphs in season opener

Davis & defense shine as SIU triumphs in season opener
While its offense has grabbed most of the attention in the Nick Hill era, it was the Southern Illinois defense that sparkled on opening night of the 2018 season. Fueled by six forced turnovers, the Salukis overwhelmed Murray State 49-10 in a nonconference game to kick off the year for both teams. In fact, SIU... Read more »
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Elliott debuts as WIU head coach in Big Sky country

Elliott debuts as WIU head coach in Big Sky country
For rookie Western Illinois head coach Jared Elliott, the wait for tonight’s season opener must be akin to a child’s heightened state as a birthday approaches. Yet, Elliott–who was promoted from offensive coordinator when Charlie Fisher left WIU–has done his best to approach Thursday’s season opener at Montana State with a calm demeanor. “The longer... Read more »

Emotional debut awaits new Illinois State QB

Emotional debut awaits new Illinois State QB
When Brady Davis takes his first snap as Illinois State’s starting quarterback Saturday night against NAIA Saint Xavier, he is certain to be emotional. “It’s going to be surreal,” said Davis, a junior transfer from Memphis who attempted one pass in his three years there. “It’ll be humbling. It’s a moment I’ve looked forward to... Read more »

Fresh Faces: Tales of famous father lead Notree to write new chapter

Fresh Faces: Tales of famous father lead Notree to write new chapter
Editor’s note: This is the final installment of our annual four-part Fresh Faces series, focusing on players in new roles for Southern Illinois. Growing up in Decatur, Bryce Notree had always heard about the basketball exploits of his famous father. “I would always get principals and teachers who said, ‘You’re Bryant Notree’s kid?’” he said.... Read more »
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Hill, Salukis open season Thursday night on the road

Hill, Salukis open season Thursday night on the road
Southern Illinois native and former SIU quarterback Nick Hill begins his third season as Salukis head coach when his team visits Murray State Thursday night to open the season. Like nearly all coaches, Hill is excited to kick 2018 off. “I really love this group of guys. Each team is different, but they’ve been a... Read more »

Fresh Faces: Veteran's lessons rub off on new WIU center Sanft

Fresh Faces: Veteran's lessons rub off on new WIU center Sanft
Editor’s note: This is the third of our annual four-part Fresh Faces series, focusing today on players in new roles for Western Illinois. Next: On Thursday, read about a Southern Illinois linebacker with deep roots in college sports in Illinois. From the moment Kyle Sanft arrived at Western Illinois, center was his home on the... Read more »

Fresh Faces: Illinois State QB models game after legendary Favre

Fresh Faces: Illinois State QB models game after legendary Favre
Editor’s note: This is the second of our annual four-part Fresh Faces series, focusing on players in new roles for Illinois State. Next: On Wednesday, learn about a big addition to the Western Illinois offensive line. As a young quarterback growing up in Mississippi, Brady Davis didn’t have to look far for a role model... Read more »
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Fresh Faces: Johnson brings thump to Eastern Illinois defense

Fresh Faces: Johnson brings thump to Eastern Illinois defense
Editor’s note: This is the first in our annual four-part Fresh Faces series, highlighting Illinois FCS players who are taking on bigger roles this season. Next: Read about Illinois State on Tuesday. Jason Lewis never knew what hit him. As soon as the Eastern Kentucky running back took the handoff in a Nov. 4 game... Read more »