Archive for April 2019

Kansas City Chiefs take WIU's Saunders in NFL Draft

Kansas City Chiefs take WIU's Saunders in NFL Draft
The Kansas City Chiefs selected Western Illinois defensive lineman Khalen Saunders Friday night in the third round of the NFL Draft. Saunders, who measured at 6-foot and 324-pounds at the NFL Combine in January, was the 84th overall pick. Saunders is first Leatherneck drafted since Dallas took linebacker Jason Williams in 2009.   “Believe in yourself.... Read more »

Western's Saunders rising up NFL draft boards

Western's Saunders rising up NFL draft boards
Western Illinois defensive tackle Khalen Saunders will likely be the state’s lone FCS representative in this week’s NFL Draft. Moreover, while several media outlets and scouting services have tabbed the 6-foot, 324-pounder as a likely mid-round pick, Saunders’ impressive Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine performances have moved him much higher on the boards. Last... Read more »

Illinois FCS spring ball recaps

Illinois FCS spring ball recaps
With spring practices now completed, the Illinois FCS programs will head into summer workouts with an eye on fall camps in preparation for the 2019 college football season. Three of the four head coaches are Illinois natives:  Illinois State’s Brock Spack (Rockford), Southern Illinois’ Nick Hill (Du Quoin) and Eastern Illinois’ Adam Cushing (Chicago). And,... Read more »
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Prairie State Pigskin Notebook: ISU quarterback receives sixth year of eligibility

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook:  ISU quarterback receives sixth year of eligibility
Illinois State football finally received official word last week on something the Redbirds had expected all along. Quarterback Brady Davis was granted a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA. Davis, who transferred to ISU last year from FBS member Memphis, will now have two years of eligibility remaining with the Redbirds. The Columbus, Miss.,... Read more »