Archive for July 2019

Secondary spots stand out in state's preseason all-Missouri Valley defensive team

Secondary spots stand out in state's preseason all-Missouri Valley defensive team
If you’re looking for defensive standouts in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, then look to the secondaries of Illinois State and Southern Illinois. Two ISU Redbirds–safety Luther Kirk and corner Devin Taylor–and one SIU Saluki–safety Jeremy Chinn–were named to the preseason All-Missouri Valley Football Conference first team defensive team announced Wednesday by the league. Joining Chinn on the MVFC’s... Read more »

Illinois lands four players (three running backs) on preseason all-conference offensive unit

Illinois lands four players (three running backs) on preseason all-conference offensive unit
Illinois State, Southern Illinois and Western Illinois each had players selected for the preseason All-Missouri Valley Football Conference first team offensive team, league officials announced Tuesday morning. ISU landed two players on the list, which was chosen by league coaches, media and sports information directors. Running back James Robinson and offensive lineman Drew Himmelman were the Redbirds... Read more »

WIU opens camp with plenty of questions, yet Elliott confident of answers

WIU opens camp with plenty of questions, yet Elliott confident of answers
As Jared Elliott opens his second-year as Western Illinois head coach he is fully aware of the key players no longer wearing Leatherneck uniforms. Gone are the likes of defensive lineman Khalen Saunders (the 84th player chosen in last spring’s NFL Draft), ball-hawking safety Justin Fitzpatrick, three-year starter Sean McGuire at quarterback and multi-purpose back Steve... Read more »
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EIU-Sox Math: A Winning Combination Answers

EIU-Sox Math:  A Winning Combination Answers
Earlier today Chicago native, lifelong White Sox fan and Eastern Illinois head football coach Adam Cushing threw out the first pitch at Guaranteed Rate Field for his favorite baseball team’s game against Minnesota. So, here’s our Prairie State Pigskin edition of EIU-Sox Math: Take the last two digits of the birth year for EIU graduate and Bears... Read more »

EIU-Sox Math: A Winning Combination

EIU-Sox Math:  A Winning Combination
This afternoon Chicago native, lifelong White Sox fan and Eastern Illinois head football coach Adam Cushing throws out the first pitch at Guaranteed Rate Field for his favorite baseball team’s game against Minnesota. So, here’s our Prairie State Pigskin edition of EIU-Sox Math: Take the last two digits of the birth year for EIU graduate and Bears... Read more »

Chicago native Adam Cushing warming up for South Side first pitch

Chicago native Adam Cushing warming up for South Side first pitch
While it remains to be seen if Adam Cushing has Matt Nagy’s velocity, the first-year Eastern Illinois head coach is thrilled about an upcoming opportunity that won’t take place on a football field. Nagy, head coach of the Chicago Bears, has thrown out first pitches for both the White Sox and Cubs this season. The videos... Read more »
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Illinois FCS Notebook: Nationally ranked Redbirds, CFL star, SIU honorees

Illinois FCS Notebook:  Nationally ranked Redbirds, CFL star, SIU honorees
Illinois State is the lone Land of Lincoln team appearing in the preseason FCS national rankings. Brock Spack’s Redbirds land at No. 9 according to HERO Sports and No. 12 according to Athlon in the preseason Top 25. Much of the favorable outlook for ISU rests with preseason All-Americans James Robinson (running back) and Drew... Read more »

Tough enough? Illinois FCS schedules provide Indiana Jones-like gauntlet

When it comes to the toughest FCS schedules in the nation, look right here in our very own state. According to a story earlier this summer by Sam Herder of HERO Sports, three of the nation’s top 13 most difficult schedules can be found at Illinois schools. Each of these programs–Eastern, Southern and Western Illinois–will... Read more »

Acklin off to fast (food-less) success in Canadian Football League

Acklin off to fast (food-less) success in Canadian Football League
Giving up short-term tastes in exchange for receiving long-term goals has Jaelon Acklin and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats sitting atop the Canadian Football League East Division standings. After three collegiate seasons in which he caught a combined 21 passes at Western Illinois, Acklin made the most of his senior year. “Once I quit soda and quit... Read more »
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Ex-Redbird Roberson making a name for himself in CFL

Ex-Redbird Roberson making a name for himself in CFL
As one former Illinois State standout quarterback (Kevin Glenn) announced his retirement from Canadian football, another ex-Redbird has burst onto the CFL scene. “Today, I’m going to introduce myself. I’m Tre Roberson. We’ve already got a Grey Cup so quit leaving me out,” the Indianapolis native said during his halftime interview on TSN, the Canadian network that... Read more »