Archive for August 2019

What we learned from SIU's opening loss at its regional rival

What we learned from SIU's opening loss at its regional rival
It certainly wasn’t the start to the season that Nick Hill wanted. The fourth-year Southern Illinois head coach watched from the sideline as his Salukis fell 44-26 to nationally ranked Southeast Missouri State. “We weren’t able to stay with them punch-for-punch,” Hill said afterward on siusalukis.com. The victory allowed No. 17 SEMO to retain possession of... Read more »

Illinois State tests its mettle Saturday in DeKalb

Illinois State tests its mettle Saturday in DeKalb
Illinois State tests itself against what has arguably been the state’s most successful program in recent years. Northern Illinois, a member of the FBS Mid-American Conference, has won four league championships since 2011. The Huskies have played in 12 post-season bowl games since 2004, most notably the Orange Bowl in 2013. Illinois State, in contrast, is... Read more »

WIU opens season with road contest at North Alabama

WIU opens season with road contest at North Alabama
When Western Illinois opens its 2019 season Thursday night in Florence, Ala., the Leathernecks will not only face a quality opponent but have also prepared for the steamy conditions of the South. A week ago game time temperatures were expected to be in upper 80s with heavy humidity and a chance for thunderstorms. However, Thursday’s... Read more »
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New-look Panthers open Cushing era in Chattanooga

New-look Panthers open Cushing era in Chattanooga
Media members around the Ohio Valley Conference have predicted Eastern Illinois to finish eighth in the nine-team conference. With a new coaching staff and 13 players who are new to the program on the Panthers’ two-deep roster, plenty of unknowns exist. For offensive tackle Aaron Miller, a junior returning from a knee injury, and the... Read more »

SIU enters rivalry game with a new quarterback

SIU enters rivalry game with a new quarterback
Thursday night’s season-opening Southern Illinois at Southeast Missouri State rivalry presents a contrast in quarterbacks. While SEMO returns highly decorated redshirt senior Daniel Santacaterina, SIU sophomore Stone Labanowitz will make his first career Division I start. Santacaterina, a Geneva, Ill. native, transferred to Southeast Missouri from Northern Illinois last year and earned All-Ohio Valley Conference honors... Read more »

Fresh Faces 2019: Illinois State Redbirds

Fresh Faces 2019: Illinois State Redbirds
When it came to learning the Illinois State offense this off-season, Jeff Proctor was a student during the spring semester. He worked with running backs coach Khenon Hall and others on staff to soak up as much of the playbook as possible after playing junior college football for two seasons at San Bernardino Valley College... Read more »
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An insider's preview of Illinois State football

An insider's preview of Illinois State football
Prairie State Pigskin asked Illinois State Redbird Football Radio Network sideline reporter Craig Bertsche to assess ISU for the 2019 season. What are two strengths ISU has entering this season? With so many starters returning from last season’s defense, I’ll bypass the obvious. First strength—the rushing attack. Senior James Robinson is the best running back in FCS and... Read more »

Fresh Faces 2019: Eastern Illinois Panthers

Fresh Faces 2019: Eastern Illinois Panthers
Bryce Dewberry remembers exact details of the biggest play of his freshman year last October against UT Martin. “It was the third quarter and we called a timeout with 1 second left to make them throw into the wind,” said the Eastern Illinois safety. “The offense put all the eligible receivers on one side, so... Read more »

An insider's preview of Eastern Illinois football

An insider's preview of Eastern Illinois football
Prairie State Pigskin asked EIU beat writer Patrick Engel of the Journal-Gazette/Times-Courier to assess the Panthers for the 2019 season. What are two strengths EIU has entering this season? Quarterback is a strength because it’s rare for a new staff to take over a 3-8 team and inherit three players at that spot who have won conference games.... Read more »
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Fresh Faces 2019: Western Illinois Leathernecks

Fresh Faces 2019: Western Illinois Leathernecks
Pain was something Tony Tate dealt with on a daily basis last season. The Western Illinois wide receiver’s nagging hip injury limited the amount of reps he could take in practice and caused him to come out of games much sooner than he wanted. “It was definitely frustrating,” said Tate, a junior from DeKalb. “It... Read more »