Archive for December 2019

National Signing Day: Western Illinois Leathernecks

National Signing Day: Western Illinois Leathernecks
During a 1-11 season, injuries ran rampant through the Western Illinois University football roster. Nowhere was that more evident than at running back. As part of its December early signing period class, the Leathernecks added reinforcements in Clayton Scott, a New Jersey native who played last season at Monroe College in New Rochelle, N.Y. Scott... Read more »

State's declining number of FBS commitments may help FCS programs

With Wednesday’s National Signing Day showing a declining number of commitments from Illinois high school players to FBS schools, one has to wonder if that’s better news for the state FCS programs. “In theory it has a chance to be a decent haul,” Illinois high school recruiting expert “Edgy Tim” O’Halloran told Prairie State Pigskin. “If... Read more »

National Signing Day: Eastern Illinois Panthers

National Signing Day:  Eastern Illinois Panthers
Having been on the job for nearly a year, Eastern Illinois head coach Adam Cushing and his staff signed 15 players during the NCAA early signing period.   According to the EIU athletic website, the Panthers addressed needs at each position. Quotable: “We signed somebody at every position on offense and defense from quarterback to offensive line... Read more »
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National Signing Day: Southern Illinois Salukis

National Signing Day: Southern Illinois Salukis
College football coaches constantly preach a family atmosphere in their programs. For Southern Illinois University head coach Nick Hill, he and his staff added two brothers of current players to his roster Tuesday on the December national signing day. Among the 18-member class is former Missouri Baptist University wide receiver D’Ante Cox, the twin brother... Read more »

National Signing Day: Illinois State Redbirds

National Signing Day: Illinois State Redbirds
Fresh off its FCS quarterfinal playoff berth, the Illinois State Redbirds announced the commitments of 12 players on National Signing Day. According to the ISU athletic website, the group includes seven offensive players, five defensive standouts and one kicker. Four signees hail from the state of Illinois, with two from Texas and Wisconsin and one... Read more »

3 things we learned: Illinois State falls short against top-ranked North Dakota State

3 things we learned: Illinois State falls short against top-ranked North Dakota State
While its defense hung with the top team in the nation, Illinois State’s offense wasn’t in the same league in Saturday’s 9-3 FCS quarterfinal playoff loss to North Dakota State. The defeat ended the Redbirds’ season with a 10-5 record. NDSU (14-0) moved into the national semifinals for the ninth straight year. The Bison will... Read more »
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Prolific pass rush drives Illinois State defense

Prolific pass rush drives Illinois State defense
Long before Illinois State’s defense set a school record with 50 sacks this fall, players on both sides of the ball knew it would be a special group. Before the season, junior quarterback Brady Davis admitted he had to throw the football into the ground on several occasions in fall camp to avoid the team’s... Read more »

Daunting task awaits ISU Redbirds in FCS quarterfinals contest at North Dakota State

Daunting task awaits ISU Redbirds in FCS quarterfinals contest at North Dakota State
Simply put, Illinois State faces a daunting task in Saturday’s quarterfinal round of the FCS playoffs. Despite losing its starting quarterback to injury in November, the Redbirds have ridden their star running back and an opportunistic defense to consecutive road wins in the playoffs. Now comes the biggest test of all — facing two-time defending national... Read more »

ISU Redbirds-NDSU Bison quarterfinals matchup by the numbers

Illinois State and North Dakota State face each other at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals in the FargoDome. The game will be broadcast on ESPN. With eight schools remaining in the 24-team FCS playoff bracket, here’s our by-the-numbers salute to the Redbirds and Bison. ISU Redbirds 2 — straight weeks that... Read more »
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These 25s are the ISU top 2

These 25s are the ISU top 2
Statistically, Marshaun Coprich and James Robinson are the two most productive running backs in Illinois State Redbird football history. Ironically, both players wore No. 25. Last week, the ISU football Twitter account hailed the duo for their rewriting of the program record book over the past seven seasons. According to the ISU athletic website, Coprich... Read more »