Archive for February 2020

As spring (football) arrives, Southern Illinois looks to soothe playoff sting

As spring (football) arrives, Southern Illinois looks to soothe playoff sting
The Southern Illinois football team has forgotten about being left out of last season’s FCS playoff field. Or, has it? Before spring practice opened Wednesday in Carbondale, SIU head coach Nick Hill addressed how the team is approaching 2020 after its best overall (7-5) and Missouri Valley Football Conference (5-3) records since 2013. The season... Read more »

Unique XFL rules resonate with former WIU standouts

Unique XFL rules resonate with former WIU standouts
The second edition of the XFL began its season this past weekend. The eight-team league offers some unique rule changes designed to “deliver what football fans have told us they want — a faster pace of play and more action,” according to the league website. The changes are divided into three areas:  gameplay, timing and “common... Read more »

Getting to know Tre Roberson, former ISU quarterback turned Bears DB

Getting to know Tre Roberson, former ISU quarterback turned Bears DB
After a standout season as one of the top defensive backs in the Canadian Football League, Tre Roberson signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bears last month. According to a Tribune report by Brad Biggs, Roberson worked out for 12 NFL teams since the start of January and had contract offers from nine of... Read more »
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National Signing Day II: WIU retools with 23 signees

National Signing Day II: WIU retools with 23 signees
Coming off an injury-riddled disappointing season that produced just one victory, Western Illinois announced 23 additional players on Wednesday’s National Signing Day. “The majority of this class is done, 25 players, 12 guys on offense, 13 on defense. It’s pretty balanced,” WIU head coach Jared Elliott said on goleathernecks.com “We met a lot of really... Read more »

National Signing Day II: Eastern Illinois Panthers

National Signing Day II: Eastern Illinois Panthers
In his first season as Eastern Illinois head football coach, Adam Cushing had a team with a combined 50 freshmen and redshirt freshmen. This week, Cushing ensured his second team will have more new faces. The Panthers signed 17 players to national letters of intent during the February signing day. The team previously added 15... Read more »

National Signing Day II: SIU Salukis

National Signing Day II:  SIU Salukis
Building off its 18 commitments from December, Southern Illinois football’s recruiting class has grown to 23. SIU announced the additions of running back Robert Jones III and wide receiver Cade Carter during Wednesday’s National Signing Day. The Salukis also added three transfers — senior defensive tackle Jajuan Blackenship (Tulsa), senior cornerback Roderick Campbell (Northwestern) and sophomore defensive tackle Devin Love (Monroe... Read more »
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National Signing Day II: Illinois State Redbirds

National Signing Day II: Illinois State Redbirds
Illinois State made plenty of noise in the FCS playoffs in December, then added 12 high school players and an FBS transfer that same month on national signing day. The Redbirds closed its signing class Feb. 5 by signing three more prep players, including two offensive linemen totaling 575 pounds. Here’s a collection of news,... Read more »