Archive for April 2020

Illinois State's Robinson goes undrafted, will sign as a free agent

Illinois State's Robinson goes undrafted, will sign as a free agent
Prior to this weekend’s NFL Draft, veteran Illinois State head coach Brock Spack remained confident that James Robinson will make an NFL roster — whether the Redbirds’ star running back was selected in the seven-round event or went the undrafted free agent route. Robinson’s name was not called in this year’s three-day draft, meaning that he... Read more »

SIU safety Chinn taken in NFL Draft's second round

SIU safety Chinn taken in NFL Draft's second round
The Carolina Panthers made sure that Southern Illinois safety Jeremy Chinn was a second-round pick in Friday night’s NFL Draft. The Panthers, under the direction of general manager Marty Hurney and head coach Matt Rhule, traded up with Seattle to acquire the final pick of the second round and land the versatile Chinn. “We just... Read more »

Despite so many unknowns, WIU's Ratkovich prepares for final season

Despite so many unknowns, WIU's Ratkovich prepares for final season
Clint Ratkovich saw firsthand how fragile football can be last season as virtually all his running back teammates were felled by injuries and mishaps at one point or another. “It’s football, it’s part of the game,” Ratkovich told Prairie State Pigskin in February. “It’s terrible that it happened to some of the guys, that they had to... Read more »
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State FCS coaches set sights on summer, beyond as best they can

State FCS coaches set sights on summer, beyond as best they can
Recent months have produced snow on Halloween, temperatures in the 60s on Christmas Day and more snow the week following Easter. Weather is just one aspect of college football that coaches can’t control. Injuries and the often unpredictable bounce of an oblong football are others. Yet, nothing comes remotely close to the unprecedented uncertainty of... Read more »

EIU video conferences a virtual who's who of football greatness

EIU video conferences a virtual who's who of football greatness
Eastern Illinois head coach Adam Cushing talks time and again about turning negatives into positives and adversity into opportunity. With an empty campus and spring practice wiped out by the shelter in place order as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the second-year Panther leader has found a way to practice what he preaches. “As... Read more »

2020 NFL Draft Preview: Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois

2020 NFL Draft Preview: Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois
At the beginning of March, Pro Football Focus projected Chinn as a sixth-round selection for the NFL Draft. Oh, how times have changed. Fueled by impressive performances in Senior Bowl workouts, at the NFL Scouting Combine and through interviews with prospective teams, Chinn has risen up draft boards. Dane Brugler of The Athletic has Chinn rated... Read more »
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2020 NFL Draft Preview: James Robinson, RB, Illinois State

2020 NFL Draft Preview: James Robinson, RB, Illinois State
James Robinson left a legacy for both the Illinois State and the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The next question being pondered is the mark the Rockford native leaves in pro football. From all indications, Robinson will become the fifth Redbird drafted under head coach Brock Spack, who was hired by ISU in 2009. Robinson not... Read more »

ISU's Megginson playing a happier, healthier tune

ISU's Megginson playing a happier, healthier tune
While playing in only two games last season because of a back injury, Illinois State offensive lineman Gabe Megginson had plenty of newfound free time. On gamedays, he often sensed he was out of place on the sidelines. “I felt so lazy,” he joked. “I’m just sitting there watching everybody, in sweats, drinking coffee.” Away... Read more »

With no spring practices to run, state FCS staffs turn attention toward recruiting

With no spring practices to run, state FCS staffs turn attention toward recruiting
With spring practices officially cancelled and so many unanswered questions hovering in the air, the four Illinois Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) programs have found a silver lining in the dark clouds of the unknown. The impact of COVID-19 has left staffs scrambling to meet the needs of its players, keep track of academic performances, set... Read more »
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