Archive for November 2020

With no games of its own this fall, EIU staff relishes Northwestern success

With no games of its own this fall, EIU staff relishes Northwestern success
Saturday afternoons have been silent at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Field this fall, yet there has been plenty of cheering at a number of Charleston homes and apartments. Since the Panthers have not played a fall football schedule because of the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the EIU coaching staff with ties to Pat Fitzgerald’s Northwestern... Read more »

EIU, Northwestern mourn the loss of assistant football coach

EIU, Northwestern mourn the loss of assistant football coach
Eastern Illinois University announced Monday afternoon that Joe Orozco, its director of football performance, died over the weekend. The 30-year-old Orozco, a native of Tinley Park who played collegiately at North Central College, came to EIU shortly after Adam Cushing was hired as the Panthers’ head coach in Dec. 2018.  According to an EIU release Monday,... Read more »

How will the rise of COVID cases affect the scheduled FCS spring season?

How will the rise of COVID cases affect the scheduled FCS spring season?
At a time of the year when talk is typically about which FCS schools will make up the soon-to-be announced playoff bracket, questions instead are focused on what the pandemic-induced spring football season could look like. As with all things these days, COVID-19 and its impact continue to appear in daily headlines, newscasts, internet chatter... Read more »
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Fall Camp Capsule: Southern Illinois Salukis

Fall Camp Capsule: Southern Illinois Salukis
Head coach: Nick Hill, fifth year Conference: Missouri Valley Top returnees: G ZeVeyon Furcron, QB Kare Lyles, RB Javon Williams Jr., RB Romeir Elliott, WR Avante Cox, WR Landon Lenoir, DE Anthony Knighton, LB Cody Crider, LB Luke Giegling, S Qua Brown, K Nico Gualdoni, P Jack Colquhoun Biggest question:  The FCS playoff field has been reduced from 24 to... Read more »

Fall Camp Capsule: Illinois State Redbirds

Fall Camp Capsule: Illinois State Redbirds
Head coach:  Brock Spack, 11th year Conference: Missouri Valley Top returnees: QB Brady Davis, OL Drew Himmelman, OL Gabe Megginson, RB Jeff Proctor, DL John Ridgeway, DB Christian Uphoff Biggest question: Can the Redbirds overcome the losses of RB James Robinson (now starting for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars) and several key defensive standouts from last year’s playoff team? New... Read more »

Fall Camp Capsule: Western Illinois Leathernecks

Fall Camp Capsule: Western Illinois Leathernecks
Head coach:  Jared Elliott, third year Conference: Missouri Valley Top returnees: FB Clint Ratkovich, RB DeShon Gavin, WR Tony Tate, QB Connor Sampson, DB Marquis Smith, P Adam Fellner, DT Shabar Wilson Biggest question: Can WIU establish a consistent run game? New names to learn: RB JaTarvious Whitlow, RB  Ludovick Choquette, WR De’Angelo Biggs, WR Dallas Daniels, DL Shannon Hall, DL... Read more »
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New-look SIU secondary gets glowing reviews after victory

New-look SIU secondary gets glowing reviews after victory
When Southern Illinois took the football field last Friday, its secondary was full of new faces. In place of NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for October Jeremy Chinn at strong safety was Western Kentucky transfer Clayton Bush. At free safety, Colorado transfer Aaron Maddox replaced Qua Brown, who entered the transfer portal earlier this... Read more »

Fall Camp Capsule: Eastern Illinois Panthers

Fall Camp Capsule:  Eastern Illinois Panthers
Eastern Illinois Panthers Head coach:  Adam Cushing, second year Conference: Ohio Valley Top returnees: LB Dytarious Johnson, LB Jason Johnson, DB Mark Williams, OL Cole Hoover, QB Harry Woodbery, WR Isaiah Hill, RB Jaelin Benefield Biggest question: Does this youthful, remade roster have what it takes to win? New names to learn: RB Kendi Young (freshman), CB Jestin Morrow (transfer... Read more »

Missouri Valley Football Conference taking its lead from NCAA guidelines

Missouri Valley Football Conference taking its lead from NCAA guidelines
When it comes to COVID-19 guidelines and protocols in its bid to play spring football, the Missouri Valley Football Conference is taking its lead from the NCAA. “The NCAA has done a wonderful job of creating first a set of guidelines that they made requirements very early on. Then they’ve come out with a new... Read more »
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