Archive for September 2021

Moving the Chains with . . . EIU punter Logen Neidhardt

Logen Neidhardt transferred to Eastern Illinois from Division II Ohio Dominican University and impacted the Panthers’ special teams immediately. (photo courtesy Sandy King, EIU Athletics) Logen Neidhardt isn’t your typical Division I collegiate punter. He didn’t attend regular punting camps growing up. He didn’t spend endless hours practicing the craft in which he would make... Read more »

Scheduling quirk has EIU facing Ohio Valley Conference foe in non-league road game

DeWayne Cooks (2) is Eastern Illinois’ second-leading receiver with 10 catches. (photo courtesy Sandy King, EIU Athletics) When two universities left the Ohio Valley Conference this past spring, the fall football schedule had to be reconfigured as teams scrambled to find games to fill those voids. As a result, Eastern Illinois will play at Murray... Read more »

Making big plays just part of the job for Western Illinois free safety Mike Lawson

Mike Lawson’s diving interception during the spring season against Illinois State was among his most dynamic contributions in a WIU uniform. (Photo courtesy Mike Lawson) Whether Mike Lawson was on a football field, baseball field or basketball court growing up, he has always been in the middle of the action. As a high school baseball... Read more »
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Hand it to Hartrup: Southern Illinois WR provides spark with big plays in comeback win

Southern Illinois wide receiver Izaiah Hartrup hauls in a one-handed, 47-yard catch Saturday in Carbondale against Illinois State. (Photo by SIUSalukis.com) CARBONDALE — Long before Izaiah Hartrup used his legs and his left hand to awaken his teammates and the Saluki Stadium crowd Saturday, his coach had seen the impact his speedy receiver could make... Read more »

Illinois FCS trio garners player of the week honors; Salukis at No. 7 in national polls

Southern Illinois players celebrate Saturday’s 35-17 win with fans at Saluki Stadium. (photo courtesy siusalukis.com) A scintillating kickoff return, a 23-tackle performance and a sack total that flashes back 18 years all translated into a trio of player of the weeks awards for Illinois FCS players. Southern Illinois returner Izaiah Hartrup, Western Illinois safety Darius... Read more »

3 things we learned: No. 7 Salukis rev up offense after sputtering through 1st half

SIU running back Justin Strong celebrates his fourth-quarter touchdown catch in Saturday’s home win against Illinois State. (Photo by SIUSalukis.com) CARBONDALE – A parade of 26 motorcyles roared into Saluki Stadium on Saturday, loudly bringing fans to their feet and leading the SIU football team onto the field for its Missouri Valley Football Conference opener... Read more »
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3 things we learned: Illinois State turned aside by second-half Southern Illinois rally

Jackson Waring (14) made his first collegiate start at quarterback for Illinois State Saturday against Southern Illinois in Carbondale. (photo courtesy goredbirds.com) CARBONDALE—Illinois State head coach Brock Spack named a handful of key plays that turned Saturday’s 35-17 loss in favor of rival Southern Illinois. His lead running back put his finger on one. With... Read more »

3 things we learned: This time, Western comeback yields season's 1st victory

Western Illinois kicker Mason Laramie booted a 20-yard field goal with 2 seconds remaining Saturday to give Western its first victory. (Photo by GoLeathernecks.com) A week after its frantic second-half rally failed to produce a victory, Western Illinois finished the job Saturday in Youngstown, Ohio. In its opening Missouri Valley Football Conference game of the... Read more »

3 things we learned: School-record fumble return sparks EIU to conference-opening win

Jordan Miles (91) and Jason Johnson (8) helped lead Eastern Illinois to a 28-14 win. (photo courtesy EIU Athletics) A momentum-swinging, game-changing play by Eastern Illinois’ defense sparked the Panthers to a 28-14 victory Saturday at Tennessee Tech to open the Ohio Valley Conference schedule. Trailing 21-14, TTU appeared on the verge of tying the... Read more »
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Salukis, Redbirds ready to renew rivalry in conference opener

Illinois State and Southern Illinois open Missouri Valley Football Conference play Saturday at Saluki Stadium in Carbondale. (photo courtesy goredbirds.com) Rivals Illinois State and Southern Illinois have not met on the field since 2019, so Saturday’s Missouri Valley Football Conference opener for both teams may have an extra spark. While SIU played one game non-conference... Read more »