Tag: EIU Panthers

Eastern Illinois AD among those working to figure out spring FCS playoff puzzle

Head coach Nick HIll and Southern Illinois found a non-conference opponent when Illinois State and Western Illinois opted out of the spring season. (Photo by SIUSalukis.com) Choosing the FCS playoff field often presents a fair share of difficulties. Selecting the field amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which 10 members of the FCS playoff committee will do... Read more »

Eastern Illinois closes out spring with third straight ranked conference foe

Cole Hoover (76) is one of the seniors who will be honored Sunday before Eastern Illinois hosts Austin Peay in the spring finale. (photo courtesy Sandy King, EIU Athletics) Editor’s note: This preview was published prior to the Ohio Valley Conference announcing that the football game between Austin Peay and Eastern Illinois originally scheduled for... Read more »

3 things we learned: Jacksonville State clips EIU Panthers in final OVC Charleston appearance

No. 12 Jacksonville State celebrates during Saturday’s victory at Eastern Illinois. (Brandon Phillips/JSU Athletics photo) In its final appearance at Charleston’s O’Brien Field, Jacksonville State continued its recent dominance over Eastern Illinois by clipping the Panthers 44-23 Saturday. JSU — which is leaving the Ohio Valley Conference after this spring season  — took advantage of explosive... Read more »
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Improved EIU running game faces stiff test against conference's top defense

Eastern Illinois freshman Jordan Smith (35) rushed for a career-high 142 yards last weekend against conference leader Murray State. (photo courtesy Dave Winder, Murray State) Eastern Illinois head coach Adam Cushing has liked what he’s seen the last few weeks from his run game. If that trend is to continue, the Panthers will have to... Read more »

Moving the Chains with ... Eastern Illinois super back Jay Vallie

Graduate transfer super back Jay Vallie prefers making a big block to catching touchdowns. (Photo by Sandy King, EIU Athletics) Growing up, Jay Vallie played backyard football and pretended to be Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson. During high school, he was pretty sure his future was as a college basketball player. Now, as a... Read more »

Lead, chance to upset No. 17 Murray State vanish in 2nd half for EIU Panthers

DeQuan Dallas of Murray State outruns EIU safety Raymond Crittenden (4) into the end zone in the third quarter Sunday in Murray, Ky. (Photo by Dave Winder, Murray State Athletics) It took 5 minutes, 31 seconds for Eastern Illinois to take a two-touchdown lead Sunday at Murray State in the third quarter. Less than 5... Read more »
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Former WR Johnson tackling new role for Eastern Illinois

Linebacker Jason Johnson (8) leads the Ohio Valley Conference with 11 tackles a game for Eastern Illinois. Johnson played only one year of linebacker in high school. (Photo by Sandy King) When Eastern Illinois head coach Adam Cushing is asked to describe sophomore linebacker Jason Johnson’s play, he asks a question in return. “How much... Read more »

3 things we learned: Freshmen lead Eastern Illinois to victory

Eastern Illinois players celebrate a 28-20 Ohio Valley Conference victory over Tennessee Tech Sunday at O’Brien Field in Charleston. (photo courtesy of eiupanthers.com) Eastern Illinois has taken its lumps fielding a youth-oriented team. Yet, Sunday it was those same young players that sparked the Panthers to their first win of the spring. A week after... Read more »

Former offensive line coaches put their building blocks to the test in OVC

A former offensive line coach at Northwestern, Adam Cushing is in his second season as Eastern Illinois head coach. (photo courtesy of Sandy King, EIU Athletics) Adam Cushing and Dewayne Alexander are both former offensive line coaches, so they share a few traits. “I think offensive line coaches, by nature, have to be disciplined people,”... Read more »
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New Eastern Illinois QB shows off poise, big arm in his first career start

Otto Kuhns (4) threw a pair of touchdowns for EIU last weekend as the first true freshman since Jimmy Garoppolo to start for the Panthers. (Photo by EIUPanthers.com) The start to Otto Kuhns’ college career highlighted his arm strength … and perhaps his nerves. “The first play, the adrenaline was coursing through his veins and... Read more »