Tag: Illinois State Redbirds

Illinois FCS coaches share their recollections about 9/11

Jared Elliott was a prep quarterback in Franklin, Tenn. Nick Hill was a junior at downstate DuQuoin High School. Adam Cushing was a tight end at the University of Chicago. Brock Spack was defensive coordinator at Purdue. No matter their age differences or experiences, they join millions of Americans remembering where they were and what... Read more »

5 burning questions for fall 2021: Illinois State Redbirds

Defensive tackle and homegrown talent John Ridgeway is among the players who chose to leave the Illinois State program this off-season. (Photo by Barry Bottino) In a unique spring season, the games Illinois State chose not to play became the season’s biggest headline. A wave of injuries, specifically along the defensive line, led head coach... Read more »

A pair of ISU Redbirds stand best chance of being taken in NFL Draft

Illinois State safety Christian Uphoff (24) is projected as a possible late-round selection in the NFL Draft. (photo courtesy ISU Athletics) The National Football League opens its annual player draft tonight in Cleveland, however Illinois FCS fans aren’t likely to hear the name of one of the four state schools until the later rounds. If... Read more »
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3 things we learned: Running game, defense spark Illinois State's first spring victory

Illinois State’s Nigel White (20) rushed for a game-high 112 yards as the Redbirds defeated rival Western Illinois Saturday at Hancock Stadium. (photo courtesy Illinois State Athletics) Normal—The 103rd meeting between rivals Illinois State and Western Illinois produced the first . . . and the 11th . . . and the 85th. ISU built a... Read more »

SIU ascends to No. 10 in latest FCS rankings; Illinois State drops seven slots

Southern Illinois’ impressive victory against defending national champion North Dakota State is a major factor why the Salukis are ranked among the best in FCS. (photo courtesy SIU Athletics) Southern Illinois continues to impress national voters as the Salukis moved up one position to No. 10 in the STATS Perform rankings. Head coach Nick Hill’s... Read more »

Questions still abound for college football's fall

Questions still abound for college football's fall
Even with Illinois in Phase 4 of its COVID-19 plan, college football in the state remains as much up in the air as a well-struck punt into swirling winds. So much is still unknown. As July approaches, Division I athletes have been allowed to participate in voluntary activities for roughly a month. According to the... Read more »
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An altered football fall? Perhaps history carries some insight

An altered football fall? Perhaps history carries some insight
As questions and proposed plans continue to swirl around all things COVID-19 pandemic, the calendar on college football has flipped to June. Will players return to campus this summer? What will the NCAA allow? What will individual states allow? Will all conference members participate? Will there be fans in the stands? Can schools afford the... Read more »

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 »

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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State FCS programs soldier on as COVID-19 alters spring

State FCS programs soldier on as COVID-19 alters spring
Published in the early 1960s, Silent Spring was Rachel Carson’s landmark book documenting the adverse environmental effects caused by the indiscriminate use of pesticides. That same title could also easily be used to describe our current COVID-19 pandemic landscape. Although Southern Illinois was able to open spring ball Feb. 26 and hold five team workouts, spring football practices... Read more »