Tag: Illinois State University

Grigsby becomes 1st Illinois State Redbird named to College Football Hall of Fame

James “Boomer” Grigsby has been named to the 2022 College Football Hall of Fame class. (Illinois State University photo) Illinois State University celebrated its 125th football season this past fall. There was more reason to celebrate to Monday when a former Redbird All-American became the first ISU player named to the College Football Hall of... Read more »

National signing day, Dec. 2021: Illinois State Redbirds

Illinois State signed 13 players to its roster in Wednesday’s National Signing Day. (Photo by Barry Bottino) Editor’s note: This is one part of a four-part series on December signees by Illinois FCS programs. Illinois State announced the signing of 13 players — but none from the transfer portal — during Wednesday’s National Signing Day. The... Read more »

5 burning questions for 2022: Illinois State edition

Senior Austin Nagel led the team in receptions this fall at Illinois State, but had only 19 catches for a struggling ISU passing game. (Photo by GoRedbirds.com) Brock Spack’s review of his team’s passing attack this fall was direct and blunt. “We are light years away from being able to throw the football the way... Read more »
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Illinois State Redbirds postseason capsule

Freshman Cole Mueller led Illinois State in rushing. (photo courtesy goredbirds.com) Head Coach:  Brock Spack Overall Record:  4-7 Missouri Valley Conference Record:  2-6 Biggest Win:  Defense, a Spack staple, delivered in a 17-10 overtime triumph against No. 13 ranked Northern Iowa. The Redbirds racked up nine tackles-for-loss and ran an interception back for a touchdown in front of the... Read more »

3 things we learned: Offensive funk proves costly as Redbirds stumble to 4-7 finish

Illinois State defensive tackle Jacob Powell (96) collected a career-best 2.5 tackles for loss in the Redbirds’ season-ending loss to Indiana State. (Photo by GoRedbirds.com) It took 71 seconds for the Illinois State offense to put the Redbirds in control Saturday in the team’s regular-season finale against Indiana State. In the 58-plus minutes that followed,... Read more »

ISU Redbirds meet their offensive match in season finale against Indiana State

Illinois State linebacker Shanon Reid in the team’s leading tackler this fall. (Photo by GoRedbirds.com) Offensive production has been a struggle for most of the fall at Illinois State. Saturday’s regular-season finale could be when the Redbirds meet their match. ISU (4-6 overall, 2-5 Missouri Valley Football Conference) hosts Indiana State at noon in Normal... Read more »
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Moving the Chains with . . . Illinois State center Drew Bones

Drew Bones has played both center and guard in his Illinois State career. (photo courtesy goredbirds.com) Drew Bones’s season has paralleled that of Illinois State football. There have been nagging injuries along with the high of knocking off a nationally ranked team coupled with the low of letting a big lead disappear in a loss... Read more »

3 things we learned: Late North Dakota TD spoils defensive day for Illinois State

Illinois State defensive back Iverson Brown (far right) forced a fumble and recovered a fumble Saturday in the Redbirds’ 14-7 loss to North Dakota. (Photo by GoRedbirds.com) Leaning on defense and field position has helped Illinois State’s football team earn two victories in the past month. A third win via a low-scoring struggle eluded the... Read more »

Fresh off season's biggest win, Illinois State seeks to keep momentum going with visit to North Dakota

Fresh off an upset of nationally ranked Northern Iowa, Illinois travels to North Dakota for a Saturday Missouri Valley Football Conference game. (photo courtesy goredbirds.com) The last two Illinois State football games mirror the Redbirds’ fall season in many ways. With two games remaining on its schedule, ISU intends to reflect its most recent performance... Read more »
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Illinois State punter collects national special teams honor; SIU falls out of Top 10

Illinois State punter J.T. Bohlken was recognized Monday as the STATS Perform FCS National Player of the Year on special teams. (Photo by GoRedbirds.com) Illinois State punter J.T. Bohlken’s right leg made a major impact on the Redbirds’ 17-10 upset win Saturday in overtime against Northern Iowa. Bohlken also put both of his legs to... Read more »