Tag: ISU Redbirds

Trio of former ISU Redbirds find new homes as undrafted NFL free agents

ISU offensive tackle Drew Himmelman signed Saturday with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent. (photo by Barry Bottino, Prairie State Pigskin) After the NFL draft concluded Saturday, three former Illinois State players – Drew Himmelman, Romeo McKnight and Christian Uphoff — were busy finding new football homes as undrafted free agents. Himmelman, a... Read more »

Moving the Chains with ... Illinois State defensive back Clayton Isbell

Clayton Isbell (via Twitter) From wrestling to playing youth football, Clayton Isbell is familiar with keeping his weight in check. But that doesn’t mean the sophomore safety at Illinois State can’t enjoy a burger and fries from his favorite restaurant back home – Beef Shack in St. Charles. As a versatile defensive back for the... Read more »

'Brutal decision' to opt out stings for ISU's Spack, disappoints Valley coaches

ISU head coach Brock Spack and his program announced Sunday night that they were opting out of the spring season. (photo courtesy of ISU Athletics) Brock Spack is a football coach, not a mathematician. But the way his team’s roster numbers looked over the past few weeks, continuing to play football this spring didn’t add... Read more »
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Illinois State opts out of remainder of spring season

Illinois State head coach Brock Spack and the Redbirds are opting out of the remainder of the spring 2021 season, the university announced Sunday night in a news release posted online. (photo by Barry Bottino, Prairie State Pigskin) One day after Illinois State’s football team won the first game of its spring FCS season, the... Read more »

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 »

ISU Redbirds host WIU Leathernecks as both seek first win of spring

Illinois State defensive end Romeo McKnight pressures Western Illinois quarterback Connor Sampson in the 2019 game. (photo by Barry Bottino, Prairie State Pigskin) Perhaps an unusual spring calls for an even more unusual football season. When Illinois State hosts Western Illinois Saturday, each rival is still seeking its first victory of this pandemic-driven, Missouri Valley... Read more »
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3 things we learned: North Dakota State outlasts ISU Redbirds 21-13

North Dakota State’s Brayden Thomas, right, helps to tackle Illinois State’s Nigel White on Saturday, March 13, in the Fargodome. (photo courtesy Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor)  The last time Illinois State met up with North Dakota State in the FargoDome each team was led by a future NFL standout. While that wasn’t the... Read more »

Thinning defensive line a major concern for ISU heading into defending national champion's domain

With depth issues in the defensive line, Illinois State will lean even more heavily on players like linebacker Zeke Vandenburgh. (photo courtesy goredbirds.com) A myriad of reasons has left the Illinois State football team thin in the defensive line heading into Saturday’s Missouri Valley Football Conference road game at defending national champion North Dakota State.... Read more »

Moving the Chains with ... Illinois State wide receiver Austin Nagel

Illinois State wide receiver Austin Nagel said he ate ice cream every day in the summer growing up at his grandmother’s ice cream shop. (Photo by GoRedbirds.com) In his first game of the spring football season, Illinois State junior wide receiver Austin Nagel posted a career-best 132 receiving yards for the Redbirds. The Nagel name... Read more »
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Illinois State faces staunch task in bounce-back game

Head coach Brock Spack’s Illinois State Redbirds face strong opposition in what they hope will be a bounce-back performance. ISU stumbled out of the gate in its Missouri Valley Football Conference opener last weekend. “The first axiom of winning is not beat yourself, and that’s exactly what we did,” Spack said after the Redbirds let... Read more »