Tag: Missouri Valley Football Conference

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 »

Southern Illinois Salukis postseason capsule

Plays such as freshman Izaiah Hartrup’s one-handed catch gave SIU fans plenty to cheer about in 2021. (photo courtesy siusalukis.com) Head Coach:  Nick Hill Overall Record: 8-5 Missouri Valley Conference Record:  5-3 Biggest Win: Southern Illinois rallied from a 20-point deficit to stun No. 2 ranked South Dakota State 42-41 in overtime in a first-place showdown and... Read more »

5 burning questions for 2022: Western Illinois edition

Wide receiver Tony Tate (1) is among the key players of offense that WIU must replace this off-season. (Photo by GoLeathernecks.com) Myers Hendrickson stood at the lectern Monday at Western Hall in Macomb, fired up to take on his new job at his old school. The common thread he has with his players is that... Read more »
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Western Illinois Leathernecks postseason capsule

Senior Dennis Houston tied for the top pass catcher in FCS with 90 receptions. (photo courtesy goleathernecks.com) Head Coach:  Jared Elliott Overall Record: 2-9 Missouri Valley Conference Record:  2-6 Biggest Win: While WIU’s 38-35 win at Youngstown State in late September was a thriller, there’s nothing like beating an arch-rival. A month later, the Leathernecks twice erased... Read more »

Western Illinois coaching job 'a calling' for former wide receiver Myers Hendrickson

Myers Hendrickson was officially introduced Monday as the 31st head coach in the history of Western Illinois football. (Photo by GoLeathernecks.com) After a Zoom meeting Friday with nearly every player on the Western Illinois football roster, Myers Hendrickson wound up in the team’s locker room in Western Hall. “That’s where I gravitated to,” Hendrickson said... 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 »
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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 »

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 »

5 burning questions for 2022: Eastern Illinois edition

Running back Jaelin Benefield was hampered by injuries this fall for Eastern Illinois. The running game managed less than 91 yards a game. (Photo by Barry Bottino) The off-season changes came swiftly after Eastern Illinois finished its third consecutive football season with only one win this fall. Gone are all five offensive assistant coaches for... Read more »
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3 things we learned: Bison stampede past Southern Illinois in FCS playoffs

The SIU defense allowed 389 rushing yards to North Dakota State in Fargo Saturday in a 38-7 FCS second-round playoff loss. (Photo by SIUSalukis.com) After watching his team’s season come to an end Saturday in the FargoDome against eight-time FCS national champion North Dakota State, 38-7, Nick Hill summed up the game bluntly. “That’s an... Read more »