Tag: SIU Salukis

DBU of the FCS? Southern Illinois seniors Brown, Ceasar lead dogs for Salukis

Safety Qua Brown (24) led Southern Illinois in tackles and forced fumbles during the spring while helping the Salukis to the FCS quarterfinals. (Photo by SIUSalukis.com) Flipping on the TV on NFL Sundays last fall became a weekly habit for the Southern Illinois football coaching staff. Plenty of eyes were tuned to Carolina Panthers to... Read more »

Vaccine numbers game could equal fall forfeits for Missouri Valley teams

Some Missouri Valley Football Conference stadiums could be empty this fall if COVID-19 outbreaks lead for forfeits. (photo courtesy of SIU) After a unique spring FCS season that brought both a sense of “pride and relief” for the Missouri Valley Football Conference, commissioner Patty Viverito said Tuesday during the league’s virtual media day that juggling... Read more »

Moving the Chains with . . . SIU chaplain Roger Lipe

Twitter photo Roger Lipe recently wrapped up 27 seasons as the chaplain for Southern Illinois Salukis football. Over the years, Lipe has befriended and counseled countless numbers of individuals from all walks of life. He’s performed weddings and “sadly, a couple of funerals.” Never one to fully pull back the reins, Lipe continues to walk... Read more »

5 burning questions for fall 2021: Southern Illinois Salukis

Offensive lineman Ze’Veyon Furcron and running back Romeir Elliott were two Salukis who had plenty to celebrate this spring as SIU made the FCS quarterfinals. (Photo by SIUSalukis.com) Southern Illinois head football coach Nick Hill recalled his own playing days in Carbondale this season when fans loudly chanted “S-I-U, S-I-U” during a playoff victory at... Read more »

SIU Salukis spring postseason capsule

Southern Illinois returned to the FCS playoffs for the first time since 2009. (photo courtesy siusalukis.com) Southern Illinois Salukis Missouri Valley Football Conference Head Coach:  Nick Hill Overall Record:  6-4 Conference Record:  3-3 Biggest Win:  No. 14-ranked Southern Illinois rallied for a dramatic win over No. 3 Weber State, 34-31, in the first round of the FCS playoffs. Saluki quarterback... Read more »

3 things we learned: SIU upset bid thwarted by top seed's 2nd half comeback

Javon Williams Jr. returned to the SIU lineup and made his impact felt. (photo courtesy siusalukis.com) Sometimes the Hollywood script gets thrown out. For much of Sunday night, Southern Illinois appeared on its way to erasing the memory of a 44-3 blowout loss to South Dakota State at Saluki Stadium in March. After falling behind... Read more »

Salukis confront top seed in national quarterfinal

Branson Combs’ fourth-down TD catch sent Southern Illinois into Sunday’s quarterfinal matchup with top-seed South Dakota State (photo courtesy siusalukis.com) In a year and season that has featured more twists than a summer blockbuster thriller, Nick Hill’s Southern Illinois Salukis now face an old Missouri Valley Football Conference adversary worthy of what many would call... Read more »

SIU's Berner tackles new role at defensive tackle

SIU senior Jordan Berner has been a highly capable fill-in at defensive tackle over the last three games when injuries forced him to move from defensive end. (Photo by SIUSalukis.com) Since his redshirt freshman season in Carbondale, Jordan Berner has been a fixture at defensive end. That is, until injuries demolished the Southern Illinois depth... Read more »

3 key matchups for SIU's rematch with South Dakota State

In a 44-3 loss last month in Carbondale to South Dakota State, Southern Illinois gave up 392 rushing yards. The two teams face off against Sunday, May 2 in the FCS playoffs. (Photo by SIUSalukis.com) In their first meeting with South Dakota State – on March 20 in Carbondale – little went right for the... Read more »

Familiar foe: Get to know SIU's Missouri Valley adversary turned 2nd-round playoff opponent

Neuqua Valley High School graduate Mark Gronowski leads top-seeded South Dakota State against Southern Illinois in round two of the FCS playoffs. (Photo courtesy Dave Eggen/Inertia) Following its upset win at Weber State in the FCS playoffs, Southern Illinois next plays Sunday, May 2 at No. 1 seed South Dakota State. Whether SIU fans are... Read more »