Tag: SIU Salukis

Familiar faces back again for potent Southern Illinois offense

Javon Williams Jr. is back after rushing for nine touchdowns last season for SIU. (Photo by SIUSalukis.com) Wherever Nick Hill looks on offense when Southern Illinois opens fall camp Wednesday, he’ll see plenty of experience. The Salukis return nine starters on that side of the ball from a team that scored nearly 31 points a... Read more »

Downstate Rochester's football success continues at state FCS schools

Rochester High School has won eight state championships under Derek Leonard. (Twitter photo) Over the past dozen years the Rochester Rockets have left a lasting impact on Illinois high school football. That impact has also been felt within the four state FCS programs. Fifteen former Rochester players have played at the four Illinois FCS schools... Read more »

Baker pushing himself & SIU to take the next step

SIU quarterback Nic Baker had a record-setting season for the Salukis in 2021 and will be a key cog in the team’s offense come fall. (Photo by SIUSalukis.com) In many ways, 2021 was a special season for Southern Illinois quarterback Nic Baker. As a sophomore, the downstate Rochester product started all 13 games propelling the... Read more »

National signing day, Feb. 2022: Southern Illinois Salukis

Southern Illinois found a replacement for former middle linebacker Bryce Notree in the NCAA transfer portal this month. (Photo by SIUSalukis.com) Balancing a college football roster throughout the COVID-19 pandemic provided a major challenge to coaches across the country. “It’s a constant process,” Southern Illinois head coach Nick Hill said. “The roster is changing more... Read more »

5 burning questions for 2022: Southern Illinois edition

SIU quarterback Nic Baker had a record-setting season for the Salukis in 2021 and will be a key cog in the team’s high-powered offense next season. (Photo by SIUSalukis.com) No matter what position group you examine on the Southern Illinois football roster, a wildly impactful veteran has been part of the Salukis’ impressive run amid... 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 »

National signing day, Dec. 2021: Southern Illinois Salukis

Southern Illinois added 12 new players this week on the December national signing day, and expects to continuing adding through February. (Photo by SIUSalukis.com) Editor’s note: This is one part of a four-part series on December signees by Illinois FCS programs. Tomorrow: Eastern Illinois. Adding nine incoming freshmen and three transfers this week on national... Read more »

Illinois recruiting numbers 'way, way, way down', according to 30-year analyst

The number of Illinois prep football players signing with the state FCS schools may well be an all-time low, according to longtime recruiting analyst “Edgy” Tim O’Halloran. Today is National Signing Day, the December date on the calendar when high school athletes officially declare which collegiate program they will enter upon graduation. Earlier this week,... Read more »

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 »

Slowing down potent NDSU run game is top priority for Salukis in 2nd-round matchup

Slowing down North Dakota State’s highly productive run game is the most important job Saturday for Southern Illinois in its second-round FCS playoff game against the Bison. (Photo by SIUSalukis.com) When North Dakota State runs the football, it’s often with a who’s who of the Bison roster. In the regular-season finale against South Dakota, seven... Read more »