Tag: Southern Illinois University

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 »

With emotional playoff win comes gratitude, pride for Southern Illinois coach Hill

SIU head coach Nick Hill leads his team onto the field before Saturday’s playoff victory at Weber State in the first round of the FCS playoffs. (Photo by SIUSalukis.com) Moments after his team’s first playoff victory since 2009, which was filled with more ups and downs than a roller coaster, Nick Hill was at a... Read more »

3 things we learned: Salukis score late, secure FCS playoff stunner in Round 1

SIU wide receiver Branson Combs (83) hauls in the game-winning touchdown Saturday in the Salukis’ 34-31 first-round playoff victory against Weber State. (Photo by SIUSalukis.com) Beating the No. 3 team in the nation on the road in the first round of the FCS playoffs Saturday took everything – and everyone – that No. 14 Southern... Read more »

Saluki QB Labanowitz treasures his role as SIU's gun-slinging 'therapist'

SIU quarterback Stone Labanowitz has completed 78% of his passes this season, despite starting the spring campaign at No. 3 on the depth chart. (Photo by SIUSalukis.com) When the football zips out of Stone Labanowitz’s right hand to a wide receiver, it is often on time, accurate and arrives in a speedy fashion. “That’s who... Read more »

SIU strives to be king of the Hills in playoff tilt at unbeaten Weber State

The key to SIU’s upset bid in the first round of the FCS playoffs may well rest with the Saluki defense. (photo courtesy siusalukis.com) Following a 12-year absence, Southern Illinois fought and scrapped its way into the FCS playoffs. If the Salukis are to survive and advance, head coach Nick Hill knows a similar effort... Read more »