Tag: Southern Illinois University

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 »

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 »

Moving the Chains with . . . SIU guard ZeVeyon Furcron

Joliet Catholic graduate ZeVeyon Furcron has enjoyed a stellar career at Southern Illinois University. (photo courtesy siusalukis.com) ZeVeyon Furcron has been a the forefront of Southern Illinois University football’s resurgence. Behind every successful run or pass, it’s players like the 23-year-old guard that are the secret to Saluki offensive success. Certainly Furcron’s 6-foot-2, 327-pound frame... Read more »

Playoff rematch with NDSU another step in SIU's growth

Southern Illinois flexed its muscles Saturday in a first-round playoff win at South Dakota. The Salukis face No. 3 North Dakota State this weekend. (Photo by SIUSalukis.com) Winning on the road in the playoffs Saturday against South Dakota was a feather in the cap of Southern Illinois’ football program. “This is the second road playoff... Read more »

Southern Illinois finds remedy for late-season woes with 1st-round playoff win

Southern Illinois safety Qua Brown (7) celebrates one of his two interceptions with quarterback Nic Baker in the Salukis’ 22-10 FCS playoff win. (Photo by SIUSalukis.com) The visitors’ locker room at the DakotaDome in Vermillion, S.D., Saturday night was home to plenty of good vibes for Southern Illinois after its first-round FCS playoff victory. “You... Read more »

3 things we learned: SIU advances in FCS playoffs with workmanlike win

Southern Illinois players led by ZeVeyon Furcron (59) and Bryce Notree (54) celebrate the Salukis’ playoff victory. (photo courtesy siusalukis.com) The Southern Illinois football team went back to move forward. The Salukis, who got as high as No. 3 in the national polls a month ago only to struggle down stretch, returned to early-season form... Read more »

As wins pile up, Southern Illinois fan base embraces program's revival, players

SIU linebacker Bryce Notree (54) is greeted by young fans before a game this fall. Compared to 2019, attendance was up 20% in Carbondale this season. (Photo by SIUSalukis.com) Early in his career at Southern Illinois, sixth-year wide receiver Landon Lenoir noticed something about crowds at Saluki football games. After halftime, a number of fans... Read more »