Tag: Western Illinois University

5 burning questions for fall 2021: Western Illinois

WIU’s Dennis Houston was the team’s leading receiver this spring and earned first-team all-conference honors for the Leathernecks. (Photo by GoLeathernecks.com) The Western Illinois offense was an enigma over the past few months – a wildly successful passing game with veteran players coupled with a sluggish running game made up of new faces that ranked... Read more »

WIU Leathernecks spring postseason capsule

Following his career-best 368 passing yards, Connor Sampson was named Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week. (photo courtesy goleathernecks.com) Western Illinois Leathernecks Missouri Valley Football Conference Head Coach:  Jared Elliott Overall Record:  1-5 Conference Record:  1-5 Biggest Win:  After an 0-5 start, WIU got both a punt and kickoff return for touchdowns as the Leathernecks broke... Read more »

Eastern Illinois AD among those working to figure out spring FCS playoff puzzle

Head coach Nick HIll and Southern Illinois found a non-conference opponent when Illinois State and Western Illinois opted out of the spring season. (Photo by SIUSalukis.com) Choosing the FCS playoff field often presents a fair share of difficulties. Selecting the field amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which 10 members of the FCS playoff committee will do... Read more »

WIU opt-out decision 'in the best interest of our players, our program, everybody involved on a daily basis'

Western Illinois opted out of the remainder of the spring Missouri Valley Football Conference season. (photo courtesy of GoLeathernecks.com) A day after announcing its football program was opting out of the remainder of the spring season Western Illinois head coach Jared Elliott and his team captains addressed the media Tuesday afternoon. “When we got through... Read more »

Western Illinois opts out of spring football season

Western Illinois becomes the second state school to opt out of spring football. (Photo by Barry Bottino) Western Illinois University announced early Monday evening that its football program was opting out of the spring Missouri Valley Conference season. The official university release opened with, “Out of concern for the safety and wellbeing of its student-athletes,... Read more »

3 things we learned: Western Illinois savors first win of unique spring football season

Wide receiver Tony Tate returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown Saturday in Macomb to help Western Illinois beat Youngstown State, 27-24. (Photo by GoLeathernecks.com) For the first time in 518 days, the Western Illinois football team was able to celebrate a victory. On Saturday night in Macomb, in Week 6 of the unique... Read more »

Western's prolific passing game puts Leathernecks among national leaders

Senior quarterback Connor Sampson worked early in the COVID-19 quarantine with two of his top receivers. The result has been big numbers at WIU. (Photo by WIU Athletics) Early in the COVID-19 quarantine, Western Illinois football players weren’t sure if a season would be reality. “We didn’t know when we were going to play –... Read more »

3 things we learned: Big plays send WIU to defeat

Western Illinois remains winless following its home loss to nationally ranked Northern Iowa Saturday at Hanson Field in Macomb. (photo courtesy goleathernecks.com) Big plays by an opponent again doomed Western Illinois and sent the Leathernecks to their fifth loss of the spring season. No. 22 Northern Iowa scored 10 points in the final minute of... Read more »

Another early kickoff for Western Illinois as Leathernecks entertain Northern Iowa

Western Illinois hosts Northern Iowa in Missouri Valley Football Conference action Saturday in Macomb. (photo courtesy goleathernecks.com) The starting time for Saturday’s Missouri Valley Football Conference game between Western Illinois and 22nd-ranked Northern Iowa has been moved from a nighttime start to 11 a.m kickoff. Perhaps that will ignite the home-standing Leathernecks to their first... Read more »

Moving the Chains with . . . Western Illinois defensive back Jalen Powe

Jalen Powe is the first Western Illinois player to wear 0 on his jersey. (all photos courtesy of Western Illinois University) When people ask Jalen Powe where he is from, he has an unconventional answer. “I tell them Six Flags,” the Gurnee native said. Like the roller coasters at the famed theme park in his... Read more »