Tag: Western Illinois University

5 burning questions for 2022: Western Illinois edition

Wide receiver Tony Tate (1) is among the key players of offense that WIU must replace this off-season. (Photo by GoLeathernecks.com) Myers Hendrickson stood at the lectern Monday at Western Hall in Macomb, fired up to take on his new job at his old school. The common thread he has with his players is that... Read more »

Western Illinois Leathernecks postseason capsule

Senior Dennis Houston tied for the top pass catcher in FCS with 90 receptions. (photo courtesy goleathernecks.com) Head Coach:  Jared Elliott Overall Record: 2-9 Missouri Valley Conference Record:  2-6 Biggest Win: While WIU’s 38-35 win at Youngstown State in late September was a thriller, there’s nothing like beating an arch-rival. A month later, the Leathernecks twice erased... Read more »

Western Illinois coaching job 'a calling' for former wide receiver Myers Hendrickson

Myers Hendrickson was officially introduced Monday as the 31st head coach in the history of Western Illinois football. (Photo by GoLeathernecks.com) After a Zoom meeting Friday with nearly every player on the Western Illinois football roster, Myers Hendrickson wound up in the team’s locker room in Western Hall. “That’s where I gravitated to,” Hendrickson said... Read more »

3 things we learned: WIU season comes to an end with 41-3 loss at Northern Iowa

Western Illinois ended its season with a 2-9 record. (photo courtesy goleathernecks.com) A second-half outburst propelled Northern Iowa past Western Illinois 41-3 Saturday in Cedar Falls in the final game of the Leathernecks’ season. The loss means WIU ends with a 2-9 overall record. The Leathernecks finish 2-6 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Northern... Read more »

Elliott prepares for final game at Western Illinois as Leathernecks face Northern Iowa Saturday

Jared Elliott (right) closes out his time as Western Illinois head coach Saturday when the Leathernecks play at Northern Iowa. He is shown here with North Dakota head coach Bubba Schweigert. (photo courtesy goleathernecks.com) Jared Elliott has spent seven falls and eight football seasons at Western Illinois University. Saturday’s Missouri Valley Conference game at Northern... Read more »

WIU parts ways with head football coach

Western Illinois University announced Wednesday that Jared Elliott would no longer be its head football coach. (Photo by GoLeathernecks.com) Western Illinois University announced Wednesday that the school and head football football coach Jared Elliott “have mutually agreed to part ways at the conclusion of the 2021 season.” That announcement came from Director of Athletics Danielle Surprenant. WIU is in... Read more »

Moving the Chains with ... Western Illinois senior safety Darius Joiner

Western Illinois senior safety Darius Joiner (1) leads the FCS in tackles this season. (Photo by GoLeathernecks.com) Growing up on a farm in eastern Alabama, Darius Joiner got used to early morning wakeup calls to do chores and late-night trips with his father, Robert, to find a cow that had journeyed off of their property.... Read more »

3 things we learned: Another WIU record falls in loss to nationally ranked foe

Senior Dennis Houston broke the Western Illinois single-season receptions record in Saturday’s loss to South Dakota. (photo courtesy goleathernecks.com) Records continue to fall for the Western Illinois football program. Yet, that doesn’t always translate into wins as the Leathernecks dropped their Saturday home finale to nationally ranked South Dakota. Senior receiver Dennis Houston broke the... Read more »

Being more than a 'one half' team drives Western Illinois for Saturday's home finale

Western Illinois safety Darius Joiner (1) is the national FCS leader in solo tackles. (Photo by GoLeathernecks.com) Beating in-state rival Illinois State last weekend provided plenty of satisfaction for the Western Illinois football team. But it was how the Leathernecks knocked off ISU, 38-31, that satisfied Western’s players the most. “Last week, we just put... Read more »

3 things we learned: Western losing streak reaches 4 games as passing mark falls

Western Illinois quarterback Connor Sampson set a single-season passing record in the Leathernecks’ 34-10 loss Saturday to North Dakota. (Photo by GoLeathernecks.com) Western Illinois quarterback Connor Sampson keeps piling up passing yards with every week on the schedule. Unfortunately for the Leathernecks, losses keep piling up as well. WIU (1-7) lost Saturday for the fourth... Read more »