Head coach Dale Lennon, front, leads the Salukis onto the field Sept. 21 before taking on Southeast Missouri State University at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Salukis, who tied for second in the Missouri Valley Football Conference with an overall record of 7-5 and were 5-3 in conference play, were not selected to advance into the Football Championship Subdivision playoff bracket. During a press conference following the bracket announcement, Lennon expressed frustration about missing the playoffs once again. “We know we are a playoff caliber team,” he said. We know if we had made the playoffs, we could make some noise and advance.”

Salukis’ season brought lasting memories

The SIU football team may not have accomplished its goal of reaching the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, but that does not take away from how unforgettable the season was. From the anticipation of pulling off a University of Illinois upset ... Continue Reading →
Junior running back Tay Willis is brought down by an Illinois State University
defender Nov. 16 during the Salukis’ 24-17 win over the Redbirds at Saluki Stadium.
The Salukis defeated the Indiana State University Sycamores 31-9 Saturday,
limiting the Sycamores to just 55 total offensive yards, which tied for the fourth
lowest output ever against SIU. With the Football Championship Subdivision
Selection Committee only taking North Dakota State University and South Dakota
State University from the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Salukis have not
reached the postseason for the fourth consecutive year.

Despite conference wins, Salukis shut out of FCS playoffs

  After a 31-9 drubbing of Indiana State University Saturday afternoon, the SIU football team had hopes to qualify for the Football Championship Series playoffs come selection time. That case fell by the wayside Sunday morning as the FCS Selection ... Continue Reading →
Junior running back Malcolm Agnew carries the ball Saturday during the Salukis’ 24-17 win over the Illinois State University Redbirds at Saluki Stadium. Agnew and junior running back Ken Malcome combined for 126 rushing yards on 28 carries that led to a 14-0 second half shutout for SIU. The Salukis will play their last regular season game Saturday against the Indiana State University Sycamores in Terre Haute, Ind.

Salukis still have work to do in Terre Haute

  Saturday may be the last game of the regular season, and at this point, the Salukis are on the outside looking in in terms of making the playoffs, but that does not mean the team has nothing to play for. Coach Dale Lennon believes there is a chance ... Continue Reading →
Junior running back Ken Malcome reaches in for a touchdown Saturday against the Illinois State Redbirds at Saluki Stadium to put SIU up 23-17. A successful field goal was
the last point of the day for an SIU win, 24-17. Malcome had 58 rushing yards on 16 carries. SIU will close regular season play at 1 p.m. Saturday against the Indiana State
Sycamores in Terre Haute, Ind.

Second half seals Saluki win

  The seniors got exactly what they wished for Saturday afternoon at Saluki Stadium, along with a sliver of hope that the SIU football team can claw its way into the playoffs. It may have been senior day, but a pair of freshmen helped propel the ... Continue Reading →
Seniors John Lantz, left, and Kory Faulkner watch from the sidelines Saturday during the SIU game against Missouri State University. Lantz and Faulkner have lived together since their freshman year at SIU.
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Senior duo uses football to create lasting friendship

Saturday marks the last time 17 seniors will sport their Saluki maroon and step onto the turf of Saluki Stadium to go into battle in front of the crazed fans who breathe Saluki football. When two freshmen stepped on that field five years ago, neither ... Continue Reading →
Junior tight end
MyCole Pruitt is
tackled by Missouri
State University
defenders Saturday
during the Salukis’
37-27 loss at Saluki
Stadium. Pruitt, who
suffered a fractured
tibia during
Saturday’s game, will
miss the remainder
of the 2013 season.
Pruitt ranks second
in the nation with
601 receiving yards
among tight ends.

Pruitt out for season with leg injury

The SIU football team suffered another loss Tuesday when the team announced that junior tight end MyCole Pruitt would miss the remainder of the season with a fractured tibia. The injury occurred in the fourth quarter of SIU’s 37-27 loss against Missouri ... Continue Reading →
Freshman quarterback Ryan West looks for an open receiver as Missouri State University linebacker Tim Piccarreto closes in Saturday during the Salukis’ 37-27 loss at Saluki Stadium. The Salukis, who are likely out of playoff contention after the loss, will host their final home game at 2 p.m. Saturday against Illinois State University.

Playoffs in doubt for Salukis after loss

  The SIU football team walked off the field and into the locker room following Saturday’s loss, knowing that their playoff chances are likely shattered. The Salukis (5-5, 3-3 Missouri Valley Football Conference) built a 14-0 first quarter lead ... Continue Reading →

Pups look to hang with the Dawgs

Many athletes may fall in love with the sport they play from admiring the person they look up to the most: his or her favorite athlete. However, at a young age, only a few may have been given the chance to meet that athlete and spend time with them. Saluki ... Continue Reading →
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SIU sticks with coach despite NCAA sanctions

The National Collegiate Athletics Association released a 29-page public infractions report today sanctioning Chadron State College for a case involving rule violations against former head coach Bill O’Boyle who is now SIU’s offensive line coach. According ... Continue Reading →
Freshman quarterback Ryan West searches for an open receiver Sept. 14 during the Salukis’ 31-10 victory over University of Charleston at Saluki Stadium. West, who made his first career start on the road Saturday against Western Illinois University, threw 147 yards with two touchdown passes, which contributed to the Salukis’ 34-28 win over the Leathernecks. The Salukis host Missouri State University at 2 p.m. Saturday at Saluki Stadium.

Saturday equals matchup against playoff hopefuls

Although the SIU football team is clicking at the right moment, winning three of its last four games; so is the Salukis’ upcoming opponent, which has done just the same. The Missouri State University Bears’ overall record of 4-6 may jump out as inferior, ... Continue Reading →

Salukis leave crick in Leathernecks

The SIU football team won its third straight conference road game to stay in the playoff hunt, thanks to a breakout performance by redshirt quarterback Ryan West. West finished with 147 passing yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Senior linebacker ... Continue Reading →

O-line thrives despite injuries

An offensive line’s job is not to be in the spotlight. A great offensive lineman steps his size 13 cleats into the trenches and has two jobs to do — keep his quarterback on his feet and open up running lanes for the backs. The quarterback and running ... Continue Reading →
Junior running back Tay Willis holds off a Youngstown State University defender Sept. 28 during the Salukis’ 28-27 loss at
Saluki Stadium. Willis has tallied 272 total rushing yards and 138 total receiving yards this season for the Salukis. SIU will
travel to Macomb, Ill., Saturday to take on Western Illinois University at Hanson Field.

Salukis need players to step up beside West

Throw him to the wolves. This was coach Dale Lennon’s response to how he would prepare redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan West for the possibility of the teams’ excessive pressure based on his lack of experience. “That’s the only way to see if ... Continue Reading →
Redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan West
makes a short pass to junior running back
Tay Willis Saturday during the Salukis’
31-10 loss to North Dakota State University
at Saluki Stadium. West entered the
game in the third quarter after starting
quarterback Kory Faulkner sustained
an injury to his throwing hand. After an
examination revealed on Monday that
Faulkner fractured his right index finger
and would be out indefinitely, Saluki
Athletics announced that West would be
making his first start Nov. 2 at Western
Illinois University. In three appearances this
season, West has thrown 108 yards and has
completed two touchdown passes.

Bye week comes just in time for Salukis

Some may think the Salukis’ playoff chances were fractured along with senior quarterback Kory Faulkner’s index finger, but the Salukis are right where they want to be. The team may have lost Saturday’s game and starting quarterback, but there’s ... Continue Reading →
Director of Athletics Mario Moccia walks off the field with senior quarterback Kory
Faulkner Saturday after the Salukis’ loss to North Dakota State University at Saluki
Stadium. Faulkner left the game during the third quarter with an injury to his throwing
hand, and did not return. Coach Dale Lennon discussed the injury Monday during the
Lennon Live talk show, and said Faulkner has a double fracture in his index finger. After
visiting a hand specialist Monday, Faulkner was told he would be out of games and
practice for four to six weeks. Surgery is scheduled for Wednesday, and both Lennon and
Faulkner hope for the best. “It’s going to be different having to watch,” Faulkner said. “I’m
still going to be a big part of the team.”

Senior quarterback out 4-6 weeks with injury

  The SIU football team will be without an important piece of the puzzle for the latter part of this season as senior quarterback Kory Faulkner is out four to six weeks with a right hand injury. The three-year starter suffered a fracture to his right ... Continue Reading →
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