Fresh start for Iannotti at SIU

Saluki football had Kory Faulkner calling the signals this time last year, and SIU’s current quarterback was down the depth chart at a different university. Junior quarterback Mark Iannotti transferred to SIU from Eastern Michigan University in the ... Continue Reading →
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Salukis trounce Trojans

SIU football (1-0) opened 2014 with a win in blowout fashion Thursday night. Head Coach Dale Lennon has been preaching to his players to make a statement all preseason. And his Salukis did just that in a 45 to 0 victory over Taylor University (0-1). “We ... Continue Reading →

Saluki football opens season

It’s a moment I’ve been waiting for all summer. The Salukis’ sports season officially begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, with the kick off of SIU vs. Taylor University at Saluki Stadium. The Salukis find themselves in luck with their first game. Taylor ... Continue Reading →

Pulling all the stops for a sellout

With expectations rising for the football team, Athletic Director Mario Moccia hopes the number of attendees at Saluki football games is on the rise too. In 2013, the average attendance at SIU football games was 8,554. That is just over half of the full ... Continue Reading →
Senior Tay Willis, is transitioning to wide receiver for the 2014 season after playing running back for the Salukis in 2013. Willis had 23 catches for 173 yards last
season. SIU will play Taylor University at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Saluki Stadium.
photo illustration by Evan Fait • Daily Egyptian

Receiver ready to show off speed

The Saluki offense will be fast this season, and one senior receiver is ready to set the pace. Senior wide receiver Tay Willis enters his final season with SIU in a new position. Willis played running back in 2013, rushing for 321 yards, which was second-best ... Continue Reading →

Saluki gains equal losses for local high schools

Three area high school football programs faced tall tasks this summer in finding replacements for talent moving on to the next level. Wide receivers Brant Hill of Marion, Michael Aschemann, of Carterville and running back Phillip Frangello, of Carterville ... Continue Reading →

Tough campaign ahead for Saluki football

The Dawgs were ranked fifth by the coaches, media and sports information directors of the Missouri Valley Conference on July 29. The result surprised me, based on the offensive weapons the Salukis have, and the nine starters returning on defense. However, ... Continue Reading →
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The return of Mika’il McCall

Most people rarely get the opportunity to redo something in life they regret, but one member of the Saluki football team finds himself with that opportunity. Mika’il McCall’s 2013 season was cut short after just one game due to a disciplinary dismissal, ... Continue Reading →

The return of Mika’il McCall

Most people rarely get the opportunity to redo something in life they regret, but one member of the Saluki football team finds himself with that opportunity. McCall’s 2013 season was cut short after just one game due to a disciplinary dismissal according ... Continue Reading →
Senior outside linebacker Tyler Williamson, right, laughs with teammates Saturday after the final scrimmage at Saluki Stadium. Williamson, a captain of the Saluki football team prides himself in his leadership position. “I am constantly talking to the younger guys,” Williamson said.
Nathan Hoefort • Daily Egyptian

Senior linebacker set to lead defense

One of the Salukis’ nine returning starters on defense has turned into a proven leader on the field and sidelines. Senior outside linebacker Tyler Williamson is one of the faces of the 2014 Saluki football team. He is a captain on defense and is on ... Continue Reading →
Junior quarterback Mark Iannotti rolls out of the pocket at Saluki Stadium during
practice Monday. Iannotti was named starting quarterback for the Salukis for the
2014 season.
Nathan Hoefert • Daily Egyptian

Junior transfer will start at quarterback

SIU football has found its replacement for departed quarterback Kory Faulkner for the 2014 season. Head coach Dale Lennon announced junior transfer student Mark Iannotti will start the team’s first game of the season against Taylor University. Iannotti ... Continue Reading →

Salukis yet to name 2014 starter

Replacing Kory Faulkner will be a big task for the Salukis to tackle, but the pieces are in place to do so. The SIU roster has three players listed at quarterback: juniors Matt Vincent and Mark Iannotti, along with sophomore Ryan West. With the starting ... Continue Reading →
Sophomore tight end Shaq Findlater, left, goes up for a catch against freshman safety Charles Harris Friday during the annual Spring Game scrimmage.
SARAH SCHNEIDER • DAILY EGYPTIAN

Saluki football closes out spring practice

  SIU football held the annual maroon and white game Friday night at Saluki Stadium. Despite both sides giving their best effort, the game was considered a tie. The game marked the final official spring practice for the Salukis and is the last time ... Continue Reading →

Special teams set to kick off

Saluki football’s offense and defense will have new coordinators this season, and the story is very much the same for special teams. Coach Keith Murphy will take over the special teams along with the tight ends. This is Murphy’s first year with the ... Continue Reading →
Senior kicker Thomas Kinney was named to the All-Missouri Valley
Football Conference second-team and the All-MVFC newcomer
team for the 2013 season. Kinney ranked second in the conference
in field goals made with 18 out of 24 attempts during the 2013
season. He also tallied a career-best 52-yard field goal which tied
for second longest in the Football Championship Subdivision.
CHRIS ZOELLER · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Kicks with wind prove to be tough

Kicker is the only position in football I would allow my frail body to play at any level beyond the pee-wee league.  Senior kicker Thomas Kinney said he’s been hit in games before, which made me reconstruct that statement, but did not stop me from ... Continue Reading →
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