SIU drops season finale to MVFC champions

Despite a strong second half, the Salukis fell in their final game of the season to an in-state rival. No. 7 Illinois State (10-1) defeated SIU (6-6), 44-29. SIU scored 29 points in the second half, but could not find an answer to the Redbirds’ ... Continue Reading →
Nathan Hoefert • Daily Egyptian
Senior wide receiver LaSteven McKinney runs after a catch during the Salukis’ 45-0 win against Taylor University Aug. 28 at Saluki Stadium. In 9 games, McKinney has 12 punt returns for 207 yards.

Wide receivers make impact on special teams

Just because a player is listed as a wide receiver does not mean they cannot participate in other roles. Seniors LaSteven McKinney and Tay Willis make their biggest impact on the team through special teams, which is not their primary position. McKinney ... 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 →

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 →

Ups & Downs

The 2012 SIU football season began with a wicked downward spiral, was paced by an exhilarating climb to the top and finished with Saluki fans, coaches and players believing the ride ended prematurely. While the goal of a playoff birth was missed by the ... Continue Reading →

Salukis lose in last seconds

The SIU football team trailed for only seven seconds of its 16-12 home loss to No. 21 South Dakota State University Saturday. SIU grabbed a 7-0 lead with 4:07 left in the first quarter on a 7-yard flex sweep by sophomore wide receiver LaSteven McKinney. ... Continue Reading →

Salukis fall short in Fargo

SIU’s football team couldn’t hold on to a late lead in its bout with defending national champion North Dakota State University on Saturday and fell 23-13. The Saluki offense sputtered as the clock waned, and NDSU took its first lead of the game with ... Continue Reading →

Salukis grab win in final minute

  At last week’s press conference, SIU coach Dale Lennon noted how a punt that is blocked for a score increases a team’s chances of winning tremendously. That statement showed its validity a few days later in the Salukis’ 34-31 Homecoming win ... Continue Reading →

Lennon ready for fast-paced game

The Saluki football team isn’t exactly sure what they will see out of Eastern Illinois University’s offense during Thursday’s season opener, but whatever happens will be quick. Coach Dale Lennon said he expects a fast-paced game out of the Panthers, ... Continue Reading →
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