MVFC names SIU quarterback as Newcomer of the Week


Newly-crowned senior starting quarterback Josh Straughan answers questions from the media Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, after head coach Nick Hill announced his new position at Saluki Stadium. (Athena Chrysanthou | @Chrysant1Athena)

By Athena Chrysanthou

The Missouri Valley Football Conference named senior starting quarterback Josh Straughan as its Newcomer of the Week on Sunday evening.

On top of receiving the accolade, Straughan also set an SIU debut record with 367 passing yards during the team’s 38-30 loss to Florida Atlantic on Saturday.

The 367 yards are an MVFC high and fourth in the Football Championship Subdivision in Week 1. The mark is also eighth in SIU single-game history.


“It’s nice to be recognized, but means nothing — especially not getting the win,” Straughan said on Sunday afternoon. “We just have to capitalize and execute a little bit better. We are going to fix the mistakes and get ready for SEMO.”

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SIU will host SEMO in the home opener at 6.p.m Saturday Sept. 10 at Saluki Stadium.

Staff writer Athena Chrysanthou can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @Chrysant1Athena.

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