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The Josh Straughan story: A loveable underdog narrative

The Josh Straughan story: A loveable underdog narrative

By Michael-Shawn Dugar | Moscow-Pullman Daily News

October 11, 2016

Josh Straughan has become adept at recalling his journey to SIU, having voiced the long, unlikely story to reporters, teammates and general inquirers the past few months. "Oh, it's been a lot," Straughan said, "too many to count." For those who haven't been keeping score at home, the story goes...

SIU football making small improvements with new defense

SIU football making small improvements with new defense

By Jonathan Thompson

October 11, 2016

Saluki football is still experiencing some growing pains in the early parts of this season after the signing of new head coach Nick Hill and defensive coordinator Kraig Paulson. SIU allowed 5,145 yards and 34.6 points per game last season, which both ranked second-worst in the Missouri Valley Footb...

Column: The (college football) times are changing

Column: The (college football) times are changing

By Sean Carley

October 9, 2016

I'm really starting to feel for college secondaries. There's not much they can do anymore. On Saturday, SIU football gave up 466 yards passing to South Dakota State sophomore quarterback Taryn Christion, a Jackrabbits single-game record. While this number is extreme and should be considered a poor...

Saluki football notebook: Scouting the South Dakota State Jackrabbits

Saluki football notebook: Scouting the South Dakota State Jackrabbits

By Sean Carley

October 7, 2016

SIU football suffered its worst loss of the season last Saturday against Northern Iowa, 42-21. The team will try to rebound when the No. 12 South Dakota State Jackrabbits come to Carbondale this Saturday. SDSU will come in with a 2-2 record, winning its conference opener with a resounding 52-14...

Penalties, turnovers plague SIU football in loss to UNI

Penalties, turnovers plague SIU football in loss to UNI

By Sean Carley

October 1, 2016

Nick Hill's first Missouri Valley Football Conference game as head coach did not go well for his team. SIU football dropped to 2-2 on the season after falling to Northern Iowa, 42-21, in Cedar Falls. The Salukis were their own enemy as much as UNI was on Saturday, as SIU committed 17 penalties...

SIU football player dedicates 98-yard touchdown to slain aunt

SIU football player dedicates 98-yard touchdown to slain aunt

By Sean Carley

September 20, 2016

To the 11,150 fans in Saluki Stadium on Saturday, freshman running back D.J. Davis’ 98-yard opening kickoff return for a touchdown was an electric play to start a game. But to Davis, it was validation that one of his biggest fans was still watching and guiding him. Davis’ aunt, Lisa Forem...

Former Saluki signs professional Canadian football contract

Former Saluki signs professional Canadian football contract

By Sean Carley

September 19, 2016

Although he didn't make the cut in the NFL, one former Saluki is testing out his abilities up north. Former SIU linebacker Brandon Williams has signed a practice squad contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League, he announced Monday on Facebook. "It's a great opportunity...

SIU quarterback wins second Newcomer of the Week award

SIU quarterback wins second Newcomer of the Week award

By Sean Carley

September 18, 2016

After leading SIU to a 33-point victory against Murray State on Saturday, senior quarterback Josh Straughan was honored by his conference for the second time. The Missouri Valley Football Conference named Straughan its Newcomer of the Week on Sunday. The quarterback completed 79 percent of his p...

SIU football renewing long-lost local rivalry this weekend

SIU football renewing long-lost local rivalry this weekend

By Marisa Howell

September 15, 2016

Saluki football will face off with local rival Murray State on Saturday for the first time since 2003. SIU Director of Athletics Tommy Bell and Murray State Director of Athletics Allen Ward wanted to create the matchup in the past, but have not been able to because of contractual issues.  "...

Saluki football notebook: Scouting the Murray State Racers

Saluki football notebook: Scouting the Murray State Racers

By Jesse Robertson

September 15, 2016

After SIU football bounced back from a rough loss against Florida Atlantic to defeat Southeast Missouri State, the Dawgs will try to continue their success Saturday against Murray State. Murray State is coached by Mitch Stewart, who enters his second year as head coach of the Racers after serving as th...

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