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Kansas State redshirt senior RB Jarvis Leverett Jr. transferred to Southern Illinois.

Leverett might be a redshirt senior, but his statistical output does not bear out his level of experience. Outside of the 2014 campaign, the 5-foot-11, 203-pounder did not see game action. During his four games in 2014, he rushed 20 times for 67 yards (3.4 YPC). He will be eligible to play in Southern Illinois' season-opening tilt against FAU.
Jun 14 - 1:56 PM

Florida redshirt sophomore WR Ryan Sousa transferred to Southern Illinois.

Sousa was a three-star recruit for the 2014 cycle. He appeared in two games last season, but did not catch a pass. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder will try to make a dent on the Salukis' depth chart this August and will be eligible to play immediately come the start of the 2016 season.
Jun 14 - 1:27 PM

Colorado State junior WR Deionte Gaines transferred to Southern Illinois.

In 10 games last season (he sat out two contests while on suspension), Gaines caught 13 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown. He also racked up 421 kick-return yards (23.4 yards per return). As he is dropping down to the FCS with this transfer, the 5-foot-8, 180-pounder will be eligible to play immediately for the Salukis come the start of the 2016 campaign.
Jun 14 - 12:28 PM

Wyoming redshirt sophomore CB C.J. Jennings transferred to Southern Illinois.

Jennings took to Twitter to announce his transfer. His decision to leave Wyoming's program is not outwardly due to playing time, as he appeared in 10 games as a redshirt freshman in 2015 and exited the spring in a position to start come the season-opener against Northern Illinois on September 3. As is, he shifts to Southern Illinois. The Salukis ply their trade at the FCS level and Jennings will be eligible to play immediately, without sitting out a transfer year. The 5-foot-10, 182-pounder recorded 18 tackles last season.
Jun 6 - 12:27 PM

Colorado State junior WR Deionte Gaine will transfer.

Gaines ran into trouble with the program last fall and was removed from the roster this spring. He's an electric returner.
May 13 - 5:41 PM

Florida redshirt sophomore WR Ryan Sousa will transfer.

Sousa announced his decision to bolt from the Gators via Twitter. Should he land with another FBS program, the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder would have to sit out a year according to NCAA transfer regulations. In 2015, he played sparingly and failed to log any statistical production.
May 12 - 2:57 PM

Southern Illinois QB Mark Iannotti was invited to the Chicago Bears' local day.

Iannotti, a former Eastern Michigan transfer, will try to convince the local team to give him a camp look via a UDFA contract. A First Team All-MVFC selection in 2015, Iannotti is most known to Saluki fans for breaking the school's single-game record by rolling up 517 passing yards against Indiana.
Apr 12 - 7:57 PM

Colorado State sophomore WR Deionte Gaines was suspended for two games for an unspecified violation of team rules prior to the Air Force game.

Thus, he will also miss the Rams' next game against San Diego State. The sophomore starter at wideout also ranks No. 39 in the country with 37.0 yards per kickoff return.
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 07:15:00 PM

Packers signed Southern Illinois RB Malcolm Agnew.

Agnew (5'10/202) spent his final two college seasons at SIU-Carbondale after transferring from Oregon State, rushing for 1,708 yards and 16 TDs on 316 carries (5.41 YPC), adding 29 receptions. He is the son of ex-Patriots and Rams NT Ray Agnew. Malcolm ran 4.57/4.60 at the Salukis' Pro Day, but turned heads with a 3.90 short shuttle and 6.75 three-cone drill, displaying absurd short-area quickness and change of direction. Agnew profiles as a special teams player and potential passing-down back.
Sun, May 3, 2015 09:55:00 PM

Vikings selected Southern Illinois TE MyCole Pruitt with the No. 143 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Pruitt (6'2/251) established Missouri Valley Conference all-time records in receptions (211), receiving yards (2,601), and TDs (25) by a tight end, twice earning first-team All-American accolades in the FCS. Highly athletic, Pruitt blew up the Combine with a 4.58 forty, 38-inch vertical, and standout agility scores. A more athletic version of Charles Clay, Pruitt is built to be a playmaking H-back and showed competitiveness as a college blocker. In Minnesota, Pruitt will open his career behind Kyle Rudolph, Rhett Ellison, and Chase Ford.
Sat, May 2, 2015 02:10:00 PM

NFL Media Analyst Charles Davis believes Southern Illinois TE MyCole Pruitt is a "legit" talent in this years' tight end class.

"Tape time: MyCole Pruitt, TE, S Illinois is legit. Catches in traffic, can break tackles, strong hands, uses body well to uncover. Impressed," Davis tweeted. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Pruitt may get knocked for his production against small-school level of competition, but he was highly productive for the Salukis and even caught 10 passes for 136 yards against the Purdue Boliermakers in 2014. On the year, Pruit hauled in 81 receptions for 861 yards and 13 touchdowns, while being featured as a H-back and tight end for Southern Illinois.
Tue, Mar 24, 2015 03:59:00 PM

The Texans put Southern Illinois RB Malcolm Agnew through a private workout following his pro day.

Agnew transferred to SIU from Oregon State two years ago, and led the school in rushing in 2014 despite missing time due to an ankle injury. He is the son of former defensive tackle Ray Agnew and his brother plays fullback in the league.
Source: Scout
Mon, Mar 23, 2015 11:05:00 AM

Southern Illinois TE MyCole Pruitt "won't be considered a plus athlete for the position by NFL standards, so he must crank up the motor and keep it running -- especially when asked to block since that might be his way onto a team," postulated NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

The 6-foot-2, 250-pounder grades as Zierlein's No. 10 tight end in the class. The analyst loves Pruitt's production -- he caught 81 passes for 861 yards and 13 touchdowns last season -- "but the tape shows an alarming inconsistency of effort and competitive fire." Zierlein also pointed out that Pruitt plays with limited bend, conforming to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline recent report that the prospect showed tightness in his hips at a recent workout. "Doesn't show consistent competitive toughness as a goal-line blocker and gears down in his routes if he doesn't anticipate getting the ball," Zierlein wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Sat, Mar 21, 2015 07:20:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that the Houston Texans and Cincinnati Bengals have "shown a lot of interest" in Southern Illinois RB Malcolm Agnew.

Pauline called Agnew "the big winner" of the school's pro day. Measuring 5-foot-9 1/8, 203 pounds, Agnew clocked 40 times in the low 4.5-second range, posted a spectacular shuttle of 3.89 seconds, and added a superb 6.62 second 3-cone drill. At the Northwestern pro day, he registered his jump marks of 36 1/2 inches (vertical) and 10-10 (broad). "In drills, Agnew looked solid, especially catching passes, where he made several finger-tip receptions," Pauline wrote.
Wed, Mar 18, 2015 02:23:00 AM

Per TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, Southern Illinois TE MyCole Pruitt displayed a weakness at his pro day that doesn't portend well in his transition to the NFL.

"Pruitt, who turned in an outstanding combine workout, caught the ball today and did reasonably well," Pauline wrote. "I'm told while his pass-catching skills stood out, he shows a bit of tightness in his hips; not a good sign for a smaller player at his position." The 6-foot-2, 250-pounder has long arms (33 1/2) and big hands (10 1/4). Pruitt caught 81 passes for 861 yards and 13 touchdowns last season.
Tue, Mar 17, 2015 10:49:00 PM


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