Salukis eager to get season started, improve upon last year's 6-5 record.
The Salukis are coming off a 6-5 season in which they finished tied for third place in the Missouri Valley Football Conference with a 5-3 conference mark. SIU is picked seventh in the MVFC Preseason Poll. Offensively, Southern returns seven players who started at least half of the team's games last year and 10 players with starting experience. All-American tight end MyCole Pruitt returns for his junior season.
With the addition of three transfers at running back and a more experienced offensive line, SIU will look to improve its ground game.
The defense returns only five starters and will have to replace five seniors from last year's front seven. However, with 21 lettermen returning on defense, SIU has experienced players who will look to step into a starting role. On special teams, senior punter Austin Pucylowski has been named an All-MVFC honorable mention.