SIU leads all-time series, 40-15-1
Salukis will switch to an all-black helmet in 2012.
Quarterbacks combined to complete 32-of-46 passes for 385 yards and seven TDs.
Saluki D produces seven turnovers.
Salukis host Eastern Illinois at 2 p.m. on Saturday in BlackOut Cancer game.
The 2013 season was Kalen DeBoer's fourth season as the offensive coordinator at SIU and his 15th year as a college coach. He also serves as the position coach for the wide receivers.
In 2013, the Saluki offense led the Missouri Valley Football Conference with 231.8 passing yards per game, the fourth highest total in school history. SIU's 25 passing touchdowns on the season tied for the third highest total in school history. The offense was led by senior quarterback Kory Faulkner, who ranked 32nd in the nation in passing yards per game. SIU totaled over 400 yards of total offense in six of its first seven games before Faulkner suffered an injury with a second-half lead against No. 1 North Dakota State. His backup, redshirt freshman Ryan West, stepped in to throw two touchdown passes in his first start and help SIU to victories in three of the last four games. Under DeBoer's tutelage, John Lantz developed into an All-MVFC receiver. The senior finished the regular season second in the conference with 885 receiving yards, the highest total by a Saluki since 1999.
DeBoer's offense set a Saluki Stadium record with 565 yards of total offense in its game against Southeast Missouri State in 2012. That eclipsed the previous record, which was set by DeBoer's offense in 2010 when the Salukis put up 508 yards of total offense against Indiana State in the final game of the season. In 2011, the Salukis finished third in the MVFC in total offense, averaging 377.8 yards per game. Jewel Hampton rushed for 1,121 yards -- the second tailback at SIU to surpass the 1,000-yard plateau (Deji Karim did it in 2009) in DeBoer's offense. The 2010, his first season with SIU, the offense recorded five games with more than 400 yards of total offense and had 34 plays that went for 20 yards or longer (eight rush, 26 pass) on the year. That year the Saluki offense averaged 30.1 points and 378.2 yards of total offense per game behind a balanced attack. SIU ran for 189.5 yards per game and threw for 188.7.
DeBoer was hired following the 2009 season after compiling a 67-3 (.957) record during five seasons as head coach at the University of Sioux Falls, where he led one of the most dominant programs in the nation. He guided USF to three National Championships and was a three-time NAIA National Coach of the Year. DeBoer won four Great Plains Athletic Conference Championships, 50-straight home games and 29-straight games overall in his last two seasons. That winning streak was the longest in the nation at any level in college football at the time. His teams won back-to-back NAIA National Championships in 2008 and 2009, and adding in his 2006 national championship, DeBoer had as many National Championships as games0 lost during his five-year tenure as USF's head coach.
DeBoer coached two NAIA National Players of the Year in quarterbacks Lorenzo Brown (2009) and Chad Cavender (2007). A graduate of USF, DeBoer played for the Cougars from 1993-96, where he was an All-American wide receiver. He set school records for receptions (234), receiving yards (3,400) and touchdown catches (33). Following his playing days, he became a student assistant for Sioux Falls under coach Bob Young in 1997. From 2000-04, he served as USF's offensive coordinator and succeeded Young as head coach in 2005. At the age of 32, he led Sioux Falls to the 2006 National Championship. He and his wife, Nicole, have two daughters, Alexis and Avery.