Senior defensive end Chance Coda has started in the last 36 games for SIU
July 7, 2011
By Jason Clay
CARBONDALE, Ill. - It's just about that time of the year again, as the start of the 2011 football season is just one month away for the Southern Illinois Salukis.
The team reports for fall camp on Saturday, Aug. 6 and holds its first practice the next day.
SIU's annual media day is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 4 at 12 p.m.
The Salukis return 14 starters, six on each side of the ball and two on special teams, and welcome back 41 returning lettermen.
After a 5-6 season in 2010 that saw its seven-year playoff streak come to an end, SIU is looking to bounce back and carry on the winning tradition that has been established here in Carbondale.
The Salukis have won 75 games since the 2003 season, which is the third-most among all Football Championship Subdivision schools. Only Montana (87) and Appalachian State (84) have won more games than SIU has over the last eight seasons.
Anchoring Southern Illinois this fall is the offensive line that returns all five starters. Seniors Bryan Boemer and David Pickard, who were both All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selections in each of the past two seasons, lead the group in the trenches.
Coda, who has started every single game over the past three seasons, is coming off his junior campaign where he received second team All-MVFC accolades.
Fall camp runs until the start of school on Aug. 22 and the Salukis open the season on Sept. 3 at Southeast Missouri State. Kickoff for the rivalry game from Houck Stadium is set for 6 p.m.