Social media and recruiting: Players adjust to being in online spotlight
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Social media and recruiting: Players adjust to being in online spotlight

Jirehl Brock was surprised to hear someone yelling his name. The day after rushing for 260 yards and three touchdowns in a victory over Rock Island last September, the Quincy High School junior running back attended the University of Iowa's game against Penn State as part of the Hawkeyes' ongoing recruiting of Brock. He was on the Iowa sideline when a fan started hollering at him.

College notebook: QU's Daniels headed to law school, Polak on tear, Martin leads Maryville
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College notebook: QU's Daniels headed to law school, Polak on tear, Martin leads Maryville

T.J. Daniels knows football is just a means to an end, and his future lies in helping people. With that in mind, the senior linebacker had decided to forego his last year of eligibility with the Quincy University football team, graduate in May...

Improved run defense focus of QU spring practices
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Improved run defense focus of QU spring practices

QUINCY -- No gimmicks. It might be the unofficial motto of the Quincy University football team's spring practice. After struggling last fall to stop the run -- the Hawks ranked last in run defense in the Great Lakes Valley Conference...

Illini landing big-time recruits could impact Brock
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Illini landing big-time recruits could impact Brock

How will the fact the University of Illinois football program has landed commitments from two high-profile recruits affect the rest of the class of 2019? Illini fans will monitor that with keen interest, and one of the players they'll wait...

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Hawks' schedule to feature seven home games

QUINCY -- There wasn't a need to ask what Gary Bass liked about the Quincy University football team's schedule. Seven home games would make any coach giddy. The Hawks unveiled the 2018 schedule this week, and it keeps them at home for all of September...

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Geneseo, Sterling mull invitations to join WB6

QUINCY -- Scott Douglas hasn't known a time when chatter about the Western Big Six Conference adding schools didn't take place. "Expansion has been a conference conversation you can't get away from," the Quincy High School athletic director said.

Jack is Back: Players glad to see Cornell return to QND
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Jack is Back: Players glad to see Cornell return to QND

The countdown is on. Jack Cornell started it Tuesday. In the middle of the thank yous and the this-is-where-I-want-to-bes that accompany any introductory press conference, Cornell made a comment that grabbed the attention of the Quincy Notre Dame...

QU's Brown working for chance to play pro football
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QU's Brown working for chance to play pro football

QUINCY -- Adehkeem Brown is confident his football career is far from over. All he has to do is prove that to at least one professional scout. The former Quincy University cornerback is hoping to make an impression during pro day workouts this month. Brown

'This is my dream': Cornell takes over as QND football coach
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'This is my dream': Cornell takes over as QND football coach

QUINCY -- Had it been any other circumstance, Jack Cornell would have left his cell phone behind or at least turned it off. Yet, when he and his wife, Lauren, were seated for a performance of "Hamilton" on Broadway during a recent weekend getaway...

Eight-man football growing in Illinois, but local teams not yet interested
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Eight-man football growing in Illinois, but local teams not yet interested

The sport of 8-man football has enough participants to offer state championships in neighboring states of Missouri and Iowa, and it's slowly growing in Illinois. A group of schools from Chicagoland have formed the 8-Man Football Association and is pursuing the opportunity to be sponsored by the Illinois High School Association and form its own state series. Seven schools -- Alden-Hebron, Westminster Christian in Elgin, Christian Life in Rockford, Judah Christian in Champaign, Lake Forest Academy, Milford-Cissna Park and Jacksonville ISD -- are playing 8-man football for the 2018 season, while Polo will join in 2019.