Leatherneck Summer Football Update
Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Friday 07/05/2013
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– Western Illinois Football is now just 55 days away from kicking off the 2013 season under the direction of first-year head coach Bob Nielson. The Leathernecks open the campaign at Hanson Field against Hampton, kickoff scheduled for 6 p.m. It’s the first of six home games this season.

SEASON TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE: Season tickets for the Leatherneck Football season are available for purchase. A reserved seat season ticket for the general public is $80, while a general admission season ticket is $50 per person. Western Illinois faculty and staff can purchase a reserved seat season ticket for $60 per person.

Single-game tickets go on sale August 5th. An adult ticket for games is $15 for a reserved seat and $10 for general admission. Youth tickets (18 and under) are $5, and children ages 3-and-under get in for free.  Group ticket sales (10 or more people) are also on sale, $10 for reserved ticket and $7 for general admission. There are two premium games this year, Family Day (South Dakota) and Homecoming (South Dakota State). Single-game ticket prices for those games are $20 for adult reserved, $15 for adult general admission, $10 for youth, and $15/$10 for group prices.

To purchase season tickets, call the ticket office at (309) 298-1190 or purchase online on the football ticket homepage of GoLeathernecks.com.

SUMMER CAMPS A SUCCESS: Head coach Bob Nielson and his staff kept busy during their first summer at Western Illinois, providing three camps for high school age students. The staff held a one-day camp in the Chicago and St. Louis area in addition to the camp held in Macomb.

“We had a great group of camps, we had large number of student-athletes – somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 student-athletes that have participated in camp to date. It’s been a great opportunity for our coaching staff to work with a talented group of young players who are eager to learn more about the game of football,” said Nielson.

Players had the opportunity to improve their football skill set while learning more what the Leatherneck Football program is about.

“It (camp) definitely provides an opportunity for them to get a feel for the coaching staff and the direction for which we are going to take the program. There’s a lot of excitement around the camps and I think student-athletes felt that excitement,” said Nielson.  “We pride ourselves that our camps are instructional camps. Players leave here with something they can take back to their high school programs and make them better football players this coming fall.”

An individual one-day camp in Macomb is scheduled for July 22nd. For additional football camp information, go to www.LeatherneckFootballCamps.com.

Russ Michna (San Jose) ranks fifth in the Arena League in passing leaders, averaging 257.2 yards in his nine games played. He has completed 185-of-281 passes totaling 48 touchdowns with only seven interceptions as the SaberCats own a 10-4 record and tied for second in the National Conference West Division. His passing efficiency rating of 120.5 and 260.9 yards of total offense per game also ranks him fifth in the league.

Reggie Gray (Chicago) ranks second in the league totaling 1,623 receiving yards on 111 receptions. He also ranks second with 38 touchdown catches and averaging 178.6 all-purpose yards per game. Gray stands ninth in the league with 865 kick return yards (39 attempts). The Rush is in a tie for first place in the National Conference Central Division with an 8-6 mark.

Gray’s Chicago Rush teammate J.J. Payne is 10th in the Arena League averaging 9.5 rushing yards per game. He has totaled 124 yards on 56 attempts with 11 touchdowns on the ground.

Not far behind Gray in the Arena League receiving leaders is Marco Thomas (Iowa). He leads the Barnstormers and is eighth in the league with 103.3 yards per game - 1,343 total receiving yards (on 118 receptions) and 27 touchdowns. Iowa heads into its game next week at 6-8, two games behind Chicago in the standings.

Patrick Stoudamire has started in eight of his nine games played for the Spokane Shock. He recorded his first kickoff return for a touchdown on May 4th versus Utah. He recorded an interception against Arizona and San Antonio. Spokane is tied with San Jose at 10-4.

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