CHARLESTON (WCIA) — It’s all about the postseason for the Eastern Illinois football team in 2018. The Panthers haven’t been to the playoffs since 2015, coming up one win short the last two seasons with 6-5 records.
Fifth-year head coach Kim Dameron has only made the playoffs once in his EIU tenure. As a result, he made a move in the offseason to spark the offense, hiring new coordinator Scott Parr. The Panthers were second to last in the Ohio Valley Conference last year, averaging just 17.6 points per game.
“I like what I see,” Dameron said. “And I like the excitement that our kids practice with because I know that if they’re getting better, they know they’re getting better, they’re excited about it, I’m seeing improvement.”
“This offense has an answer for everything,” Eastern Illinois senior running back Isaiah Johnson said. “We can run it, we can throw it, we can have a quick game, we can have a deep game. We can do a lot of things with this offense. I’m just pretty excited to be on this offense because we’ll get a lot of plays in and a lot of plays means a lot of reps, and we’ll get a lot of opportunities to do things.”
“Our players have done a great job,” Eastern Illinois offensive coordinator Scott Parr said. “We’ve got a head coach that’s committed to running this style of offense and that’s what he searched for when he decided to do a search.”
EIU opens the season at Arkansas on Sept. 1.