Austin Signor Will Have Big 10 Company at EIU

Austin Signor, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound kicker from Iowa, who transferred to Eastern Illinois, will have two former Big Ten transfers joining him this season. Signor is a redshirt junior who handled a majority of the kickoffs for the Hawkeyes last season. Signor is 5-of-8 on career field goals and 13-of-15 on career PAT's. He played at Urbandale High School.

Austin Signor will battle senior Tyler Wilke for the starting kicking job. Wilke made eight of 13 field goals and all 40 extra points,

Signor is not the only former Big Ten player who transferred to Eastern Illinois

Otis Hudson, a 6-foot-5 offensive lineman, played 2006 and 2007 seasons at Minnesota. Hudson, who redshirted the 2005 season, played in four games as a reserve defensive lineman in 2007 before moving to offensive line. Hudson appeared in five games in 2006.

D' Angelo McCray is a 6-4, 333 lb., defensive tackle transfer from Illinois. He redshirted as a member of the Fighting Illini Rose Bowl team last season. McCray played at Andrew Jackson HS in Jacksonville, Fla., and was a second team All-American by USA Today. He was a five-star recruit, ranking as the fourth best defensive tackle nationally by

Eastern Illinois has been ranked in several FCS preseason polls as the Panthers are coming off an 8-4 season and third consecutive trip to the NCAA FCS playoffs. EIU opens the regular-season on August 28 at Central Michigan.

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