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SIU defensive end Anthony Knighton (95) pressures Youngstown State quarterback Hunter Wells (6) in the second quarter at Saluki Stadium this past season.

CARBONDALE — The SIU football team added two defensive linemen to its 2018 class this month.

The Salukis announced the signing of Nick Terrana, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound lineman from Jesuit High School in Tampa, Florida, earlier this month and 6-2, 285-pound lineman Tylan Driver out of Mandeville, Louisiana, Monday. SIU's class has been ranked the second-best in the Missouri Valley Football Conference by Hero Sports and the 18th-best in the FCS.

North Dakota State, which won the national championship, had the fourth-best class in the nation, according to Hero Sports.

Terrana had 111 tackles and 10 sacks for a 6-5 Jesuit team, according to Driver was a first team all-state pick by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association after helping Lakeshore reach the Class 4A state championship game, where they were defeated by Karr High School. 

SIU returns all four starting defensive linemen from last season's 4-7 squad that finished 2-6 in the MVFC, freshman All-American Anthony Knighton, sophomore Blake Parzych, redshirt freshman ZeVeyon Furcron and redshirt freshman Jordan Berner. Two other players started on the front four, sophomore Malik Haynes and freshman Jaylin Wilson.

Terrana and Driver join Miguel Rodriguez, a 6-3, 223-pound defensive lineman from Viera, Florida, that was ranked the 45th-best FCS recruit in the country by Hero Sports, and Eldorado High School product Jacob Traxler. Terrana and Driver give the Salukis  28 players in the 2018 class, including five FBS transfers and one junior transfer, quarterback Stone Labanowitz.


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Todd Hefferman has covered SIU athletics since 2008. A University of Iowa grad, he is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and a Heisman Trophy voter.

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