A win would secure ISU's fifth-consecutive winning season under head coach Brock Spack.
The game will be the first of three-straight at the newly-renovated Hancock Stadium for the Redbirds.
The game will be broadcast live on Comcast Sportsnet Chicago Plus at 6 p.m.
2006: All-Gateway first team selection ... started every game at quarterback ... led the Gateway with 228 yards passing per game ... also led the league with 231.6 yards of total offense per game ... most efficient passer in conference games (163.5) ... threw for a season-high 305 yards against Missouri State ... connected on a career-long 90-yard touchdown pass to Laurént Robinson in a win at Indiana State ... also threw for four touchdowns against the Sycamores.
2005: Named All-Gateway honorable mention ... started all 11 games at quarterback as a sophomore ... his 2,930 passing yards rank second-most in a season on the all-time Redbird list ... his 22 touchdown passes rank second-most in a season by a Redbird QB ... threw for five touchdowns against Drake and Indiana State ... his 440 yards against Indiana State was the second-highest output ever by a Redbird signal caller.
2004: Played in seven games ... completed one pass on two attempts for 10 yards.
2003: Played on the Illinois State baseball team ... saw action in three games ... had two at bats without a base hit.
Mt. Carmel HS: A tremendous athlete who was a four-year starter in baseball and a three-year starter in football and basketball ... as a senior, threw 30 TDs and passed for over 2,000 yards, while rushing for over 1,000 yards with 15 TDs ... passing marks set the standard at Mt. Carmel and in the conference ... first team all-state selection and academic all-state ... voted the conference MVP and was the MVP of the Illinois Coaches Association All-Star Shrine game ... team posted a 25-3 record during his junior and senior years, finishing as the state runner-up both seasons to Driscoll Catholic ... as a junior, passed for over 1,900 yards and 22 touchdowns ... coached by Darren Peach ... averaged 17 points per game his senior season in basketball, while hitting .400 at the plate in his final year as a prep.
Data: Born 12-18-84 in Evansville, Ind. ... son of Ron and Karen Drone ... has five sisters and two brothers ... major: physical education ... named to the AFNI Honor Roll three times .... selected to participate in the 2006 NCAA Leadership Conference ... 2006-07 and 2007-08 SAAC Educational Outreach Coordinator.