Posts tagged: Big Sky Conference
The Eagles are here in (mostly) sunny California, playing tonight at UC Davis in a game that perhaps won't come down to the wire - and perhaps it will. Here's my preview, along with a feature in the Sacramento Bee that examines the game as well as the Eastern program. Want more? Here's a complete pre-game package from Eastern sports information director Dave Cook. … Elsewhere, Idaho State could sure use some momentum heading into next week's game at Eastern, and a win over Sacramento State would do wonders. … Weber State and Southern Utah are both 0-4, but something's gotta give today. … In Missoula, the Montana Grizzlies are looking to bounce back from a loss at North Dakota State. … Perhaps the most intriguing Big Sky opener is Cal Poly at Northern Arizona, as both teams have postseason hopes.
Eastern safety and California native Tevin McDonald is playing in California this weekend for first time since joining the Eagles a year and a half ago. Here's my feature story on McDonald, who is coming off a huge day at Montana State. .. We also had a nice live chat on Thursday, and here's the replay. … Want more on the game? Go to the EWU athletic site… and the UC Davis site. … It's been a tough year so far at Northern Colorado. …and now my computer is freezing and I have a plane to catch - adios!
It wasn’t easy trading Westwood for the West Plains, but former UCLA safety Tevin McDonald has done just that - and he's fitting in just fine at Eastern Washington.
The native Californian still dreams of following his father and older brother into the National Football League. He’s merely taking a different path, one smoothed for many players by the stability and success of the Eagle program under coach Beau Baldwin.
It's game day here in Bozeman, where No. 2 Eastern Washington visits No. 14 Montana State. Here's my game preview, and, in case you missed it, the replay from Thursday's live chat. … The hometown Bozeman Daily Chronicle has a big package on the game, including a reprise from last year's EWU win, a profile of EWU coach Beau Baldwin and a game preview highlighting new MSU quarterback Dakota Prukop…. In other games, Montana faces a huge challenge at top-ranked North Dakota State. Here's a preview from the Missoulian. … Interestingly, Eastern's next two opponents, UC Davis and Idaho State, have the week off. … Southern Utah is hoping to rebound, but that won't be easy at Fresno State. …
Has it really been two weeks since we chatted about Eastern Washington football? We'll do it again today at noon, right here at SportsLink. One topic of conversation should be new Montana State quarterback Dakota Prukop. who's the subject of today's Big Sky notebook. …MSU's underdog status is personified by Bobcat lineman Taylor Dees, according to this article in the Billings Gazette, which also has a preview of Saturday's Montana game at North Dakota State. … Two weeks from now, Idaho State will bring a veteran offensive line against Eastern. …Suddenly, the Eagles' win over Sam Houston State doesn't look so impressive.
Second-ranked Eastern Washington is rested and ready for No. 14 Montana State, but in this series, being favored isn't necessarily a good thing. Here's my story from Tuesday's practice, and here's a link to the game preview from the EWU Sports Information Office. … New MSU quarterback Dakota Prukop is off to a great start, and earned a big honor this week. Of course, that won't help the Bobcat defense, which is still looking for answers on how to stop EWU QB Vernon Adams and company. … You'd think No. 2 vs. No. 14 would be the biggest game in the Big Sky this week, but you'd be wrong: No. 4 Montana is at top-ranked North Dakota State. The Missoulian is rising to the challenge with this early look at the task confronting the Griz. … Look out: UC Davis has two weeks to get ready for a Sept. 27 home game against the Eagles. … Idaho State receiver Broc Malcolm enjoyed a career day last weekend. … Fresh off a blowout Homecoming loss to South Dakota State, Southern Utah will have a tough time bouncing back at Fresno State.
SEATTLE – A few reflections off Lake Washington as I prepare to head back to Spokane this morning…
The entertainment value of Saturday’s 59-52 loss at Husky Stadium wasn’t lost on the Eagle coaches and players, who lingered a bit as they exited to the claps of the hundreds of Eagle fans near the visitor’s lockerroom.
It’s a team game, and the cheers were as loud for the defense as they were for Vernon Adams after his record-setting game that included 475 passing yards and a school-record seven touchdown passes.
Just like their Husky counterparts, the Eagle defenders will roll up their sleeves this week, treat the bye week like any other and work
SEATTLE - I posed five questions about the Washington Huskies to Christian Caple, who covers the Dawgs for the Tacoma News Tribune. You can follow him on Twitter: @ChristianCaple
1) Coach Sarksian is gone, but what do you see as his major contributions in upgrading the program since these teams met in 2011?
The overall talent level is quite a bit higher. If you look at Washington's defense, you probably see four players — defensive linemen Danny Shelton and Hau'oli Kikaha, linebacker Shaq Thompson and cornerback Marcus Peters — who could reasonably expect to be drafted in 2015, with other guys around them who have played a lot and put up some numbers, too. That level of depth wasn't there in Sarkisian's first couple years (though the Huskies did have a pretty remarkable amount of NFL talent in 2009 for a team that had just gone 0-12). I think it really started to show up last season, with an offense run by a fifth-year senior quarterback (Keith Price), a proven junior
One Eastern Washington player's career will be coming full-circle when the Eagles play in Husky Stadium. Here's my story on center Jase Butorac, plus the full transcript from Thursday's live chat. Want more? Here is a preview from the game produced by EWU Sports Information Director Dave Cook. … UW nose tackle Danny Shelton - all 339 pounds of him - is getting even better, according to this story in the Seattle Times., which also offers this blog. … Apparently the game will not be a sellout, according Christian Caple of the Tacoma News Tribune. … The Bozeman Daily Chronicle looks ahead to Montana State's game against Black Hills.
It's a fact of life: the big football schools get more media attention - hence my headline above. This week, Vernon Adams has settled into the role of “the other quarterback,” no matter that he's an FCS All-American and that the other guy has started one game his entire college career. But that other guy plays for the Washington Huskies; even I had to write a story on Cyler Miles, and we can talk about him at today's live chat. The Seattle Times has a report on Miles' impact at UW practice, plus an interview with Eastern coach Beau Baldwin. Meanwhile, the Tacoma News Tribune has this Husky blog. … Moving on, the Eagles have a bye next week, then travel to Montana State, which was routed last week at Arkansas State but found a kicker in the process…. Montana is gearing up for a game with Central Washington. … Courtesy of the Idaho State Journal, here's a primer on the Utah State-Idaho State game.
Eastern is doing its best to treat Washington as just another game, but that's hard to do, as my story shows. … Lots of news on the Huskies (as always), including a Seattle Times feature on speedy receiver John Ross III, and news that linebacker Travis Feeney has reclaimed his starting role. … Christian Cape of the Tacoma News Tribune has a nice feature on Eastern quarterback Vernon Adams, plus an interview with the UW defensive coordinator. … From the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, here's a better-late-than-never reprise of Montana State's loss at Arkansas State. … After getting blitzed by Stanford, the UC Davis players step down a few notches this week. … Not so for Idaho State, which has to bounce back from a loss at Utah by going to Utah State. … A close loss at Wyoming burnished the reputation of Montana's defense.
Sorry this is so late, but I just had to stay up watching the Cougs. … In happier news, here's my story on former WSU (and current Eastern Washington) wide receiver Blair Bomber. … In case you missed it, we had a lively live chat yesterday, and here is the transcript. … The Eagles host Montana Western on Saturday night, and here's all you need to know (until my own preview comes out tomorrow, of course!). …In the better-late-than-never category, here's a recap of MWU's win last week over Montana Tech. courtesy of the Dillon Tribune. … Husky receiver Kasen Williams says he's “ready to go” against Hawaii. …So is Christian Caple of the Tacoma News Tribune, who files this report from Honolulu. …Montana State isn't intimidated by FBS team Arkansas State, according to this story in the Bozeman Daiy Chronicle. That's a good thing, since four Big Sky teams got mauled last night. Cal Poly lost a relatively close one at New Mexico State, but Idaho State was whipped at Utah, Weber State was steamrolled at Arizona State, and North Dakota was routed at San Jose State.
Don't forget, it's Thursday, which means we will be chatting at noon on all things EWU sports. … Saturday's game against Montana Western offers one of the visitors a chance for a memorable homecoming. … Want more on Saturday's game? Here is the official release from the Eagles, plus the MWU football home page. … The Washington Huskies are preparing for their opener Saturday at Hawaii. The Tacoma News Tribune has more on the Dawgs, who leave this afternoon for Honolulu. … Here is the latest on Montana State, courtesy of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. … The Billings Gazette offers a look at the future of FBS vs. FCS games. … UC Davis has perhaps the toughest opening-week assignment of any Big Sky team. … I also don't envy Idaho State, which is at Utah tonight. …
The way the Eastern Washington players and coaches were talking Tuesday, you wouldn't know the Eagle were coming off a three-touchdown win last weekend. Up next: Montana Western, an NAIA school, and here's the early scoop from EWU and also from Montana Western. … One UW player offers an interesting blend of culture, as this Seattle Times story explains. The Tacoma News Tribune profiles Husky defensive back Budda Baker. … Montana has a big opener Saturday at Wyoming.
Game day is almost here, and I'm as excited as anyone. I love my job, especially when I have a chance to write feature stories on Eastern players. Ever wonder what it's like to be Vernon Adams? This morning's story offers a glimpse behind the helmet. … We had a great live chat yesterday, and here is the full transcript. … Want all the details on Saturday's EWU-Sam Houston State game? Eastern has it all right here. … The Eagles are also hosting a kickoff celebration tonight in downtown Spokane. I'll be there, but not until I interview a certain national sports radio personality (and EWU alum) who's flying into town this afternoon - look for that tomorrow, along with my game preview. Did I mention that I love this job? … Elsewhere, Montana Western has updated its football home page, but that's all for now. … The Washington Huskies get a tad more media coverage, including this Seattle Times story on the Husky freshmen. … Montana State names a kicker and punter - and it's the same guy.
Warmup question: You really know it's football season when …..? For me, it's today, when we publish our annual college section. This year, it's devoted to the players and coaches who put so much into the game. At Eastern, we chose defensive lineman Dylan Zylstra, who also is on the cover. I also have a quick look at some talking points for the upcoming Eagle season. Speaking of talking points, we'll have our weekly live chat today at noon, right here on Sportslink. In the daily section, a feature on new Sam Houston (and former Delaware) coach K.C. Keeler. Also, the Eagles will be sporting new uniforms on Saturday. … From the SHSU web site, everything you want to know about the Bearkats. … Next week's Eagle opponent, Montana Western, is a member of the NAIA Frontier Conference, which has some useful info. … Washington needs to improve its pass protection, according to this story in the Seattle Times. The Huskies have some new faces on special teams, says this article in the Tacoma News Tribune. … Montana State coach Rob Ash isn't overly concerned about his banged-up secondary. …The Montana tight ends are finding their role.
College football may start in Cheney, but your Eastern links begin here. To start, here is my story on EWU practice, plus a preview from the EWU athletic site. … Gee, Sam Houston State has a preview as well, along with a retrospective on their 2004 playoff win over the Eagles. … A UW defensive end is grateful for a second chance to play, while the Husky safeties are still locked in competition for the two starting spots. … Montana State has settled on a starting quarterback.
The Eastern Washington cornerbacks might face their toughest test of the season this morning at Roos Field. Here's my story on a talented by inexperienced group, along with a look at the entire EWU defense, courtesy of sports information director Dave Cook. … Nothing new out of Sam Houston State, but here's the Bearkats' home page. … UW coach Chris Petersen is trying to make the program friendlier, according to this story in the Seattle Times. … The Tacoma News Tribune has a blog on the Huskies. … Past struggles have made some Montana State players better, according to this story in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, which also previews today's MSU scrimmage.
As the Eastern Washington football players chase their dreams, former Eagle running back Demitrius Bronson may just realize his dream of playing in the NFL. … Back in Cheney, a quintet of quarterbacks all dream of seeing the field at one point or another. … Speaking of Eastern football, we did just that Thursday in our first live chat of the season, and here's the full transcript. … Want more EWU football news? Here's a look at the defense, courtesy of Dave Cook of EWU Sports Information. …Nothing new today out of Sam Houston State, so you'll have to settle for the SHSU home page. … Montana Western will have a scrimmage on Friday. … Slightly off-topic, Christian Caple of the Tacoma News Tribune has a story on the demise of EA Sports' college football game. … There's a battle for backup QB at Idaho State. … It's been a an ugly week off the field at Cal Poly.
Is it really just nine days till the Eastern football opener, which by the way is sold out? No matter, the Eagles' defensive line is ready, partly because of some grizzled veterans who are all of 19 years old. … Also here's an overall look at the team from Dave Cook of the EWU athletic department… And don't forget about today's live chat at spokesman.com/sportslink. … The hometown Huntsville Item offers a comprehensive look at Sam Houston State , which is giving fans an interesting way to follow the team. …How young is the Montana Western coaching staff? Here they are. … The UW linebacking corps looks especially strong, according to this story in the Seattle Times, and a former Husky head coach was in court this week.. … The Tacoma News Tribune has a feature on Husky receiver John Ross. … Montana State has a pleasant problem: a crowded backfield, and a not-so-pleasant problem at kicker.