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EWU special teams seek consistency

This is the last of an eight-part look at Eastern Washington spring football: special teams.

Something special happened at Roos Field on Oct. 6, something Eastern fans hadn’t seen in 18 games: a kickoff return for an Eagle touchdown.

But Shaquille Hill’s 99-yard return against North Dakota didn’t start at the 1-yard-line; it began last spring, when head coach Beau Baldwin decided to add a cornerbacks coach, allowing assistant Jeff Schmedding more time to focus on special teams.

“I think our (kickoff return) personnel was better, but I think we did a better job with extra time, being more efficient with our time and getting things truly taught from spring on,” said Schmedding, who still coaches the Eagle safeties. The extra time also included special-teams walkthroughs before every game.

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