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I'm off to Cheney for practice and later for a live chat with special guest, athletic director Bill Chaves, but first a few links, includuing today's story on EWU special teams, specifically the kickoff return and punt return teams.And speaking of our Live Chat, it's easy to join. Just go to spokesman.com/sports link - but if youlre reading this, you're already there! On with the links:
Eastern Washington unveiled its new home football uniforms today,
The Adidas TechFit feature a 30-percent weight reduction and increased mobility and comfort, allowing players to move more freely and at a faster pace, according to Adidas.
Along with the new duds, the Eagles will wear gloves featuring EWU’s logo surrounded by the state of Washington’s outline.
I'll be back in Cheney for two-a-days today (OK, the morning session, the cooler session). To warm up, here's this morning's feature on the quarterbacks, specifically the backups, highlighting senior Anthony Vitto. … This is also a great time to put in a plug for our first Live Chat of the season tomorrow (Thursday) at noon at spokesman/com/sportslink. Joining me will be Eastern athletic director Bill Chaves. Now back to the links:
The Eagles start two-a-days today, and I'll be joining them. For the morning session only. On the sidelines, With a cold beverage. Then I'll be driving back to my air-conditioned office to write about the experience. Sorry, that's as good as it gets. Until then, here are a few links from the weekend:
So how are the 19 football players from eastern Washington doing at Eastern Washington University? Just fine, thanks. Here's my story, which stretches the word “local” all the way to the Cascades, which isn't another excuse to interview Cooper Kupp. Other Eagle opponents were busy too. Read on …
Eastern Washington center Ashton Miller discusses the prospects for the Eagles' offensive line, before practice on Wednesday, Aug. 7.
Before I head out for Day 3 of fall camp in Cheney, here's my report from Day 2, focusing on the offensive line, along with an interview with senior center Ashton Miller. There's plenty more to report from the media covering Eastern's opponents. Read on:
Eastern Washington opened fall camp, and here's my report on the always-high expectations and how the Eagles handle them. I also posted a post-practice blog that includes uncut videos of interviews with head coach Beau Baldwin and quarterback Vernon Adams. And if you're not on Twitter, you should be, since I (@srjimallen) post frequently from practice.
The first day of football practice at Eastern Washington had that “just right” feel about it. Even before it started
The players were confident but not overly so, the weather was warm but not stifling, and Eagle head coach Beau Baldwin felt his team was in just the right frame of mind Wednesday afternoon on the grass fields behind Reese Court.
One day after being named the third-ranked team in the land, the Eastern Washington football team opens practice this afternoon. In case you missed it, here is our fall camp preview, along with the results of Tuesday's FCS coaches' poll.
This is the sixth of an eight-part look at Eastern Washington spring football: the linebackers.
The questions at linebacker at Eastern Washington are already being answered, some from the back of the room.
First there’s redshirt freshman Miquiyah Zamora, last seen redshirting last fall as a defensive back but now finding a place in the middle of the field.
Then there’s Jordan Talley, the No. 3 running back last year, who’s trying out at weak outside linebacker. “Experience is all he’s lacking,” said Eagle linebackers coach Josh Fetter, who might be describing most of the eight players in the fold for spring ball. Three more will arrive this fall, and Fetter said there’s a chance for at least one to contribute immediately.
This is the fifth of an eight-part look at Eastern Washington spring football: the defensive line.
One good reason the Eastern Washington defensive line got better last November? April.
“Spring ball, I look at as a time to develop depth,” defensive line coach Ryan Sawyer said. “I’m always trying to figure out not who’s the backup, but who’s the guy after that.”
Sawyer and defensive coordinator John Graham have plenty to sort through this spring; the Eagle rosters includes 15 defensive linemen, and should be a strong group despite the loss of three starters.
The key was a deep rotation, often 10 a game, which kept the Eagles fresh late in games as well as late in the season. For the season, Eastern gave up just 74 fourth-quarter points in 13 games, or less than 6 points a contest.
“It all starts with the D-line, everything still starts with those guys,” said Baldwin, who has made the defensive line a priority in recruiting since he took over the program in 2008.
This is the third in an eight-part look at Eastern Washington spring football: the wide receivers.
Junior Adams is ready to branch out.
The Eastern Washington University wide receivers coach doesn’t have a lot of tall players this spring, but he does have guys “who can run the whole route tree.”
That includes the curls and comeback routes that may make the Eastern passing game more diversified than in the past. Departed wideouts Brandon Kaufman, Nick Edwards and Greg Herd could do it all, but excelled at the home-run ball.
“We’re hoping to add another dimension,” senior Daniel Johnson said
This is the second in an eight-part look at Eastern Washington spring football. Part Two: the quarterbacks.
Vernon Adams isn’t your little brother anymore. Last year, he was looking up - literally and figuratively - to wide receivers Brandon Kaufman, Nick Edwards and Greg Herd, as well as transfer quarterback Kyle Padron.
Adams is still 5-foot-11, but after a breakout redshirt freshman season, he’s gained a lot of stature in Cheney and in the Big Sky Conference. He battled Padron evenly through fall camp, then won the starting job in the third week of the season.
This is the first in a series of eight stories on Eastern Washington University spring football. Today: the running backs.
Kiel McDonald knows the drill. Lots of them.
During practice at Roos Field, the Eastern Washington running backs coach moves almost as fast as his players, setting up cones, obstacles and blocking dummies in rapid succession.
“It’s the nuts and bolts of what we do,” said McDonald, who’s usually one of the first coaches on the practice field. McDonald joined Beau Baldwin’s staff last spring and is still the Eagles’ most recent hire.
Not coincidentally, the Eagles’ running game took some big strides last season, almost doubling its rushing yardage from 2011 (from 869 yards to 1,729) while improving its yards-per-rush from 3.0 to 3.7.
Eastern Washington came roaring back to force overtime on Friday afternoon, but the Eagles fell in overtime to Northern Colorado at the Big Sky Conference tournament semifinal in Missoula. Read Colter Nuanez's story:
Game Day,Cheney, a chance for the Eagles to return to the national spotlight with a win today over Sam Houston State, a chance for a title game against North Dakota State that would match the last two national champions. Here's our pre-game package, including story and the keys to victory for both teams. Vince Grippi also weighed in on the Eagles with this blog. From last night, here is the story from North Dakota State's exciting win over Georgia Southern. From the Huntsville Item (Sam Houston State's hometown newspaper), here's a story from the Bearkat perspective.
The Eagles are working hard to prepare for San Houston State and tomorrow's semifinal game. In that spirit, we're continuing our two-a-day coverage with a look at the Eastern defense and a feature story on former EWU and Spokane Shock quarterback Erik Meyer, who's now a student assistant with the Eagles. We also had a live chat. Here's the transcript. From Sam Houston State's homer, er, home-town newspaper, this interesting short. Also out of Texas, another piece on Sam Houston State.