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Eastern football links

Good morning from chilly Flagstaff, where it's 38 degrees outside, so I just hightailed it back to my hotel room to compile these links. First, here's my feature from yesterday on offensive lineman Jake Rodgers - a former Shadle Park star - and my preview of today's game. Want more? Here's the official release from EWU sports information director Dave Cook. … Eastern's next opponent, North Dakota, is still looking for a road win this year…. Apart from EWU-NAU, the biggest game is the Big Sky today pits Montana against Cal Poly; here's a preview from the Missoulian. … Portland State football is in crisis mode, according to these stories in the Oregonian.

Eastern sports links

Eastern Washington running back Mario Brown handles more than a football. Here's my feature on Brown, plus a link to yesterday's live chat. …  There's also some interesting basketball news out of Eastern. … Back to football: Here's all you need to know about Northern Colorado. …Northern Arizona faces a big test at Portland State. … Montana's defense is getting a lot of praise.

Eastern football links

The Eagles are back home this weekend, facing an improving Northern Colorado program that leads the nation in turnovers.. Here's our weekly notebook, a report from practice, and a link to today's live chat, where we can discuss all of it. …. Want more? Here's a preview of the game. courtesy of EWU sports information director Dave Cook. .. Don't have a ticket? Better make some friends. … Elsewhere, Northern Arizona is at Portland State in a game that both sides need to win. … Montana is concerned about UC Davis' improving offense. … MSU quarterback Dakota Prukop is added to the Payton watch list (what, he wasn't already?)

Eastern sports links

That's right, this morning's blog isn't confined to football. I caught up with basketball coach Jim Hayford, whose team opened practices last weekend amid a lot of optimism. … On the football front, Eastern's  next opponent, Southern Utah, also has faced a quarterback crisis the season. Those are just two items up for discussion in today's live chat at noon, right here at sportslink. …Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson will be back this week. … The Billings Gazette has an interesting analysis of changing offensive philosophies at Montana and Montana State….North Dakota has one of the most versatile players in the Big Sky.

Eastern football links

For several weeks, it will be Jordan West's football team at Eastern Washington. Here's our look at West, who will start Saturday at Southern Utah in place of the injured Vernon Adams. … We'll have a chance to discuss that and more during Thursday's live chat, but in the meantime, here's an early look at the game from EWU.

Eastern and Big Sky links

You want tough? Meet Cody McCarrthy. the starting middle linebacker at Eastern Washington and the subject of this feature story. The Eagles are at home this week against Idaho State, and here a look at the game from EWU and from ISU. We also had a live chat yesterday, and here is the replay. …How good are the Bengals? Better than in years past, according to this article in the hometown Idaho State Journal. … Southern Utah has a big game this week at Cal Poly.

Eastern football links

It's Hall of Fame weekend at Eastern Washington, but for one player, it's Homecoming - and he doesn't even play for the Eagles. Here's our story on former Ferris High star Cody Sorensen, now with the Idaho State Bengals. .. I also wrote a story on sportscasters that includes his father Paul as well as Mike Peterson, who calls Whitworth games for SWX. .. Today, look for our weekly live chat, which begins at noon. … Want more on the game? Here's a preview from Eastern and one from ISU. … The hometown Idaho State Journal offers this story on an improving Bengal defense. … Next week's EWU opponent, Southern Utah, is hoping to build some momentum this week. …Northern Colorado has a banged-up quarterback.

Eastern Game Day football links

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 football links

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!

McDonald fitting in just fine at Eastern

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.

Here's the full story:

Eastern football links

Another week, another road trip for the Eagles, who visit sunny California this week for a game with UC Davis and running back Gabe Manzanares, the subject of our weekly notes column.  We also will have a live chat today at noon - see you then. … As always, there's a wealth of info on this week's game, courtesy of Eastern sports information director Dave Cook. UC Davis also has plenty of details on Saturday night's contest, which is the Big Sky opener for both teams. … Individual honors are no consolation to Montana State running back Shawn Johnson after MSU's 52-51 loss to Eastern. … Idaho State could use a little more fan support. … Southern Utah and Weber State are both 0-4, so something has to give when they meet Saturday. …Montana is a bit banged up going into its conference opener against Northern Colorado.

Eastern football links

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. …

Eastern football notes

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.

Eastern football links

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.

Eastern Washington, the morning after

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

Q-and-A with Tacoma UW beat writer Christian Caple

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

Eastern football links

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.

UW (and Eastern) football links

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 football links

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.

Eastern football links

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.

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