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Eags’ Nichols joins Sherritt as all-American

Eastern Washington’s senior quarterback Matt Nichols has joined teammate J.C. Sherritt, a junior linebacker, as a member of the AFCA’s All-America team.  You can read more from EWU here and get additional details on the 25-man team — which includes Montana’s senior offensive  lineman and former Rogers High School standout Levi Horn — here.

And those of you wanting to follow Big Sky Conference rival Montana’s drive toward another FCS national championship can get updates from the BSC office here, and more from UM’s sports information department here.

Finding next QB is Eagles’ top priority

We ran a year-ender story on Eastern Washington’s football program in the S-R this morning, and Eagles coach Beau Baldwin made it clear that finding his next starting quarterback is his top priority heading into the offseason.

You can access the S-R story here, and feel free to leave any comments you might have about what you feel are EWU’s most pressing issues that must be solved prior to the start of the 2010 season.

Eags’ QB fourth in Payton voting

Matt Nichols won’t be among the three finalists attending Thursday night’s The Sports Network’s Award Banquet in Chattanooga, Tenn., where the 2009 Walter Payton Award winner will be announced.

But Eastern Washington’s record-breaking senior quarterback can take some satisfaction in knowing he finished fourth in this year’s voting for the Football Championship Subdivision’s player-of-the-year award.

You can read more on Nichols and the splendid season he recently completed on this link to EWU’s athletic department website, and check out what the Big Sky Conference office published about the Payton voting here.



NIchols comes up big in Eagles win over SUU

Senior quarterback Matt Nichols had another record-setting performance on Saturday as Eastern Washington’s football team kept its postseason hopes alive with a non-conference road win over Southern Utah.

You can get more details here from the game story supplied by EWU’s sports information department.  And don’t hesitate to leave any thoughts you might have on Saturday’s win and the Eagles chances in next weekend’s Big Sky Conference and regular-season finale at Northern Arizona. 

Reactions vary on decision to lift EWU’s postseason ban

I’ve been chasing comments on the NCAA’s decision to lift its postseason ban on Eastern Washington University’s football program all day and, for the most part, fans seemed jazzed.

But coaches and players have taken a much more subdued approach to the news, realizing there is a lot of work still left to do on the football field in order to make the NCAA’s latest ruling meaningful.

I’ve included an unedited version of the sidebar story on their reaction that will appear in Wednesday morning’s S-R, along with some links to related stories.

Read on, and please feel free to leave any thoughts you might have on the NCAA’s decision, or the players’ reactions, right here.



Eagles move Brown to defense

Brynsen Brown, a three-year letterwinner as a wide receiver on Eastern Washington University’s football team, has been moved to the Eagles’ defensive line.


I didn’t get a chance to talk to Brown about the position change, but Eastern coach Beau Baldwin said he is catching on quickly.

You can check below for an unedited version of the short story that will appear in Friday morning’s S-R, along with a feature on the strong friendship that has been formed between Eagles quarterback Matt Nichols and his favorite target, wideout Aaron Boyce.

Wolves first test for Eagles

Eastern Washington University will open it’s 2009 football season against Western Oregon, an NCAA Division II school based in Monmouth, Ore., at Woodward Field on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 12:05 p.m.

Due to the shrinking news hole in The Spokesman-Review, we will not be running detailed game advances on Eastern, Idaho or Whitworth on Saturdays this fall.  Those advances will be replaced by short, overviews that will run as part of our new scaled-down GameDay page.  So, rather than give you blog readers a early read of Eastern’s overview, I will attemt to post a more in-depth weekly look at the Eagles upcoming game and opponent.

Read on, and please feel free to leave any thoughts you might have on Eastern right here.



Eags’ first workout sloppy, but spirited

Eastern Washington staged its first full practice of fall camp Friday afternoon, running through a two-workout without pads.  You can read the story about the practice session that ran in this morning’s S-R here.

And you can read on for additional information, including a suprise appearance by last year’s FCS Buck Buchanan Award winner Greg Peach.

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