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The way the Eastern Washington players and coaches were talking Tuesday, you wouldn't know the Eagle were coming off…

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EWU football sees plenty of spots for improvement

The Eastern Washington football team is perfectly unsatisfied. As practice began Tuesday afternoon at Roos Field, the top-ranked Eagles were as self-critical as it gets despite a 56-35 win in Saturday’s season opener against Sam Houston State. Read more

EWU football sees plenty of spots for improvement

The Eastern Washington football team is perfectly unsatisfied. As practice began Tuesday afternoon at Roos Field, the top-ranked Eagles were as self-critical as it gets despite a 56-35 win in Saturday’s season opener against Sam Houston State. Read more

Slow-starting Eagles

Never mind the billboards: Eastern Washington football didn’t really start until the third quarter of Saturday’s season opener against Sam Houston State. After squirming for 30 minutes under the microscope of a national television audience, the top-ranked Eagles finally broke free to beat the 17th-ranked Bearkats 56-35 on Saturday afternoon at sold-out Roos Field. Read more

ESPN makes it a win-win for Eags

There’s nothing like TV to turn a town upside down. So agog were the city fathers of Cheney over the Worldwide Leader’s visit on Saturday that First Street was renamed “ESPN Avenue” for the day. Here’s hoping any mail that failed to account for this change made it to the addressees anyway, and that postgame revelers headed to Goofy’s and Wild Bill’s weren’t perpetually circling the block because the GPS went haywire. Read more

EWU notebook: Strip and pick by free safety gives Eagles needed boost

After dying by the big play in the first half, the Eastern Washington defense positively thrived by it in the third quarter against Sam Houston State. No play was bigger than free safety Tevin McDonald’s strip and pick of Bearkats quarterback Jared Johnson, a play that Eastern coach Beau Baldwin called the most important of the game. Read more

ESPN makes for a great opening day in Cheney

The EWU majority among the 10,310 witnesses at Roos Field was even more jazzed by the top-ranked Eagles’ 56-35 romp over Sam Houston State than the visit by ESPN and GameDay Lite. Sorry. FCS Kickoff. Read more

EWU outlasts Sam Houston State 56-35

Never mind the billboards: Eastern Washington football didn’t really start until the third quarter of Saturday’s season opener against Sam Houston State. Read more

Eagles, Bearkats kick off season for nation

College football starts here, all right – in the third week of August. Which means the road to the FCS national title game is that much longer for two programs who will settle for nothing less. It also means that the big picture in today’s nationally televised game between top-ranked Eastern Washington and No. 17 Sam Houston State isn’t the one on ESPN – it’s about seizing the moment, then building on it, win or lose. Says Eagles coach Beau Baldwin: “I won’t undersell that it’s just another game, but we can’t get overhyped … we have to go in loosely and just play.” Read more

ESPN’s Cowherd returns to take in EWU’s ‘wow moment’ in football

Offered a chance to be a part of a landmark football weekend at Eastern Washington University, Colin Cowherd didn’t hesitate. “It makes me proud and it makes me smile,” the national sports radio personality said of an event that combines some of his biggest passions: college football and the Northwest, especially the school in Cheney that he credits for “providing the canvas to paint my future.” Read more

College football kicks off at EWU

College football starts here, all right – in the third week of August. Which means the road to the FCS national title game is that much longer for two programs who will settle for nothing less. Read more

Cowherd visits in support of alma mater

Offered a chance to be a part of a landmark football weekend at Eastern Washington University, Colin Cowherd didn’t hesitate. “It makes me proud and it makes me smile,” the national sports radio personality said. Read more

Eastern and Big Sky links

Game day is almost here, and I'm as excited as anyone. I love my job, especially when I have…

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EWU’s undersized, underrecruited QB Vernon Adams enjoys meteoric rise

Vernon Adams wants to explain his actions: the high-stepping, the gyrating, the sudden change of direction. In other words, his dance steps during warmups before every Eastern Washington football game, when the Eagle quarterback sometimes wears headphones instead of a helmet and seemingly marches to his own playbook. Read more

EWU’s undersized, underrecruited QB Vernon Adams enjoys meteoric rise

Vernon Adams wants to explain his actions: the high-stepping, the gyrating, the sudden change of direction. Read more

Eastern football links

Warmup question: You really know it's football season when …..? For me, it's today, when we publish our annual…

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K.C. Keeler faces Texas-size rebuild at Sam Houston State

K.C. Keeler is a Texan now. He hasn’t just accepted the stereotypes, he’s embraced them, from his wife’s first trip to a gun club to his own growing midsection. Read more

EWU defensive lineman Dylan Zylstra understands the commitment needed to play college football

There are days when Dylan Zylstra asks himself, “Wouldn’t it be awesome to just go to class?” Just class, nothing else. No endless sessions in the film room, no lifting heavy plates in the weight room and the dining room. No getting knocked on his butt at practice. Read more

Story lines

Spreading the wealth Last year, the Eagles got 2,924 of their 5,247 receiving yards (or 55.7 percent) from just two players: the graduated Ashton Clark (1,233 yards and 10 touchdowns) and All-American Cooper Kupp (1,691 yards and 21 TDs). Assuming Kupp, now a redshirt sophomore, gets more attention this year from opposing defenses, it will be up to others to pick up the slack. That includes senior Cory Mitchell (47 catches, 699 yards last year) and junior Shaq Hill (38 catches, 790 yards), plus veteran Blair Bomber – all of whom can expect to line up in Eastern’s four-receiver sets. Read more

Eagles ready to adjust to new-look Sam Houston State

The best advice the Eastern Washington football players could get this week? Be yourself. To a man, the top-ranked Eagles understood that game-day adjustments may the biggest factor in who wins the season opener Saturday against Sam Houston State. Read more