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In brief: Cougars add four walk-ons to roster

WSU football: Washington State has added four new walk-ons to its football roster.

Redshirt freshman receiver Tyler Baker (Bullard, Texas/Ole Miss), freshman defensive back Beau Glover (Gig Harbor, Wash.), freshman linebacker David Johnson (Lakewood, Wash.) and freshman receiver Michael Newman (Cle Elum, Wash.)

Baker attended Mississippi as a freshman, and then transferred after redshirting.

WSU conducted a brief walkthrough on Wednesday, simulating what a typical Friday practice would entail. The Cougars are moving their simulated game-week preparations up by two days this week in anticipation for their Thursday, Aug. 30 opener at Brigham Young.

Christian Caple

EWU No. 15 in coaches poll

EWU football: Eastern Washington is ranked 15th in the first Football Championship Subdivision coaches poll of the season.

The Eagles, 6-5 last year, are one of three Big Sky Conference teams to make the Top 25. Montana State is ranked fourth and Montana 10th in the poll, which was announced Wednesday.

Defending national champion North Dakota State is ranked first. The Bison received 19 first-place votes and 640 total points. Sam Houston State, which lost to NDSU in the national title game, is second. The Bearkats earned six first-place votes and 623 total points.

Georgia Southern is ranked third with one first-place vote and 592 points. Appalachian State rounded out the top five. The Mountaineers received 504 total points. 

Montana State earned 540 points. The Bobcats have finished 7-1 in Big Sky play each of the past two seasons, advancing to the postseason. Montana State beat New Hampshire in a second-round game before falling to Sam Houston State in the quarterfinals in 2011.

Two coaches from each of the 13 FCS leagues vote weekly.

Big Sky members North Dakota, Northern Arizona, Cal Poly, Portland State and Idaho State received votes.