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Eagles’ hope to get ground game going

Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin insists their are several factors involved in the Eagles anemic rushing numbers so far this season.

You can read more in this story that ran in Wednesday morning's S-R, and you check out what columnist John Blanchette has to say about the Eagles road-heavy early season schedule here.

Top-ranked Eags humbled by Coyotes

Eastern Washington's football fortunes took another hit in Vermillion, S.D. on Saturday when the top-ranked Eagles suffered a 30-17 upset loss to the University of South Dakota.

You can read the game story that ran in Sunday's S-R here; you can access the post-game report that was posted by EWU's sports information office here;  you can check out what  USD's sports info folks posted about the game here, and you can take a look at the game story that ran in Sunday's Sioux Falls Argus Leader here



South Dakota next up for Eags

Eastern Washington, still ranked No. 1 among FCS schools ventures to Vermillion, S.D., to take on South Dakota in the first of three road games to open the season.

Coach Beau Baldwin is looking for a physical battle against the Coyotes, and you can read more on what he expects in this game advance that will run in Saturday morning's S-R.

Eags rest starters is Saturday scrimmage

Eastern Washington head coach Beau Baldwin gave his starters the day off on Saturday and scrimmaged with second-  and third-stringers.  But he still found plenty to like about the performance of his younger players.

You can get an early look at the scrimmage story that will appear in Sunday morning's S-R here, and you can see what EWU's sports information department posted about the final scrimmage of fall camp here.

Be sure to check back next week for more details, features and thoughts on the Eagles season opener against Washington next Saturday.  And feel free to leave any thoughts you might have about how EWU might fare in its attempt to defend the national championship it won last year.

EWU prepares to defend national title

Eastern Washington University will open fall camp on Wednesday, and seems to be handling the added pressure of trying to defend the NCAA Division I football championship it won last season.  You can read the pre-camp story that ran in Tuesday morning's S-R here,  and check out a few additional thoughts and comments below — along with some links to other preseason stories about the Eagles.

Read on, and be sure to check back for an update following Wednesday's first fall practice.

Eags still looking for backup QB

Eastern Washington held its second scrimmage of the spring on Saturday and Coach Beau Baldwin liked the way several players are competing for several key positions — including that of backup quarterback .  You can read the scrimmage story that appeared in Sunday's S-R here, and you see what EWU's sports information department posted about the scrimmage here.


EWU transfer Bronson impresses

I talked with Coach Beau Baldwin and several of his players — including University of Washington transfer running back Demitrius Bronson — on Tuesday afternoon, just before Eastern Washington went through its first spring practice in full pads.

Bronson was eager to start contact work in an effort to become the Eagles' starting running back. But from Baldwin and quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell had to say, the stocky 5-foot-10, 235-pounder from Kent has already raised a few eyebrows.

You can read more here.

Eagles to pad up this afternoon

The Eastern Washington Eagles will  practice in pads for the first time this spring on Tuesday afternoon.  I will be heading to Cheney to take in at least part of the practice session, which starts at 4 p.m. I am looking forward to getting my first look at running back Demitrius Bronson, the Eagles' sophomore-to-be, who just transferred from the Univesity of Washington.

Check back for an early look at the practice story that will run in Wednesday morning's S-R, and also check out this story about EWU coach Beau Baldwin's and his preparations to throw out the first pitch at Safeco Field in Seattle, prior to the Mariners' game against the Cleveland Indians  on Saturday night.


Eags gearing up for spring football

Eastern Washington, coming off its run to a national championship last fall, will start spring football drills on Friday, April 1.  You can get more details, including a tentative schedule of practices and scrimmages, here.

Eagles get selective with 2011 recruiting class

Beau Baldwin, the third-year head coach of Eastern Washington University's NCAA Division I national champion football team, announced the signing of 20 high school recruits to letters of intent on Wednesday.

You can get an early look at the Eagles' recruiting story that will run in Thursday morning's S-R here, and you get additional details — including short bios on all signees — supplied by EWU's sports information department by clicking here.

EWU star headed to NFL

Star running back Taiwan Jones (above) was a cheerleader as Eastern Washington won the FCS championship last weekend. That may have also played a role in his decision to leave school and submit his papers to be eligible for the NFL draft. He was expected to sign with an agent Friday night.

Eagle coach Beau Baldwin is thankful for three seasons with Jones; a draft expect said the Eagle star is likely a late round pick in the NFL draft.

EWU seniors: Small numbers, big results

Though small in numbers and big-name stars, the senior class on this year's Eastern Washington University has lead the Eagles to new heights.

You can read Sunday's S-R feature story on the remaining members of EWU's 2006 recruiting class that will play its final game in Friday's NCAA Division I Championship in Frisco, Texas, here.  And you can see the notes on the upcoming title game that were posted by Eastern's sports information department here.

In addition, I've included this link what the Big Sky Conference website has on Friday's FCS playoff finale.

PM Headlines — 12.10.10

Eastern Washington football coach Beau Baldwin congratulates Mario Brown after his fourth-quarter TD in last week’s playoff win against Southeast Missouri State. Baldwin was only 11 years old when his father died unexpectedly of a major heart attack. Now, he’s poised to lead his No. 1-ranked Eagles against North Dakota State at Roos Field Saturday in the I-AA quarterfinals. Steve Bergum tells the remarkable story of the EWU coach here.