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UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 5:21 p.m.

Eastern Washington ready for Central Washington’s strong running game

There’s a glaring disparity in scholarships, depth, resources and, at many positions, talent between the Eastern Washington and Central Washington football programs.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 9:13 p.m.

Eastern Washington notebook: Aaron Best expects another pesky, talented Central Washington team Saturday

Eastern Washington head coach Aaron Best still shakes his head when recalling the play. Three months before EWU captured the program’s first national title in 2010, the Eagles edged NCAA …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 6:39 p.m.

Big Sky picks: Eastern Washington, Southern Utah should have success in season openers

Week 1 predictions for Big Sky Conference football teams.


Action flick: High-powered Eastern Washington has eyes set on a January trip north of Dallas for FCS title game

With one of its most experienced and talent-stocked rosters in recent history, Eastern Washington has no intention of letting the FCS Playoff Committee dictate its postseason fate.


Block buster: Back from injury, Eastern Washington’s Jay-Tee Tiuli ready to wreak havoc in Big Sky backfields

Over the last four years, Jay-Tee Tiuli, a preseason All-American, has bullied centers, guards and ballcarriers with his ferocity, size and off-the-ball speed. He’s establishing himself as one of the …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018, 10:52 p.m.

Central Washington quarterback Reilly Hennessey ready to face his old squad in season opener at Eastern Washington

Reilly Hennessey respected the decision, but he didn’t like it. Before the strong-armed Central Washington quarterback guided the Wildcats to a 11-0 regular season last fall, he spent two years …


Eastern Washington kicker Roldan Alcobendas named to preseason watch list

Eastern Washington kicker Roldan Alcobendas was named to the Fred Mitchell Award watch list, an honor given to the nation’s top collegiate place-kicker among FCS, NCAA II, III, NAIA and …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 26, 2018, 7:12 p.m.

Eastern Washington offensive lineman Matt Meyer charged with DUI

Meyer had a blood-alcohol level of .108, according to WSP. He was detained and charged with speeding and misdemeanor DUI, but wasn’t booked into jail.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 26, 2018, 8:41 a.m.

With starters mostly out, Eastern Washington’s defense shines in second scrimmage

In the Eagles’ second and final scrimmage Saturday, the defense tallied three interceptions, yielded two scoring drives and surrendered just 269 yards.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018, 11:13 p.m.

Eleven on Eleven: taking a look at the toughest players Eastern Washington will face this season

Here are 11 individuals that could pose the most trouble for EWU.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 9:35 p.m.

Eastern Washington football’s special teams vie to build off success

Roldan Alcobendas, the Eagles’ kickoff and place-kicker the last three seasons, hopes for similar results. He’ll be punting this fall, too.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 5:49 p.m.

Mitch Fettig leads backside of Eastern Washington’s secondary

For the last three years, Mitch Fettig, a 6-foot, 175-pound senior, has been a key cog in the Eagles’ 4-2-5 defense, leading the team in tackles last season (92) and …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 10:31 p.m.

Tough times reshaped Eastern Washington’s defensive line

The return of Jay-Tee Tiuli, a preseason All-American, along with five starters and 10 letterwinners has this group expecting a dramatic improvement.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 18, 2018, 9:41 p.m.

Eastern Washington’s first scrimmage displays ‘good, bad and ugly’

Of Eastern Washington’s 16 scripted and situational drives Saturday at Roos Field, just two resulted in the offense – first-, second- and third-team units – reaching the end zone.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 17, 2018, 9:59 p.m.

Eastern Washington receivers looking for more in 2018

All-American quarterback Gage Gubrud has witnessed the growth of his top targets.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 16, 2018, 9:04 p.m.

Antoine Custer and Sam McPherson lead ‘scary’ group of Eastern Washington running backs

Increased carries coupled with the return of proven ballcarriers Antoine Custer and Sam McPherson could end the 1,000-yard-back drought this fall.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 10:15 p.m.

Run-game improvement a priority among Eastern Washington’s deep group at offensive line

His coaching career in its genesis, 26-year-old Eastern Washington offensive line coach Jase Butorac has already lived a charmed life at the position.


Bills claim former EWU defensive lineman Albert Havili

The Buffalo Bills have claimed defensive lineman Albert Havili off waivers, and also signed fullback Sam Rogers. Havili was claimed a day after he was waived by the Los Angeles …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 4:16 p.m.

Eastern Washington football stocked with talent, experience at linebacker

Kurt Calhoun and Ketner Kupp, a pair of Yakima-area products, combined for 139 tackles a year ago, EWU’s second-and third-leading ballstoppers. They’ve been key cogs in the Eagles’ 4-2-5 scheme.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 14, 2018, 11:42 a.m.

Eastern Washington ranked No. 7 in AFCA preseason poll

The Eagles are a spot ahead of Big Sky Conference rival Weber State, the poll’s eighth-ranked team. Montana is No. 25, and Northern Arizona, Idaho and Southern Utah received votes.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 8:59 p.m.

Several of Eastern Washington’s top players are back stronger after injury-plagued 2017

“Injuries are part of the game. You can’t control them. You can try to minimize them with a lot of different variables, but you can’t avoid them,” Best said. “There …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 6:25 p.m.

Eastern Washington’s Jay-Tee Tiuli lone FCS player on Polynesian Player of the Year watch list

All but one of the 50 players on the Polynesian College Football Player Of The Year watch list are playing at the FBS level, the majority from Power 5 programs. …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 8:46 p.m.

Eastern Washington, Idaho land three players apiece on Phil Steel Preseason All-America Teams

National accolades are beginning to pile up for Eastern Washington and Idaho’s top players.


Lynn Hickey working to both chip away Eastern Washington athletic department’s debt and elevate its status

In USA Today’s annual fiscal report of NCAA Division I schools published last month, EWU ranked ranked 175th out of 230 for the 2016-2017 year. The department had $14,797,340 in …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018, 9:42 p.m.

Second year could be big for Eastern Washington offensive coordinator Bodie Reeder

Bodie Reeder, an offensive coordinator who was given the keys to Eastern Washington’s offense after head coach Beau Baldwin took the OC job at California, called the shots for a …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 8, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

Eastern Washington corners hungry for interceptions after totaling six in 2017

For senior corner Josh Lewis, who came down with three of the team’s six picks a year ago, takeaways have been a point of emphasis.


Redshirt freshmen earning first-team reps on senior-heavy Eastern Washington squad

Few rookies are expected to carve out substantial roles this fall, but a trio of redshirt freshmen – receiver Andrew Boston, defensive end Mitchell Johnson and offensive tackle Matt Shook …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018, 10:59 p.m.

Eric Barriere’s progression as backup QB a great sign for Eastern Washington

Considering the damage Eastern Washington quarterback Gage Gubrud inflicted the last two seasons, Year 3 could be nightmarish for opposing secondaries. But even if it isn’t, this much is certain: …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018, 2:54 a.m.

Eastern Washington offense shines in first full-team practice

As high-powered as Eastern Washington’s offense has been, its defense is often ahead of the curve in early August.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 3, 2018, 6:45 p.m.

Five questions heading into camp: Eastern Washington Eagles

Big Sky Conference preseason favorite Eastern Washington opens camp Sunday with 17 returning starters – nine on offense, eight on defense – including one of the top quarterbacks in the …