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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 …


Former Central Valley standout Beau Byus ready for final season on EWU line

Beau Byus is entering his fifth and final season as an Eastern Washington University football season. But there’s just one catch.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 1, 2018, 9:55 p.m.

Ex-Eastern Washington receiver Cooper Kupp experiences rookie season of fatherhood

On July 3, nearly one month before Kupp embarked on his second pro season in Los Angeles, his wife Anna gave birth to the couple’s first child, a son they’d …


Former Eastern Washington offensive lineman Aaron Neary tries to find foothold in NFL

Neary was one of three ex-EWU players listed on the official roster when the Los Angeles Rams opened up training camp last Thursday on the UC Irvine campus.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 1, 2018, 6:24 p.m.

Eastern Washington QB Gage Gubrud named to preseason Walter Payton Award watch list

Gubrud, who totaled 9,441 yards of offense the last two seasons, is one of 25 preseason nominees. He is one of four Big Sky Conference candidates, joining UC Davis receiver …


UPDATED: Tue., July 31, 2018, 9:57 p.m.

Former Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams experiences bumpy ride in Canadian Football League

When Vernon Adams registered his fourth career start in three years Thursday for the Montreal Alouettes, one-third of the CFL’s first-string quarterbacks were pupils of ex-EWU head coach Beau Baldwin.


UPDATED: Tue., July 31, 2018, 9:11 p.m.

Gage Gubrud named to STATS FCS preseason All-American third-team

Gubrud, who is 17-6 as a starter, has totaled 9,441 yards of offense, 8,568 passing yards and was the 2016 Big Sky Conference’s offensive player of the year.


UPDATED: Mon., July 16, 2018, 10:28 p.m.

Foes become friends at Big Sky Conference media days

The Big Sky Conference’s top players know each other in name, mostly, but on Sunday and Monday in Spokane, they fraternized at the Big Sky Football Kickoff, an annual gathering …


UPDATED: Mon., July 16, 2018, 8:17 p.m.

Eastern Washington picked first in Big Sky media and coaches polls

The Eagles were picked first in the both the preseason Big Sky Conference coaches and media polls released Monday. It’s the first time the program was first in both polls …


Big Sky football coaches, players come to Spokane for season kickoff event

On Monday at the DoubleTree Spokane, the Big Sky Conference’s 13 head football coaches along with 26 players will begin answering the media’s questions at 9 a.m. The interviews will …


Former Eastern Washington football players take their games from the gridiron to the asphalt for Hoopfest

Ex-EWU football players Shaq Hill, Stu Stiles and Nick Ellison team up Saturday for Hoopfest.


UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018, 6:20 p.m.

Jim Allen: Covering Eastern Washington athletics offered plenty of memorable career moments

Perhaps it was the proverbial seven-year itch to do something different, or a chance to spend more weekends with my wife. Either way, I’m now the K-12 education reporter for …