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Raiders nab EWU’s Jones in 4th round

The Oakland Raiders selected former EWU running back Taiwan Jones in the fourth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.  You can read the press release put out by Eastern's sports info folks here.  I've got a call in to Taiwan, hoping for some comments from him, and will post a link to the story that will appear in Sunday's S-R. 

Taiwan in wait-and-see Draft mode

I got  a few minutes on the phone today with former EWU All-American running back Taiwan
Jones, who is waiting to learn his NFL Draft status after opting to forego his senior season as an Eagle and make a big-time paycheck

You can get an early look at the story that will appear in Thursday morning's S-R here.

Eagles, NFL make Jones decision easier

Running back Taiwan Jones got good news from the NFL and the blessings of his teammates, which made it easier for him to leave Eastern Washington with a year of eligibility remaining.

Jones was in California Saturday morning with his agent, but it wasn't the one who thought he was going to land Jones.

Click here for the story.

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’s Jones to enter NFL draft

Eastern Washington star running back Taiwan Jones has hired an agent and will enter the NFL Draft.

Judging from the follow-up to Eastern Washington's FCS national championship last week, the news is shocking. Check out the Taiwan Jones slide show here.

Eags tied at haltime, thanks to Taiwan Jones

Defense is little more than a rumor at Roos Field on Saturday as Eastern Washington and Southeast Missouri State play to a 17-17 first-half tie in their second-round Football Championship Subdivision playoff battle.

The two team have 447 yards, with Eastern’s Taiwan Jones having already rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries.

SEMO tailback Henry Harris has 109 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries, but Redhawks’ biggest play of the first half was Joshua Jackson’s 10-yard interception return off a poorly thrown pass by EWU’s Bo Levi Mitchell deep in Eagles’ end.

Southeast Missouri, which came in averaging just four penalties a game, has been flagged seven times for 81 yards, while Eastern has yet to be penalized.



Dyslexia almost derailed Jones’ football dream

Becasue of his learning disability, Taiwan Jones fell off the recruiting radar of the big-name football schools.  But the junior running back has found a stage on which to perform at Eastern Washington University — and he’s getting by in the classroom, as well.

You can read the feature story on Jones that appeared in Thursday morning’s S-R here.  And I’ve included some links to other stories related to Eastern’s second-round FCS playoff matchup against Southeast Missouri Sate at Roos Field below.

Read on, and be sure to check back tomorrow to learn more about SEMO’s junior quarterback Matt Scheible.

Eags rake in honors following win over Montana

Eastern Washington University running back Taiwan Jones and strong safety Matt Johnson were honored as players of the week by the Big Sky Conference following Saturday’s 36-27 upset of Montana.

You can read the story that appeared in Tuesday morning’s S-R here, and you can access the story EWU’s sport information department posted on the awards here

Jones latest Eagle to be honored

Eastern Washington’s sophomore running back Taiwain Jones is the latest Eagle to receive FCS all-American accolades. You can read more here.