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EWU scrimmage report

I've just returned home from the Eagles' scrimmage at Roos Field, and have never been so thankful for my air conditining. As I write this, I'm picturing the players battling for position in the ice baths. ... The heat was stifling, 98 in the shade for the scrimmage, but there was no shade, and no place for the players to hide as coaches turned up the heat in what can best be described as a situational scrimmage....

The offense, with QBs Kyle Padron and Vernon Edwards running most of the plays, took 71 snaps, with mixed results. Padron was  15-for-25 for 214 and a nice 55-yard TD pass to a diving Brandon Kaufman in the end zone. Adams was 2-for-10 for 9 yards and a pick, but was unlucky with some big drops while showcasing his running ability. Anthony Vitto was 5-for-6 for 37 yards, including a 13-yard TD to Kaufman. True freshman Cooper Kupp of Yakima had a big day with six catches for 120 yards and got some rave reviews. "He's very polished," said All-American Nick Edwards. Head coach Beau Baldwin emphasized the running game, and Demitrius Bronson came through the eight rushes for 41 yards and a TD; Quincy Forte had 25 yards on six carries. Still, the defense came up with several turnovers, and while Baldwin was OK with that, he didn't like the unforced errors, including more bad snaps from center and poor handoffs from QB to RB. ...The players get Sunday off, then come back for a compressed two-a-day session on Monday - 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. The final scrimmage is Thursday at about 12:20 p.m. at Roos Field - exactly one week before the season opener at Idaho.

Jim Allen
Jim Allen joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently covers K-12 education and women's basketball.

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