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EWU - one week to go

When the Eastern players close practice, the chant is always the same: "8/30" That's the date of the season opener at Idaho, now just a week away. But this is 8/23 (happy birthday to my wife and son!), so everyone is still getting ready for the season, including the Vandals - here's a short report on the Vandals' running game.

Meanwhile, here's two stories in one: the first FCS coaches' poll of the year (EWU is ranked 15th), plus a short item on walk-ons at Washington State. In the Missoulian, here's a story on the Grizzlies' defensive line, The Billings Gazette ranks the top 10 Big Sky quarterbacks, and at the top of the list is a guy who's new to the conference (you get one guess). ...The Bozeman Chronicle takes a look at Montana State's defensive line, Out of San Luis Obispo, here's a great story on a quarterback turned slot receiver.

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

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