As I write this, the Eastern players are probably still alseep in their beds in Moscow. I'll be heading down in a few hours myself, very excited to cover my first college football game in 29 years. Tonight, while correspondent Josh Wright writes the main game story, I'll cover the EWU perspective, with postgame reaction from Eastern players and coaches. I also plan to send frequent updates via Twitter. In the meantime, here are a few notes about tonight's contest, including quotes from head coach Beau Baldwin that didn't run in this morning's paper:
“What’s going to be a our biggest goal is not the playing perfect scheme," Baldwin said. Our biggest goal is to play with an urgency, to play harder and with more tempo.”
Baldwin says preparation for an opening game is different, expecially with the Vandals promoting former Washington State quarterback Jason Gesser to offensive coordinator. “It’s kind of a unique year, with the coaching (coordinator) change."
And no matter who quarterbacks the Vandals tonight, Baldwin feels confident in a veteran Eagle secondary.
“It's a pretty veteran crew. There’s not a lot of stuff that’s going to shock them. Our two starting safeties (senior Jeff Minnerly and junior Allen Brown) are like quarterbacks back there.”
Baldwin said he's impressed with the Idaho defense, especially cornerback Aaron Grymes, "who makes a lot of great plays and he’s a marquee-type player. It allows them to do more up front.”
Speaking of which, Baldwin says "It's a good line. They have less experience, but there’s obviously a lot of talent there or they wouldn’t be playing at Idaho."