The first day of football practice at Eastern Washington had that "just right" feel about it. Even before it started
The players were confident but not overly so, the weather was warm but not stifling, and Eagle head coach Beau Baldwin felt his team was in just the right frame of mind Wednesday afternoon on the grass fields behind Reese Court.
Even the burden of expectations is where it needs to be, coming off an 11-3 season that exceeded everyone's expectations but that of the players and coaches. There's always room for improvement, even after the Eagles were picked third in the FCS preseason coaches' poll.
In an interview before practice, Baldwin was buoyant about the upcoming season, then settled down to the nuts and bolts of what has to happen between now and the season opener on Aug. 31 at Oregon State. His young quarterback, Vernon Adams, felt the same way.
Two hours later, the Eagles had worked out some of the kindks. They'll do it again this morning at 9 a.m.