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Ewu sports chat April 23 (noon)

Read the transcript from Thursday's chat  on all things EWU sports.

Apr 23 2015, 12:00 PM

JimA: Hello, everyone, Let's talk EWU sports!

Apr 23 2015, 12:01 PM

JimA: Who's coming to the EWU spring game?

Apr 23 2015, 12:02 PM

Joemon: Hey Jim, so from what you have seen who seems to be leading the pack at QB? Gage seems to have come out of nowhere?

Apr 23 2015, 12:03 PM

JimA: Hello, Joemon: To my semi-trained eye, Gubrud has been the surprise of fall camp. Then again, he has no college experience. Good command of his throws and moves well too.

Apr 23 2015, 12:03 PM

JimA: West is the least mobile of the four, but has the strongest arm.

Apr 23 2015, 12:04 PM

JimA: I got the impression from speaking with coaches that all four will get significant snaps on Saturday.

Apr 23 2015, 12:05 PM

JimA: By the way, I've just learned that Root Sports will release its Big Sky television schedule later today. I'll pass it on when I get it.

Apr 23 2015, 12:05 PM

Joemon: I have a feeling Gubrud may just get the nod with his mobility and if he continues his improvement through the summer. From what I read he turned down a scholarship from a smaller school to prove he could play....He may have the confidence

Apr 23 2015, 12:06 PM

JimA: Gubrud definitely has confidence: see my stories for quotes from him.

Apr 23 2015, 12:06 PM

Joemon: How about the Dline, who seems to be sticking out there?

Apr 23 2015, 12:09 PM

JimA: In the middle, Sommer is a presence, along with Tiuli. On the outside, Ebukam is injured, but veteran Evan Day is competing hard despite the uncertainty over his NCAA eligibility. Keenan Williams, the 3-star DE from Cheney, also has impressed so far.

Apr 23 2015, 12:09 PM

Joemon: This may be premature but do think we have a shot at staying with Oregon? Not feeling real confident

Apr 23 2015, 12:11 PM

JimA: No at all, sorry. They're an elite program with blazing speed. Had Adams stuck around, my answer would be different, but the Ducks took EWU's top weapon and shored up their biggest weakness at the same time.

Apr 23 2015, 12:11 PM

Joemon: Any update on Ebukam and Havili injuries - Seems like we lose a few during Spring

Apr 23 2015, 12:13 PM

JimA: Ebukam's injury is minor (now I can't recall what it was!), but Havili has a knee injury that could be serious. Hopefully he's healthy come August.

Apr 23 2015, 12:14 PM

JimA: C'mon, folks, don't be shy.

Apr 23 2015, 12:15 PM

JimA: Early poll: how many regular-season games (out of 11) do the Eagles win this year?

Apr 23 2015, 12:16 PM

Joemon: I'll guess 8 but it comes down to the QB progressing. Bummer, I have to go clients waiting...thx Jim

Apr 23 2015, 12:17 PM

JimA: Thanks, Joe: I'm in the 7 to 9 range, provided a QB emerges and the new nickel defense works out.

Apr 23 2015, 12:20 PM

JimA: I believe this is a very tough schedule. The Oregon game is out of reach, Northern Iowa is very tough and home, and game 3 is against a Montana State team that I believe has the top offense in the Big Sky. Also Cal Poly is back on the schedule, and they may be the top preseason pick. And of course, the Eagles have to play in Missoula this year.

Apr 23 2015, 12:20 PM

JimA: I will stick with a prediction of 8 wins.

Apr 23 2015, 12:21 PM

JimA: We also could talk hoops, if you're so inclined.

Apr 23 2015, 12:25 PM

JimA: Also, the priority season ticket deadline for football is April 30.

Apr 23 2015, 12:28 PM

JimA: If you're looking for updates on EWU football, be sure to visit this website:

Apr 23 2015, 12:29 PM

JimA: No more questions? If not, I'll end the session early....

Apr 23 2015, 12:45 PM

nick: how is the team looking this year

Apr 23 2015, 12:46 PM

JimA: solid, good for 7 to 9 wins, in my opionion.

Apr 23 2015, 12:49 PM

nickelcan we make it to the playoffs also can we beat ndstate

Apr 23 2015, 12:49 PM

JimA: playoffs, yes. Beating NDSU is another matter.

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

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