Former Eastern Washington standout running back Taiwan Jones embraces special teams role with Houston Texans
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020
The former Eastern Washington running back was fast, slippery and a big reason the Eagles turned the corner in 2010 when they won their first national title.
Becker’s high school football team – Gridley High School in northern California – and family members confirmed on social media the 18-year-old freshman’s death.
The 2010s saw Eastern Washington’s football program thrust itself into the Football Championship Subdivision’s elite. Six playoff berths. Five semifinal appearances. Two national title games. Several future NFL and Canadian Football players and a rare, iconic red field were a big part of the run. Its men’s basketball program was competitive, too, totaling four winning seasons, three Big Sky Conference Tournament title game appearances and a ticket to the Big Dance in 2015.
There was a time when San Francisco 49ers receiver Kendrick Bourne’s hair color matched the blazing red turf of Roos Field.
Fifteen players signed letters of intent with the Eastern Washington football program Tuesday, many who generated ample interest from bigger, Football Bowl Subdivision programs.
It’s been nearly a month since Dehonta Hayes buckled a chinstrap, concluding his senior season as Eastern Washington’s leading tackler and one of the best run-stopping safeties in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Former Arizona State safety and linebacker Ely Doyle announced his commitment to EWU on Twitter on Wednesday after spending his first two seasons with the Sun Devils.
Spencer Blackburn was in elite company.
Several Eastern Washington and Idaho football players earned All-Big Sky Conference honors on Tuesday.
The Eagles, who finished 7-5 overall and 6-2 in conference play, missed the playoffs for the second time in head coach Aaron Best’s three seasons.
Eastern Washington’s steady senior class had a 27-5 record in Big Sky Conference play, advanced to the FCS national title game appeared in the 2016 FCS semifinals.
Eastern Washington’s 53-46 dispatching of Portland State was representative of its fluctuate campaign.
When Eastern Washington (6-5, 5-2 Big Sky) plays host to the Vikings (5-6, 3-4) on Saturday in a regular-season finale at Roos Field, the Eagles have a lot more to lose.