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Second EWU scrimmage will emphasize depth at all positions

Eastern Washington’s second and final scrimmage probably won’t have a lot of star quality.

Come Friday morning, the Eagle second- and third-stringers will see most of the action, coach Beau Baldwin said Wednesday after morning practice at Roos Field.

“It’s going to be like most second scrimmages,” said Baldwin, who added that the only first-string players who’ll see action are those who’ve lost practice time through injury.

It’s also going to be shorter than Saturday’s 71-play affair, Baldwin said.

The scrimmage will begin at about 9:45 a.m. at Roos Field.

On Wednesday, the Eagle offense continued to work on “new wrinkles and new ideas” brought to Cheney by new passing coordinator Troy Taylor. “They’re new things brought to the table, different things where you can always look for improvement,” Baldwin said.

Friday’s scrimmage also could provide the final assessment for several true freshmen to see action this fall. Baldwin all but guaranteed that at least one true freshman running back will play. However, he lowered his estimate on total burned redshirts to between two and four.

Previously, Baldwin said that up to five or six rookies would play.

Wednesday was the last two-a-day session of fall camp, which ends with Friday’s scrimmage. After that, the Eagles will narrow their focus on the Sept. 3 opener at Washington State.

Meanwhile, the Eagles were preparing Wednesday to select team captains. An announcement is expected Thursday.

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