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EWU football expects continued succes despite losing 11 starters

At Eastern Washington, they don’t call it rebuilding any more – even with 11 starters to replace, even with big holes to fill at cornerback and on the interior offensive line and even with two new assistants to break in. Winning back-to-back Big Sky Conference titles will do that for you, Eagles football coach Beau Baldwin said as his program enters spring ball on Friday with a view toward solidifying its position among the top programs in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Eagles focus on taking care of ball vs. Towson

The Eastern Washington offensive players and coaches saw nothing but opportunity Tuesday afternoon. Some talked about “taking a trip to Texas” next month, but mostly the Eagles talked about taking care of the ball and the Towson defense in Saturday’s FCS semifinal game at Roos Field.

Eagles focus on taking care of ball vs. Towson

The Eastern Washington offensive players and coaches saw nothing but opportunity Tuesday afternoon. Some talked about “taking a trip to Texas” next month, but mostly the Eagles talked about taking care of the ball and the Towson defense in Saturday’s FCS semifinal game at Roos Field. Do that, and the rest will take care of itself.

Eastern’s Cooper Kupp top freshman in FCS

Perhaps Cooper Kupp was just making up for lost time. After going almost two years without playing a game, the Eastern Washington wide receiver burst onto the scene this year with a performance that almost guaranteed the inevitable Monday night: Kupp was named the top freshman in the Football Championship Subdivision by the most lopsided vote in the three-year history of the Jerry Rice Award.

Eagles Adams, Kupp up for national awards tonight

Winning is its own reward, but Eastern quarterback Vernon Adams and receiver Cooper Kupp have a chance for a little more tonight. Adams is one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award – the Football Championship Subdivision equivalent of the Heisman Trophy – while Kupp is in the running for the Jerry Rice Award given to the top freshman in FCS.

Eastern moves on to FCS semifinals

Quincy Forte rushed for 190 yards and two touchdowns and Eastern Washington pulled away from Jacksonville State in the second half for a 35-24 victory Saturday in the Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals.

Forte, Eagles run past Jackrabbits 41-17

Taking what they were given, the Eagles finally grabbed everything in sight Saturday afternoon. After a slow start, Eastern Washington tore several pages out of the South Dakota State playbook, then tore apart the Jackrabbits 41-17 in a second-round FCS playoff game at chilly Roos Field.

EWU’s Adams finalist for Walter Payton Award

Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams is one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award given to the top player in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, The Sports Network announced Tuesday. Adams, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois and running back Terrance West of Towson have been invited to the awards banquet, which will be held in Philadelphia on Dec. 16.

EWU’s Adams finalist for Walter Payton Award

Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams is one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award given to the top player in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, The Sports Network announced Tuesday.

Vernon Adams named Big Sky MVP

The Eastern Washington University football team picked up some more hardware on Tuesday. Sophomore quarterback Vernon Adams was voted as the offensive MVP, while wide receiver Cooper Kupp became the recipient of the first freshman of the year honor, the league announced three days after the Eagles won an undisputed conference championship.

Big Sky honors Eagles QB again

College football: In what could be a prelude to the Big Sky Conference and national awards, Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams was named the Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week following his record-setting performance in the regular-season finale against Portland State. The sophomore had five touchdown passes against PSU on Roos Field, including the game-winner with 31 seconds left. Adams broke Big Sky season records for total offense and touchdown passes, completing 34 of 56 passes for 457 yards.

EWU notebook: Vitto steps in, up with family in stands

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Between postgame snapshots with family and friends, Eastern Washington senior quarterback Anthony Vitto tried to look at the big picture. That includes the legacy of this year’s senior class, which clinched yet another Big Sky Confererence football championship with a 35-22 win over Cal Poly on Saturday afternoon.

Adams amasses offensive honors

College football: Eastern Washington sophomore quarterback Vernon Adams raked in the awards on Monday after his near-perfect performance against Montana State on Roos Field on Saturday. Adams was selected as the offensive player of the week by The Sports Network, the Big Sky Conference, College Sports Madness, Beyond Sports Network and College Football Performance Awards. The Big Sky honor was his third this season and fifth of his career.

Eagles beat Montana State

Vernon Adams threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score as Eastern Washington defeated Montana State 54-29 on Saturday to take a major step toward the Big Sky Conference championship.

Adams tosses 5 TD passes in EWU win

Good defense was its own reward Saturday afternoon at Roos Field. Eastern Washington cruised to a 43-14 non-conference win over Western Oregon thanks partly to a big first quarter by the offense, but mostly by a defense that felt it had plenty to prove even after one of the biggest wins in school history.

Breakthrough

The game of football is slowing down for Vernon Adams. The other stuff? That’s moving at warp speed, much as the Eastern Washington quarterback did in Saturday’s 49-46 win over Oregon State.

Eagles enriched in couple of ways

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Please, no more body-bag games. They’re just too painful to watch, especially if you also have to pony up $450,000 to have your defense embarrassed by a lower-division team. Body-bag games. That’s what an Oregonian columnist labeled Eastern Washington’s contest last weekend against 25th-ranked Oregon State. As if there weren’t already enough chips on their collective shoulder pads, the Eastern Washington players took exception at having their game likened to the mismatch being played down the road between Nicholls State and third-ranked Oregon.