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Before former Eastern Washington linebacker Samson Ebukam whittled his way into the Los Angeles Rams’ first-team defense, few pundits were familiar with the Nigeria-born talent. But even after a sophomore Super Bowl season in which Ebukam totaled 36 tackles, three sacks, two touchdowns, two fumble recoveries and an interception, the 6-foot-3, 245-pouner out of Portland believes he’s still a relatively unknown commodity.
Cooper Kupp is worried about the health of his younger, stouter younger brother.
Nsimba Webster caught an inside screen pass and proceeded to bolt upfield past a host of defenders, including inside linebacker Ketner Kupp.
When asked last season about the professional football prospects of his younger brother, Los Angeles Rams receiver and former Eastern Washington star Cooper Kupp saw a potential self-made NFL linebacker.
With every yard-churning, clock-eating drive Saturday in Frisco, Texas, the Bison took away opportunities – and ultimately hope – from an erratic Eastern Washington offense working for a lead that wouldn’t come.
It was a freak play, but Ketner Kupp blames himself. The last time the Eastern Washington linebacker suited up his with now-budding NFL receiver brother, Cooper Kupp, he was on the wrong side of a pass that sent Youngstown State to the 2016 FCS national championship game.
In the Eagles’ second and final scrimmage Saturday, the defense tallied three interceptions, yielded two scoring drives and surrendered just 269 yards.
Kurt Calhoun and Ketner Kupp, a pair of Yakima-area products, combined for 139 tackles a year ago, EWU’s second-and third-leading ballstoppers. They’ve been key cogs in the Eagles’ 4-2-5 scheme.