August 24, 2010

Eagles Scrimmage Wednesday on Practice Fields

Hopes for an early appearance on new Red Turf put off until Friday

It’s close, just not close enough.

Eastern Washington University’s Red Turf Project is nearly complete, but the Sprinturf installation crew needs a few more days to finish the project and, as a result, Eastern’s football scrimmage on Wednesday (Aug. 25) will take place on the EWU Sports and Recreation Center practice fields as originally scheduled.

The scrimmage will begin at approximately 3:30 p.m. as Eastern continues its preparations for its season opener Sept. 2 at Nevada. After taking Thursday off, Eastern is planning to practice on the red turf for the first time on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m.

The project is still a week ahead of schedule, with the projected completion date originally listed as Sept. 3. The inaugural game on the red turf takes place Sept. 18 versus Montana, scheduled to start at 4:05 p.m. Pacific time. A dedication and open house is being planned for Thursday, Sept. 16 starting at 3:15 p.m.

The project began on June 14 with the start of excavation work. At the open house, the field will be officially be re-named Roos Field in appreciation of the $500,000 pledge made by Michael and Katherine Roos toward the project.

 

More Preseason Accolades for Team and Trio of Players . . .

The preseason honors for the Eastern football team and several individuals continue to stream in as the NCAA Football Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ poll and the College Sporting News Preseason FCS All-America squad were released on Monday (Aug. 23).

Eastern is ranked 14th in the coaches’ poll, while Montana is picked second behind defending national champion Villanova of the Colonial Athletic Association. The Sports Network/Fathead.com preseason top 25 poll of media and sports information members had selected EWU 13th and Montana second when it was released on Aug. 16.

Other Big Sky schools in the coaches’ poll include Weber State (No. 18), Northern Arizona (No. 23) and Montana State (No. 24). The poll includes two voting coaches from each of the 14 FCS conferences.

The College Sporting News honored senior linebacker J.C. Sherritt (first team), junior running back Taiwan Jones (first team) and junior defensive lineman Renard Williams (second team) on its preseason All-America team.

Sherritt, a 2006 graduate of Pullman (Wash.) High School, averaged 14.17 tackles per game as a junior in 2009 to lead FCS. His 170 total tackles were Big Sky Conference and school records. He finished second in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award a year ago after earning a clean sweep as a member of all six post-season All-America teams.

Jones, who averaged an impressive 7.5 yards per carry as a sophomore, is the top player from the offense returning after a 1,213-yard season helped him earn All-America honors. Jones started and ended his season with a 100-yard game, finishing with a total of six for the season to earn first team All-Big Sky Conference honors and a pair of third team All-America accolades. Jones, who is from Antioch, Calif., and graduated from Deer Valley High School in 2007, ranked in the top 10 in FCS in rushing (ninth, 101.1 per game), scoring (sixth, 9.50 per game) and all-purpose yards per game (second, 195.4).

Williams had 35 tackles as a sophomore, including 9 1/2 sacks and 16 total tackles for loss. He is a 2007 graduate of South Kitsap High School and is from Port Orchard, Wash.

 

2010 Preseason Rankings . . .

The Sports Network (preseason): 1. Villanova; 2. Montana; 13. Eastern Washington; 19. Weber State; 24. Montana State; 28. Northern Arizona.

FCS Coaches’ Poll (preseason): 1. Villanova; 2. Montana; 14. Eastern Washington; 18. Weber State 23; Northern Arizona; 24. Montana State.

Athlon (preseason): 1. Villanova;4.Montana; 12. Eastern Washington; 18. Montana State. 

Lindy's Football Preview (preseason): 1. Villanova; 4. Montana; 15. Montana State; 17. Eastern Washington.

The Sporting News (preseason): 1. Villanova; 2. Montana; 12. Montana State; 21. Eastern Washington.

Phil Steele's Football (preseason): 1. William & Mary; 4. Montana; 9. Northern Arizona; 16. Weber State; 20. Montana State.

Any Given Saturday (preseason): 1. Villanova; 2. Montana; 14. Eastern Washington; 18. Weber State; 22. Montana State; 28. Northern Arizona.

 

Eastern Washington University Football Preseason Honors . . .

Walter Payton Award Watch List (20 players)
#22 - Taiwan Jones - RB - 6-1 - 200 - Jr. - 2L* - Antioch, Calif. (Deer Valley HS ’07)

Buck Buchanan Award Watch List (20 players)
#4 - J.C. Sherritt - LB - 5-10 - 220 - Sr. - 3L* - Pullman, Wash. (Pullman HS ’06)

The Sports Network Preseason All-America First Team
#22 - Taiwan Jones - RB - 6-1 - 200 - Jr. - 2L* - Antioch, Calif. (Deer Valley HS ’07)
#4 - J.C. Sherritt - LB - 5-10 - 220 - Sr. - 3L* - Pullman, Wash. (Pullman HS ’06)

College Sporting News Preseason All-America First Team
#22 - Taiwan Jones - RB - 6-1 - 200 - Jr. - 2L* - Antioch, Calif. (Deer Valley HS ’07)
#4 - J.C. Sherritt - LB - 5-10 - 220 - Sr. - 3L* - Pullman, Wash. (Pullman HS ’06)

Phil Steele College Football Preview Magazine Preseason All-America First Team
#22 - Taiwan Jones - RB - 6-1 - 200 - Jr. - 2L* - Antioch, Calif. (Deer Valley HS ’07)
#4 - J.C. Sherritt - LB - 5-10 - 220 - Sr. - 3L* - Pullman, Wash. (Pullman HS ’06)

Consensus Draft Services Preseason All-America First Team
#22 - Taiwan Jones - RB - 6-1 - 200 - Jr. - 2L* - Antioch, Calif. (Deer Valley HS ’07)
#4 - J.C. Sherritt - LB - 5-10 - 220 - Sr. - 3L* - Pullman, Wash. (Pullman HS ’06)

The Sports Network Preseason All-America Second Team
#98 - Renard Williams - DL - 6-2 - 300 - Jr. - 2L* - Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS ’07)

College Sporting News Preseason All-America Second Team
#98 - Renard Williams - DL - 6-2 - 300 - Jr. - 2L* - Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS ’07)

Phil Steele College Football Preview Magazine Preseason All-America Second Team
#98 - Renard Williams - DL - 6-2 - 300 - Jr. - 2L* - Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS ’07)

Consensus Draft Services Preseason All-America Honorable Mention
#98 - Renard Williams - DL - 6-2 - 300 - Jr. - 2L* - Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS ’07)

Big Sky Conference Preseason Team
#22 - Taiwan Jones - RB - 6-1 - 200 - Jr. - 2L* - Antioch, Calif. (Deer Valley HS ’07)
#4 - J.C. Sherritt - LB - 5-10 - 220 - Sr. - 3L* - Pullman, Wash. (Pullman HS ’06)
#98 - Renard Williams - DL - 6-2 - 300 - Jr. - 2L* - Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS ’07)

Phil Steele College Football Preview Magazine Preseason All-Big Sky Conference First Team
#22 - Taiwan Jones - RB - 6-1 - 200 - Jr. - 2L* - Antioch, Calif. (Deer Valley HS ’07)
#4 - J.C. Sherritt - LB - 5-10 - 220 - Sr. - 3L* - Pullman, Wash. (Pullman HS ’06)
#98 - Renard Williams - DL - 6-2 - 300 - Jr. - 2L* - Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS ’07)

Phil Steele College Football Preview Magazine Preseason All-Big Sky Conference Second Team
#5 - Matt Johnson - DB - 6-1 - 205 - Jr. - 2L* - Tumwater, Wash. (Tumwater HS ’07)
#79 - Brice Leahy - OL - 6-7 - 295 - Sr. - 2L* - Gig Harbor, Wash. (Gig Harbor HS ’06)
#78 - Chris Powers - OL - 6-2 - 270 - Jr. - 1L* - Black Diamond, Wash. (Tahoma HS ’07)

 

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