Variety of Situations Will be Focus of Saturday Scrimmage

Eastern Washington marks the midpoint of spring practice with scrimmage at about 10:30 a.m. at Roos Field

Name a down, distance and yard line, and the Eastern Washington University football team will probably cover it Saturday (April 20) at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.

The Eagles will mark the mid-point of spring practice with a lengthy situational scrimmage, starting at about 10:30 a.m. The “choppy” scrimmage is free and open to the public, and has become a spring staple of the Eagles and head coach Beau Baldwin.

“We will cover a lot of situations in the scrimmage, so it will be a little choppy,” he explained. “We don’t necessarily put the ball down and let them go. We put them in situations such as coming out (from our own end zone), short-yardage and red zone. Hopefully, if we’ve accomplished what we want in those situations we want to hit, hopefully by our next scrimmage we’ll let them go. But the experience they are getting in situations is important.”

A week ago on a blustery day in Cheney, Eastern’s offensive units finished with 223 yards of offense in a 45-play scrimmage, with three touchdown drives all led by different quarterbacks. The highlight defensively was the No. 1 unit stopping the No. 1 offense on a pair of three-and-outs in the early stages of the scrimmage.

Eastern will probably have twice that many plays Saturday, as they prepare for the team’s annual Red-White Game on April 27 at 2 p.m.

“We’re looking for progress out of both sides,” Baldwin said of this week’s scrimmage. “We have a lot of work to do.”

Eagle fans will be able to see the debut of UCLA transfer Tevin McDonald on Saturday. He practiced for the first time in pads on Tuesday, and has been making steady progress familiarizing himself with the Eagle program. His first day of classes at EWU was on April 11.

 “It’s still early in the process, but he’s fitting in great,” said Baldwin. “He’s comprehending a lot of material very well too, and that’s the toughest part. We saw on video what he could bring athletically, and before he came here we were in discussions to give us an idea where he was mentally before he came here. But it wasn’t until he got here that we could see how he grasps calls and different terminology in a short time, but so far we’ve been impressed with his quick progress in that regard.”


Spring Practice Schedule

Practices take place various days through May 2. Most practices are scheduled to start at 4 p.m. (media interviews at approximately 3:35 p.m. or after practice at about 6 p.m.). All practices take place at Roos Field. Scrimmages also take place on the red Sprinturf surface at the “Inferno” in Cheney, Wash.

April 20 - Scrimmage, approx. 10:30 a.m., Roos Field
April 23 - Practice, 4 p.m.
April 25 - Practice, 4 p.m.
April 27 – Red-White Spring Game, 2 p.m., Roos Field
April 30 - Practice, 4 p.m.
May 1 – Practice (no pads), 4:30 p.m.
May 2 - Practice, 4 p.m.
Note: No scrimmage will take place on May 3 or 4 as previously listed.


Spring Scrimmages

The annual Red-White Game will take place on Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m. at Roos Field in conjunction with Killin Weekend at EWU. The Red-White Game will be televised live in the Spokane area by SWX (SWX Digital 6.2 in Spokane, 25.3 in the Tri-Cities & 23.3 in the Yakima area; Comcast 115; Davis Cable 514/81.2/12; Time Warner 306; Charter 287, Cable One 466; Northland Cable 115).

Note: No scrimmage will take place on May 3 or 4 as previously listed.


32nd Annual Killin Dinner/Dance/Auction is April 27 at EWU

Tickets are now on sale for the 32nd Annual Killin Dinner, Dance and Auction, which is the featured event of “Eagle Week” at Eastern Washington University. The event follows the annual Red-White Spring Football Game on April 27 at 2 p.m. at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.

On-line ordering of tickets and more information is available at for Killin, which takes place at the EWU Sports and Recreation Center. Other events taking place as part of “Eagle Week” will be announced in the coming weeks.

There is no admission charged for the Red-White Game, but cost for the dinner is $100 per individual, or $700 for a table of eight. The event starts with a social hour and auction at 4:30 p.m., followed by the dinner (6:15 p.m.), program/presentations/live auction (7:15 p.m.) and dancing (8 p.m.). Besides online at, tickets may also be obtained by calling 509-359-2463 or 1-800-648-7697.

Net proceeds benefit areas of greatest need within Eastern Athletics. The event is named in honor of Orland Killin, who, along with his wife Bernice, helped create the event. Killin was a man immensely dedicated to academics and the integrity of Eastern Washington University, serving as professor, faculty athletic representative and faculty president. He was an Eastern football letter winner in 1941-42.

Taking place the day before on Friday, April 26, is the 26th Annual Coaches Golf Tournament. The golf tournament takes place at the Fairways Golf Course near Cheney, Wash., at noon. Registration and information for that event is also available at


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