Early morning scrimmage at about 9:40 a.m. precedes the 43rd Annual Pelluer Invitational versus the University of Montana
At some Eastern Washington University football scrimmages, a veritable track meet tends to break out. This Saturday it will, literally, at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.
As a precursor to the 43rd Annual Pelluer Invitational Track and Field Meet, the Eagle football team will use the North end of “The Inferno” to practice and scrimmage as the Eagles conclude their first full week of spring practices. The team will practice starting at 8:15 a.m., and then will scrimmage for roughly an hour starting at about 9:40 a.m.
The Pelluer Invitational, which will be a dual meet against rival Montana, will start at 10 a.m. with throwing events taking place at the Sports and Recreation Center throwing complex located south of Roos Field. Running events at Roos Field begin at noon.
Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin said the Eagles will run approximately 35-40 plays, but even more important to Baldwin is the hour-plus practice session that takes place beforehand.
“I just want to see us have a great practice – it’s really only practice five and only our second in full pads,” he said.
“Saturday morning to me is still a practice – it just has a longer live session than usual at the end. I think the first hour and 15 minutes this week is more important than the end. But the scrimmage is kind of the icing to put them out there live and see what they can do. Any time you take a rep – whether it’s live or in a drill – it’s all on your resume and you are being evaluated.”
The Eagles are replacing 11 starters and three other letter winners from last year’s team that advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs for the second-straight year. Maybe not as much this week, but the Eagles will have a keen eye on several positions – including cornerback, offensive line and defensive line where the majority of graduation losses were felt.
“As we watch video we will continue to see tons of things we need to work on,” Baldwin said. “But the players have been coachable as all can be and are getting after it every day.”
Eastern opened its 14-session spring practice schedule on April 4 and will continue to practice Tuesdays and Thursdays, and have its next scrimmage on Saturday, April 19 (10:30 a.m.). The annual Red-White Game takes place on Saturday, April 26 at 2 p.m. at Roos Field, but the Eagles will follow that with one more week of practice before wrapping up on May 1.
“It’s very early in the process, but the biggest thing I’m excited about is that our players have taken things that we’ve said will be an emphasis, and they’ve really ran with them,” Baldwin added. “We’ve talked about transitioning from drill to drill, and we’ve always felt like we’ve practiced fast. But we’ve gone to a faster tempo with constant movement, and our players have taken that to heart. We’ve also worked in some more turnover drills and our team has done a good job with that.”
Spring Practice Schedule
Practices take place various days through May 1. 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 15 – Practice, 4 p.m.
April 17 - Practice, 4 p.m.
April 18 - Practice, 4 p.m.
April 19 - Scrimmage, approx. 10:30 a.m., Roos Field
April 22 - Practice, 4 p.m.
April 24 - Practice, 4 p.m.
April 26 – Red-White Spring Game, 2 p.m., Roos Field
April 29 - Practice, 4 p.m.
May 1 – Practice, 4 p.m.
Eastern is also scheduled to scrimmage Saturday, April 19 (approximately 10:30 a.m.) at Roos Field. The annual Red-White Game will take place on Saturday, April 26 at 2 p.m. at Roos Field in conjunction with Eagle Week at EWU and the Orland Killin Lobster Dinner, Dance and Auction. The Red-White Game will be televised live in the Spokane area by SWX -- SWX digital 6.2 in Spokane/Cheney/Sandpoint/Lewiston, 23.3 in Yakima and 25.3 in the Tri-Cities; also via Comcast 306 (Spokane); Davis Cable 514/81.2/12 (Cheney); Time Warner 306 (Coeur d’Alene & Pullman/Moscow); Charter 287 (Tri-Cities/Yakima), Cable One 466 (Lewiston) and Northland Cable 115 (Moses Lake & Sandpoint).
Eight Student-Athlete Speaking Engagements Featured as Part of “Eagle Week”
Eastern Washington University student-athletes will give a presentation to eight local area schools as part of “Eagle Week” taking place April 21-26 at EWU.
Starting April 21 when EWU head football coach Beau Baldwin and quarterback Vernon Adams speak at Rogers High School in Spokane, Wash., Eastern will visit seven area high schools and one middle school. The presentation by the student-athletes will focus on an acrostic of EAGLE – Education, Attitude, Grit, Leadership and Excellence.
The week also includes the Coaches Golf Tournament on Friday, April 25, and three events on Saturday, April 26 taking place in Cheney – a volleyball scrimmage at 11 a.m., the Red-White Football Game at 2 p.m. and the 33rd Annual Orland Killin Dinner/Dance/Auction at 4:30 p.m.
More information is available at: http://goeags.com/trads/ewas-eagleweek.html. A complete schedule
is below, plus information on the marquee event – the Killin
Dinner, Dance and Auction.
EAGLE WEEK 2014
Monday, April 21
1:15 p.m. – Beau Baldwin and Vernon Adams speak at Rogers High School
10:30 p.m. – Bill Chaves appears on SWX Tonight
Tuesday, April 22
8:50 a.m. – Student-Athletes speak at Salk Middle School
1:45 p.m. – Student-Athletes speak at St. George’s School
Wednesday, April 23
8:25 a.m. – Student-Athletes speak at Lakeside High School
10:30 a.m. – Student-Athletes speak at Gonzaga Prep
Thursday, April 24
7:30 a.m. – Beau Baldwin speaks at Spokane Youth Sports Association (SYSA) Annual Breakfast, Northern Quest Resort and Casino (introduced by Bill Chaves)
9 a.m. – Student-Athletes speak at Riverside School District
1:45 p.m. – Student-Athletes speak at Cheney High School
Friday, April 25
1:20 p.m. – Student-Athletes speak at Medical Lake High School
Noon – 27th Annual EWU Football Coaches Golf Tournament, Fairways Golf Course
Saturday, April 26
11:00 a.m. – EWU Volleyball Spring Scrimmage
2:00 p.m. – Red-White Spring Football Game
4:30 p.m. – 33rd Annual Orland Killin Dinner, Dance & Auction
33rd Annual Killin Dinner, Dance and Auction is April 26 at EWU as Part of “Eagle Week”
Tickets are now on sale for the 33rd 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 26 at 2 p.m. at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.
Tickets are $100 per individual and $700 for a table of eight. Online ordering is now available via the events link at http://alumni.ewu.edu/Killin2004. All tickets will be mailed out by April 15. Any tickets purchased after April 15 will be held at will call at the main entrance.
Killin takes place at the EWU Sports and Recreation Center. 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 www.goeags.com, 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.
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, which will also be televised throughout Eastern Washington by SWX. Volleyball and soccer scrimmages are also expected to take place on April 26.
Taking place the day before on Friday, April 25, is the 27th 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 available via the “Eagle Week” page at: http://goeags.com/trads/ewas-eagleweek.html