2010-11 News Releases

June 20, 2011
Julie Piper and Matt Martin Tabbed as 2011 Big Sky Scholar-Athlete Award Winners
Julie Piper of the women’s basketball team and Matt Martin from the football squad were selected as Eastern Washington University’s recipients of the Big Sky Conference Scholar-Athlete Award for the 2010-11 school year. The Scholar-Athlete Award honors the "best of the best" of the conference's nearly 3,000 student-athletes.

June 16, 2011
Six Eagles Honored for Spring Performances
Six Eastern Washington University football players have been honored for their off-season performances for the Eagles, head coach Beau Baldwin has announced.

June 10, 2011
NFL Players at Cabela’s as Part of Roos Foundation “Fish & Chip”
Former Eastern Washington University offensive lineman Michael Roos and several of his fellow National Football League players will make a public appearance Saturday (June 11) as part of the second-annual Roos Foundation “Fish & Chip” Tournament.

June 9, 2011
On National TV Friday, Erik Meyer and Raul Vijil Rekindle Passing Connection
From 2002-05, the Erik Meyer to Raul Vijil passing combination at Eastern Washington University was extremely productive with 112 hook-ups. Friday (June 10), with a national television audience looking on, that connection will be rekindled when Meyer makes his starting debut for the Spokane Shock in an Arena Football League game in Spokane, Wash.

June 1, 2011
Baldwin and Hayford Make Upcoming Public Appearances
Eastern head football coach Beau Baldwin and head men’s basketball coach Jim Hayford will be making public appearances in June as they talk about their programs with fans and friends.

May 26, 2011
Eastern Football to Participate in Campus Blood Drive
The Eastern Washington University football program has teamed up with the Inland Northwest Blood Center for its annual blood drive on the EWU campus. This year’s blood drive will be held Tuesday, May 31 at the PUB Multi-Purpose Room from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

May 10, 2011
Baldwin to Make West Side Public Appearances
Eastern Washington University head coach Beau Baldwin will be making three public appearances in the Puget Sound area this week as part of the EWU Alumni Office “The Road to the Championship with Head Football Coach Beau Baldwin” statewide visits.

May 5, 2011
With Practice Wrapped Up, Focus Now is Three Months of Self-Motivated Workouts
Three months is a long time without coaching. But that’s what the defending NCAA Division I Football Champions essentially face as the Eastern Washington University football team embarks upon a three-month period in which will and self-motivation are paramount.

April 30, 2011
Jones Selected by Oakland in the Fourth Round of the NFL Draft
Taiwan Jones knows a lot about the Oakland Raiders. Now, he will try to let the Raiders know more about his talents as the former Eastern Washington University running back was selected by Oakland as the 28th pick in the fourth round of the National Football League Draft.

April 30, 2011
Twin Pick Sixes Lead Red to 28-14 Victory
Ronald Baines and Shane Stagg each returned first-half interceptions for touchdowns, and quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell led his team to a game-clinching 90-yard drive, and the Red defeated the White 28-14 Saturday (April 30) in Eastern Washington University’s annual Red-White Game at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.

April 27, 2011
Sherritt Heads for ‘Family Reunion’ in Edmonton
Eastern Washington University all-time tackles leader J.C. Sherritt will head for a family reunion in Edmonton, Alberta, in May. The 2010 Buck Buchanan Award winner recently signed a free agent contract with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League, and the linebacker will re-join a pair of former Eastern teammates on the roster.

April 25, 2011
Red-White Football Game is Saturday at 2:05 p.m.
If all goes well this week, Saturday’s (April 30) Red-White Game will be just that -- a game. The Eastern Washington University football team will conclude its final week of spring practices with what Eagle head coach Beau Baldwin hopes will be a competitive game. But injuries at various positions makes progress this week -- particularly in the EWU athletic training room -- important to be able to have enough depth to split teams equally.

April 23, 2011
Mitchell Brothers Provide Offensive Spark; Zach Johnson Provides the Same on Defense
With the Mitchell brothers providing most of the fireworks, big plays were abundant during Eastern Washington University’s 68-play football scrimmage Saturday (April 23) at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.

April 22, 2011
Much of the Same in Store for Eagles in Third Scrimmage
The uncertainty an actual game brings will be emulated this Saturday (April 23) when the Eastern Washington University football team concludes its third week of spring practices with a scrimmage at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash. The scrimmage is free and open to the public, and will begin at approximately 10:40 a.m. (Eastern will begin warm-up at about 10 a.m.).

April 21, 2011
Two Families are Better Than One for Bo Levi Mitchell
When Bo Levi Mitchell moved away to college to join his new football family, his real family -- including Eagle wide receiver Cory Mitchell -- came with him.

April 16, 2011
Defense and Offense Play Teeter-Totter in Second Scrimmage
It was like two kids on a teeter-totter. The Eastern Washington University offense and defense responded to each other’s big plays with scores and stops throughout the day during EWU’s 68-play football scrimmage Saturday (April 16) at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.

April 15, 2011
Eagles Back at Roos Field Saturday for Second Scrimmage
Eastern Washington ended the 2010 season with three of perhaps the most amazing scoring drives in school history. On Saturday, the Eagles and quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell will get that opportunity again -- but not if EWU's defense has anything to say about it.

April 8, 2011
Quarterbacks Sharp With 15-of-19 Performance in First Scrimmage
While it was too early in the spring to tell for sure, Eastern Washington University’s quarterbacks were sharp Friday (April 8) in the first scrimmage of spring practices for the defending NCAA Football Championship Subdivision champions. And Bo Levi Mitchell wasn’t one of them.

April 8, 2011
Hoopfest Poster Features Trio of Ex-Eagle Football Players
Hoopfest players and Eagle football players all agree, “the game is to 20.” That’s the theme of the 2011 Hoopfest poster, featuring former Eastern Washington University football players Michael Roos, J.C. Sherritt and Tyler Jolley.

April 7, 2011
Although a Glorified Practice, First Scrimmage is Friday
It may be a glorified practice, but competition is competition, says Eastern Washington University head football coach Beau Baldwin. The Eagles will conclude their first week of spring practices with a scrimmage Friday (April 8) at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.

April 5, 2011
Baldwin To Throw Out First Pitch at Saturday’s Mariners Game
This week, Beau Baldwin will find out if throwing a pitch in a major league ballpark is as stressful as coaching in a national championship game. The Eastern Washington University head football coach will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at this Saturday’s (April 9) Seattle Mariners baseball game at Safeco Field.

March 24, 2011
Spring Practice for National Champs Begins April 1
In a sense, Eastern Washington University head football coach Beau Baldwin believes his team has already benefitted from an offseason practice session -- a bonus one for the 2010 NCAA Division I champions. The quest for another title begins on Friday, April 1 when the Eagles open spring practices for the 2011 season.

March 9, 2011
Q&A: Eastern Athletics Electronic Media Coordinator Davin Perry
Only tears and no crying? What kind of documentary is that? Well, an extraordinary one based on responses from pre-screenings. Davin Perry, the Electronic Media Coordinator for the Eastern Washington University Athletic Department, has created a 65-minute documentary called “Road to the Championship” chronicling the 2010 EWU football season that ended with the Eagles winning the NCAA Division I Championship.

February 18, 2011
Q&A: Football Player Darriell Beaumonte
People certainly know who Darriell Beaumonte is now. It takes special players to win national championships, and the junior standout is certainly special on special teams for the Eastern Washington University football team. Even if he admits that at one point this season, “I don’t think there were more than three or four people who even knew my name.”

February 16, 2011
Eastern Football Given Three Prestigious Awards by Inland Northwest SWABS
The National Champion Eastern Washington University football team was honored three times by the Inland Northwest Sportswriters and Broadcasters (SWABS) in 2010 awards presented in conjunction with the annual Inland Northwest Sports Awards Luncheon in Spokane on Feb. 16.

February 14, 2011
Beaumonte, Sherritt and Jones Earn Team Player of the Year Honors
Junior Darriell Beaumonte joined departed running back Taiwan Jones and senior linebacker J.C. Sherritt as Eastern Washington University’s Players of the Year from the 2010 football season at the Eagle Football Awards Banquet on Feb. 13. The awards were selected upon by their teammates, who joined that trio in leading the Eagles to the 2010 NCAA Division I Football Championship.

February 10, 2011
Q&A: Football Player & Scholar-Athlete Jeff Minnerly
The “floating” season is officially over for free safety Jeff Minnerly and the Eastern Washington University football team. The junior-to-be had an honor-filled 2010 season for the Eagles, capped by Eastern’s 20-19 victory over Delaware in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Game on Jan. 7 in Frisco, Texas.

February 4, 2011
50 Selected to Fall All-Academic Team
A total of 50 Eastern Washington University student-athletes have been honored on the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team for fall quarter 2010. Of the total, 18 were from football, 11 from volleyball, 10 from women's soccer, eight from women's cross country and three from men's cross country.

February 2, 2011
SIGNING DAY: Despite Late Start, Eagles See Silver Lining as They Sign 20 to National Letters of Intent
The late start to recruiting wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. Eastern Washington University’s trek to the NCAA Division I Football Championship delayed its bulk of recruiting for about a month, but Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin was reminded of the silver lining to having its last two games of the season broadcast live on ESPN2.

February 1, 2011
Annual Football Awards Banquet on Sunday, Feb. 13
The annual Eastern Washington University Football Awards Banquet will take place Sunday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. at the Pence Union Building Multipurpose Room on the EWU campus in Cheney, Wash.

January 28, 2011
2011 Schedule for National Champs is Challenging
Putting together the 2011 Eastern Washington University football schedule was nearly as difficult as it will be to play it this fall for the national champions. For the Eagles to defend their 2010 NCAA Division I Football Championship, Eastern will have to play games at Washington, South Dakota and Cal Poly. Those three teams were a collective 18-17 a year ago.

January 27, 2011
Eagles Host Special Football Luncheon Next Wednesday
Eastern Washington University football fans and friends are invited to a special luncheon next Wednesday (Feb. 2) taking place in conjunction with the national letter of intent signing day.

January 21, 2011
Eastern Athletic Department Announces December Scholar Athletes of the Month
Eastern Washington University senior women’s basketball player Tatajana Sparavalo and sophomore free safety Jeff Minnerly from the National Champion Eagle football team have been selected as EWU’s Scholar-Athletes of the Month for December.

January 20, 2011
Five Eagles and Head Coach Beau Baldwin Honored on the CSN Sweet 63 All-America Team
Six members of the NCAA Division National Champion Eastern Washington University football squad were honored Thursday (Jan. 20) as the College Sporting News unveiled its Sweet 63 Football Championship Subdivision All-America team.

January 18, 2011
Football Celebrations Friday in Cheney, Saturday in Spokane
The unveiling of the NCAA Division I Football Championship trophy and a short parade in Spokane will be the highlights of a pair of celebrations this Friday and Saturday (Jan. 21 & 22) honoring the Eastern Washington University football team.

January 15, 2011
Projected as Second or Third Round Pick by NFL Committee, Taiwan Jones Declares for NFL Draft
Eastern Washington University All-America running back Taiwan Jones will leave a year early and has officially declared for the 2011 National Football League Draft, the junior from Antioch, Calif., has announced. The deadline for draft-eligible collegiate underclassmen to declare for the April 28-30 draft is today (Jan. 15).

January 11, 2011
Eagles No. 1 in Coaches Poll; Receive Vote in AP FBS Poll
The Eastern Washington University Eagles finished the 2010 football season as the No. 1 team in the Football Championship Subdivision Coaches Poll following a 20-19 come-from-behind win in the National Championship game. The Eagles even received a vote in the Associated Press poll for schools at the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level on Tuesday.

January 10, 2011
Making Believers Out of the Nation, Eagles finish No. 1 in The Sports Network Poll
The national champion Eastern Washington University football team made believers out of a nation. The Eagles finished the year the way they ended the regular season as the No. 1-ranked team in The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision final poll released Monday (Jan. 10).

January 8, 2011
Another Heart-Stopping Comeback has Eastern Coach Asking, “Why Wouldn’t We?”
After a season full of late-game rallies and gut-wrenching victories, Eastern Washington University football coach Beau Baldwin had a simple response following his team’s 20-19 victory over Delaware in the 2011 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game Friday (Jan. 7) at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. “Why wouldn’t we?”

January 7, 2011
EAGLES RALLY TO WIN NATIONAL TITLE!!!
The Eagles finally came alive, and have a national championship to show for it. Held to 98 yards of total offense through the first 2 1/2 quarters, the Eastern Washington University offense finally came alive against Delaware and scored three times in the final 16:48 to beat Delaware 20-19 in the 2011 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game Friday (Jan. 7) at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.

January 6, 2011
Ferris Graduate Jeff Minnerly Wins NCAA Award
Eastern Washington University sophomore free safety Jeff Minnerly, a 2008 graduate of Ferris High School in Spokane, Wash., has been awarded the “Elite 88” Award by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

January 6, 2011
Governor Gregoire Encourages Entire State to Support Eagles in Title Game
In honor of Eastern Washington University’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division I Football Championship, and for the accomplishments of the team throughout the 2010 season, Governor Chris Gregoire has proclaimed Friday, Jan. 7, as Eastern Washington University Eagles Day in the state of Washington

January 6, 2011
Eastern’s J.C. Sherritt Wins Buck Buchanan Award!
Thursday (Jan. 6) was a big day for Eastern Washington University senior linebacker J.C. Sherritt. Friday is even bigger. The two-time NCAA Football Championship Subdivision All-American won the highest honor he could win as The Sports Network has announced that Sherritt has won the Buck Buchanan Award given to the top defensive player in FCS.

January 5, 2011
Q&A: Eastern Head Coach Beau Baldwin
A tie for the title? It did back in 1995 for Eastern Washington University head football coach Beau Baldwin, but it won't happen this Friday (Jan. 7) when Baldwin’s Eagles take on Delaware in the 2011 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game in Frisco, Texas.

January 4, 2011
Martin & Sherritt Are Selected to FCS ADA All-Star Team
Eastern Washington University Senior tight end Matt Martin and senior linebacker J.C. Sherritt are among the 52 winners of the 13th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team were announced by the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Tuesday (Jan. 4).

December 28, 2010
Epic Showdown for the NCAA Title Between Pair of 12-2 Teams
What Eastern Washington University took away from Delaware in November, the Blue Hens are trying to regain in January. A pair of 12-2 teams with impressive credentials as the top-ranked teams in the land at the end of the regular season will fight for a national title when the 2011 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game is played on Jan. 7 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. Kickoff is 4 p.m. Pacific time and the game will be televised on ESPN2.

December 23, 2010
Bo Levi Mitchell Returns Home for FCS Championship Game
He won’t be home for the holidays, but Eastern Washington University junior quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell really doesn’t mind. He’ll be there Jan. 7 playing the game he loves, and that’s what he’s excited about right now.

December 22, 2010
Powers and Matt Johnson Join Sherritt and Jones as All-Americans
A quartet of Eastern Washington University football players who will be playing in the Jan. 7 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game have been selected to the The Sports Network/Fathead.com NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) All-America Team announced Wednesday (Dec. 22)

December 20, 2010
Tickets Available For Eastern Fans to Football Title Game
Tickets for Eastern Washington University football fans are now available for the 2011 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game on Jan. 7 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. Kickoff is 4 p.m. Pacific time as Eastern takes on Delaware, and the game will be televised on ESPN2.

December 17, 2010
Baldwin Selected as Finalist for Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award
Eastern Washington University head football coach Beau Baldwin has been named one of five FCS finalists for the esteemed Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award. The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award is the premiere college football coaching honor that celebrates coaches for their sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and excellence, as well as their efforts to give back to their team, school and community both on and off the field.

December 17, 2010
Eagles Headed to FCS Championship Game in Texas!!
The Eastern Washington University football team is headed to Frisco, Texas! With a thrilling 41-31 victory in the semifinals, Eastern Washington University dethroned reigning NCAA Football Championship Subdivision champion Villanova Friday (Dec. 17) at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash. The game was televised live on ESPN2 to nearly 100 million homes on the new red Sprinturf surface at the “Inferno,” where Eastern finished the season 8-0.

December 16, 2010
Q and A: Football Player Brandon Kaufman
Heading into his 14th game of the season, Brandon Kaufman of the Eastern Washington University football team has been named the November Scholar Athlete of the Month, along with senior volleyball standout Alysha Cook. A sophomore from Denver, Colo., Kaufman has been a force on the red Sprinturf this season, being the first to score at the “Inferno” during the memorable defeat against Montana.

December 15, 2010
Sherritt Selected to Walter Camp All-America Team
Eastern Washington University senior linebacker J.C. Sherritt is a repeat selection on the Walter Camp Football Foundation 2010 Football Championship Subdivision All-America team. The team was selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision schools

December 13, 2010
Experienced Playoff Teams Square Off in the Inferno
Both teams are playoff experienced and battle tested. But only one team has a ring. Eastern Washington University tries to dethrone the reigning NCAA Football Championship Subdivision champions this Friday (Dec. 17) when the Eagles host the Villanova Wildcats at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash. Kickoff is 5:05 p.m. Pacific time in a game televised live on ESPN2 on the new red Sprinturf surface at the “Inferno,” where Eastern is 7-0.

December 12, 2010
Eagles To Host Defending Champs Friday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2
Because they found a way to win yet another game on the new red Sprinturf surface at Roos Field, the reward for the Eagles is an eighth and final game this season at the Inferno. The Eastern Washington University football team, coming off an incredibly tense 38-31 overtime triumph over North Dakota State, hosts Villanova Friday (Dec. 17) on ESPN2 in the semifinals of the NCAA Football Championship Playoffs. Kickoff at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash., will be 5 p.m. Pacific time.

December 12, 2010
Playoff Notes . . . Taiwan Jones has Fracture in His Foot
Eastern Washington University All-America running back Taiwan Jones has a fractured bone in his foot and is not expected to play this Friday (Dec. 17) when Eastern hosts Villanova in the semifinals of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs.

December 11, 2010
Eastern Rallies for 38-31 Overtime Win Over North Dakota State
With their backs against the wall in a snowstorm, Eastern Washington University found a way to rally in the final minutes and upend North Dakota State 38-31 in overtime Saturday (Dec. 11) at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash., in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs.

December 10, 2010
Television Coverage Announced for EWU-North Dakota State Game
Saturday’s (Dec. 11) Eastern Washington University versus North Dakota State football game will reach five television markets nationwide and a total of 11 million homes as part of ESPN’s syndicated coverage of the game, which begins at 12:30 p.m. Pacific time at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash. Kickoff is 12:35.

December 10, 2010
Kaufman and Cook Selected as November Scholar-Athletes of the Month
Sophomore Brandon Kaufman of the Eastern Washington University football team and senior Alysha Cook from the volleyball squad have been recognized by the EWU athletic department as Scholar-Athlete Award recipients for the month of November.

December 9, 2010
Q & A: All-America Running Back Taiwan Jones
After suffering injuries during the 2009 season and earlier this year, junior running back Taiwan Jones is healthy and ready to compete to his full potential against North Dakota State this weekend, especially with a prestigious All-American accolade now under his belt.

December 7, 2010
Coaches Select Taiwan Jones and J.C. Sherritt to All-America Team
Eastern Washington University junior running back Taiwan Jones and senior linebacker J.C. Sherritt have been selected to the 2010 AFCA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-America Team announced today by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).

December 6, 2010
In the Quarterfinals For The Fifth Time, Eagles host North Dakota State
Thanks to this week’s foe, the Eastern Washington University football team gets to play yet again on the new red Sprinturf surface at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash. North Dakota State, which upset fourth-seeded Montana State 42-17 last week in the second round of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs, plays the Eagles at Roos Field Saturday (Dec. 11) with kickoff at 12:35 p.m. Pacific time.

December 5, 2010
Eastern vs. North Dakota State Playoff Game is 12:35 p.m. on Saturday
The game time has been set for 12:35 p.m. Pacific time for the Eastern Washington versus North Dakota State University game this Saturday (Dec. 11) at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash., in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs.

December 4, 2010
Eastern Advances in FCS Playoffs With 37-17 Win Over Southeast Missouri
Led by the 168 rushing yards and two touchdowns by running back Taiwan Jones, Eastern Washington University held Southeast Missouri to no points and 26 total yards in the second half to defeat the Redhawks 37-17 and advance in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs Saturday (Dec. 4) at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash

December 3, 2010
Q and A: Football Player Renard Williams
Renard Williams of the Eastern Washington University football team will step on the field Saturday (Dec. 4) looking for another Eagle victory in the Inferno. To do this, the Eagles will need to stop Southeast Missouri's running game, led by Walter Payton Award Candidate Henry Harris.

November 29, 2010
Rankings and Seedings Aside, Eagles Settle Debate on the Field
Eastern Washington University’s quest for a long playoff run begins this week when the No. 1 ranked and fifth-seeded Eagles host Southeast Missouri on Dec. 4 at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash., at 1:05 p.m. Pacific time. Eastern will be making its eighth FCS Playoff appearance while the Redhawks are making their first. It will be the first meeting between the two schools.

November 23, 2010
Sherritt & Jones are Big Sky Players of the Year
With seasons that defined Eastern Washington University’s football success on both sides of the ball, senior linebacker J.C. Sherritt and junior running back Taiwan Jones have been selected as Big Sky Conference Players of the Year in voting by the league’s nine head coaches, it was announced on Tuesday (Dec. 23).

November 22, 2010
Sherritt Earns Big Sky POW Award for Third Time This Season
Buck Buchanan Award candidate J.C. Sherritt has been selected as the Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the third time this season and the fifth time in his career for his performance in EWU's 34-7 victory over Idaho State last Saturday (Nov. 20).

November 21, 2010
Top-Ranked Eastern Receives No. 5 Seed and Will Host Southeast Missouri State Dec. 4
An hour after the Eagles secured its highest ranking in school history in The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision poll, the Eagles received a first-round bye and No. 5 seed in the FCS Playoffs. Eastern will host Southeast Missouri on Dec. 4 at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash., at 1:05 p.m. Pacific time.

November 20, 2010
Eagles Secure Share of Big Sky Title!
The first goal is complete and now there is even a bigger one on the horizon for the Eastern Washington University football team. The Eagles scored 21 points in the second quarter and went on to defeat Idaho State 34-7 Saturday (Nov. 20) at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash., and earn a share of the Big Sky Conference title with Montana State.

November 18, 2010
Eagles to Watch NCAA Brackets Revealed Sunday at 7 a.m. at Tawanka
Eastern Washington University football fans everywhere are encouraged to wear red on Friday to help honor the Eagles as they play for the Big Sky Conference title Saturday at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.

November 15, 2010
Hoffman Big Sky POW as Eagles Garner Highest Ranking Ever
The Eastern Washington University football team is basking in its highest ranking ever Monday (Nov. 15), and the Eagles have senior cornerback/kickoff returner Jesse Hoffman to thank for it.

November 15, 2010
With Its Highest Ranking Ever at Third Nationally, Eagles Play for Big Sky Title
So much gained, yet so much to still play for. Owning its highest ranking in school history, the third-ranked Eastern Washington University football team can wrap-up at least a share of the Big Sky Conference title when the Eagles take on Idaho State Saturday (Nov. 20) at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash. Kickoff at the “Inferno” is 1:05 p.m. Pacific time as Eastern’s 14 seniors will be honored in pre-game ceremonies.

November 13, 2010
No. 5 Eastern Makes Plays Late -- Again -- to Defeat Southern Utah 31-24
It was just what Eastern Washington University head coach Beau Baldwin expected -- and certainly what he’s witnessed before. Senior Jesse Hoffman intercepted passes on the final two defensive possessions of the game for the fifth-ranked Eagles as they broke a 24-all tie in the fourth quarter to defeat Southern Utah 31-24 in a non-conference college football game Saturday (Nov. 13) at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.

November 12, 2010
Q and A: Football Player Matt Martin
As one of the captains of the Eastern Washington University football team, senior Matt Martin had a vision for what the 2010 season would look like. So far, he said that things are falling into place but there is more down the road to make it a perfect season.

November 11, 2010
Seniors Honored as October Scholar-Athletes of the Month
Seniors Matt Martin from the football team and Amy Kolin from the cross country squad have been selected by the Eastern Washington University athletic department as Scholar-Athlete Award recipients for the month of October.

November 8, 2010
Playoff Atmosphere as Thunderbirds Visit No. 5 Eagles
November certainly has a playoff feel to it for the fifth-ranked Eastern Washington University football team. A pair of teams with five-game winning streaks square off this week at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash., when Southern Utah visits for a non-conference game at 1:05 p.m.

November 4, 2010
Minnerly, Sherritt Selected District VIII All-Academic
Local products Jeff Minnerly (pictured) and J.C. Sherritt from the Eastern Washington University football team have been selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII squad as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA). Their names are now forwarded to the national ballot for Academic All-America honors.

November 1, 2010
Eagles Leap to No. 6 in Rankings as Jones Earns Honors
It’s beginning to look a lot like 1997 all over again. The Eastern Washington University football team is ranked sixth this week in Sports Network/Fathead.com top 25 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision poll, equaling the 1997 squad with the school’s highest ranking ever in the regular season.

October 30, 2010
Jones Propels No. 8 Eagles to 50-17 Win Over Vikings
Lately, it’s been how well you finish rather than how well you start. This start was way too much to overcome. Junior running back Taiwan Jones rushed for 196 yards and three touchdowns in the first half alone, then Eastern took care of business in the second half as eighth-ranked Eastern Washington University defeated Portland State 50-17 in a Big Sky Conference football game Saturday (Oct. 30) at Hillsboro Stadium in Hillsboro, Ore.

October 29, 2010
Coaches Show This Monday Features Basketball Because of Football Bye Week; Possibly on 920AM
Because of Eastern Washington University football bye week, this Monday’s (Nov. 1) Eagle Coaches Show at Northern Quest Casino and Resort will feature head men’s basketball coach Kirk Earlywine in lieu of the normal football show.

October 29, 2010
SEASON OUTLOOK: Returning Guards Key to Eastern’s Big Sky Hopes; Season Begins Tuesday
In a league dominated by guard play, having three returning starting guards is a great place to start for the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team. But Eastern’s newcomers will also need to be a factor if Eastern is able to compete for the Big Sky Conference title in the 2010-11 season.

October 25, 2010
Matt Johnson Big Sky Player of the Week Again
Junior strong safety Matt Johnson was selected as the Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season and third time in his career following EWU’s 28-24 win over Sacramento State.

October 25, 2010
No. 8 Eastern at Portland State With Bye on Horizon
Let the nail-biting continue. With all four league games going down to the wire last week, the eighth-ranked Eastern Washington University Eagles find themselves in another tussle to remain on top of the Big Sky Conference football standings when they play at Portland State this Saturday (Oct. 30). Kickoff at Hillsboro Stadium in Hillsboro, Ore., is 5:05 p.m. Pacific time.

October 23, 2010
No. 8 Eagles Squeak Out a 28-24 Win Over Sac State
Once again, the Eagles found a way. The eighth-ranked Eastern Washington University football team used a late defensive stop and a short touchdown drive to pull-out another victory by edging Sacramento State 28-24 Saturday (Oct. 23) in a Big Sky Conference game at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.

October 18, 2010
Off to Best Start Since 1997, No. 8 Eastern Hosts Hornets
What home-field advantage? The eighth-ranked Eastern Washington University football team hosts Sacramento State this Saturday (Oct. 23) in the 19th game of a series in which the home team has won just four times previously. Kickoff at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash., is 1:05 p.m. in the 84th annual Homecoming game at EWU.

October 18, 2010
Thanks to Key Plays With The Game on the Line, Sherritt Wins POW Honor Again
Buck Buchanan Award candidate J.C. Sherritt added big plays to his big tackle numbers last week and has been selected as the Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the second-straight week.

October 16, 2010
No. 12 Eagles Score Twice in the Last 3:08 to Beat Bears 35-28
The great escape II. A week after struggling to a 21-14 home win over Northern Arizona, 12th-ranked Eastern Washington University scored twice in the final 3:08 for a 35-28 victory over Northern Colorado Saturday (Oct. 16) in a Big Sky Conference football game at Nottingham Field in Greeley, Colo.

October 15, 2010
Baldwin to Show Video and Provide Commentary Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at Northern Quest
Starting Oct. 11, Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin will show video from the previous game and provide commentary prior to his appearance on the Eagle Coaches Show at the Q Sports Bar and Restaurant at Northern Quest Casino and Resort.

October 11, 2010
Up to 12th in Rankings, Eastern at Northern Colorado
Cruise control for the 12th-ranked Eastern Washington University football team? Don’t count on it. Despite coming out of the most difficult portion of its league schedule with a 3-1 record, the Eagles head back on the road to face Northern Colorado Saturday (Oct. 16) in a Big Sky Conference game. Kickoff is 12:35 p.m. Pacific time in the first game this season for the Eagles against a foe not nationally-ranked at one point during the current season.

October 11, 2010
J.C. Sherritt Earns National & Big Sky Player of the Week Accolades
Buck Buchanan Award candidate J.C. Sherritt has earned recognition as a national Sporting News All-Star and the Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in last Saturday's (Oct. 9) 21-14 victory over Northern Arizona.

October 9, 2010
No. 13 Eagles Survive for 21-14 Victory Over No. 26 Lumberjacks
A win is a win. Capping a stretch of playing the top four picks in the league’s preseason predictions besides itself, the 13th-ranked Eastern Washington University football team overcame five turnovers to hold off Northern Arizona 21-14 in a Big Sky Conference game Saturday (Oct. 9) at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.

October 7, 2010
Sherritt & Reinstein Initial Scholar-Athletes
Seniors J.C. Sherritt from the football team and Allison Reinstein from the volleyball squad have been selected by the Eastern Washington University athletic department as Scholar-Athlete Award recipients for the month of September.

October 7, 2010
Q and A: Standout Football Player J.C. Sherritt
Senior J.C. Sherritt of the Eastern Washington University football team has already racked up a long list of accomplishments in his career. But he says he won’t let the spotlight blind him from what really matters: the goal of winning the Big Sky Conference Championships.

October 4, 2010
Back in the Inferno, No. 13 Eastern Hosts No. 26 Northern Arizona
Eastern Washington University won its debut on its new red Sprinturf surface at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash., winning 36-27 over Montana. Now the 13th-ranked Eagles seek to establish the new carpet -- nicknamed the “Inferno” -- as a home-field advantage. After a split in a pair of road games, Eastern hosts 26th-ranked Northern Arizona this Saturday on Oct. 9 on Hall of Fame Day at Eastern.

October 2, 2010
No. 16 Eastern Surge Past Wildcats 35-24
Despite not playing with its biggest playmaker and yardage machine, Eastern Washington University found plenty of big plays and plenty of offense at Weber State Saturday (Oct. 2) at Stewart Stadium in Ogden, Utah. Eastern scored 21-straight second-half points after falling behind to surge past the Wildcats 35-24 in a crucial Big Sky Conference football game.

September 27, 2010
Gauntlet Continues for No. 16 Eagles at Weber State
It seems that the Big Sky Conference schedule has never been tougher for the 16th-ranked Eastern Washington University football team. In the middle of a gauntlet that features the top four picks -- not including EWU -- in the league’s preseason predictions, Eastern plays at Weber State this Saturday (Oct. 2).

September 25, 2010
No. 17 Bobcats Romp Past No. 9 Eagles 30-7
Too much McGhee and not enough Jones. Montana State redshirt freshman quarterback Denarius McGhee passed for 283 yards and the No. 17 Bobcats used big plays to hand the ninth-ranked Eagles a 30-7 loss Saturday (Sept. 25) at Bobcat Stadium in Bozeman, Mont.

September 20, 2010
Taiwan Jones Wins National Accolades as Eagles Climb to No. 9
Not surprisingly, Taiwan Jones has earned Big Sky Conference and national accolades for his career-high 221-yard rushing performance in Eastern’s 36-27 victory over Montana last Saturday (Sept. 18) in the inaugural game on EWU’s new red synthetic Sprinturf surface at Roos Field (formerly Woodward Field).

September 20, 2010
No. 9 Eastern Tries to Continue Success at No. 17 MSU
Be wary of the hangover. But even more importantly, be wary of the Bobcats. Ninth-ranked Eastern Washington University makes its first Big Sky Conference road trip of the season when the Eagles play at No. 17 Montana State on Saturday (Sept. 25). Kickoff at Bobcat Stadium in Bozeman, Mont., is 12:05 p.m. Pacific time.

September 18, 2010
Late Scores Lift No. 18 Eagles Past No. 6 Grizzlies 36-27 in Red Turf Debut
It was REDemption for Eastern Washington University’s senior class, but it was one senior and three juniors who made the biggest plays down the stretch. The first football game on Eastern’s new red Sprinturf surface was a huge success as the 18th-ranked Eagles knocked off No. 6 Montana 36-27 Saturday (Sept. 18) in the Big Sky Conference opener for both schools at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.

September 16, 2010
Q&A: Football Player Zach Johnson
He thought it was a cramp. But it turned out to be much scarier than that. Eastern Washington University junior linebacker Zach Johnson had a sensational season as a freshman in 2008 with 96 tackles and a team-high seven passes broken up. Off-season knee surgery repaired his ailing knees, but in summer of 2009 he noticed what he thought was a cramp in one of his legs.

September 15, 2010
Pair of Events Help Inaugurate Red Turf
A pair of events leading into the Eastern Washington University football game against Montana in Cheney, Wash., have been planned to help inaugurate Eastern’s new red Sprinturf playing surface.

September 15, 2010
Eagles Schedule Another Game Versus UW for 2014
The Eagles are making up for lost time. Eastern Washington University has scheduled a second football game against the University of Washington, giving the Eagles games in both 2011 and 2014 versus the Huskies of the Pacific 10 Conference. The announcement of the agreement was made jointly by EWU and UW on Wednesday (Sept. 15).

September 13, 2010
Red Turf Inaugurated as No. 18 Eastern hosts No. 6 Montana
The red is ready. The first football game on Eastern Washington University’s new red Sprinturf surface promises to be a doozy, as the 18th-ranked Eagles host No. 6 powerhouse Montana in the Big Sky Conference opener for both schools. Kickoff at Roos Field (formerly Woodward Field) is Saturday (Sept. 18) at 4:05 p.m.

September 11, 2010
No. 17 Eagles Gear-Up for Red Turf Debut With 35-32 Victory
Junior running back Taiwan Jones scored three touchdowns and had 235 all-purpose yards as Eastern Washington University held-off its former rival Central Washington 35-32 Saturday (Sept. 11) in the second edition of the “Showdown on the Sound” at Qwest Field in Seattle, Wash.

September 9, 2010
Q and A: Football Coach Zak Hill
Eastern Washington University quarterback coach Zak Hill knows what makes a great quarterback. It takes one to know one. Hill was a record-breaking quarterback from 1999-2003 at Central Washington under the coaching of current EWU head coach Beau Baldwin.

September 6, 2010
No. 17 Eastern Plays No. 12 Central in ‘Showdown on the Sound’
The yearly rivalry may be in the past, but not the intrigue. Eastern Washington University and its former rival Central Washington square off Saturday (Sept. 11) in the second edition of the “Showdown on the Sound” at Qwest Field in Seattle, Wash. Kickoff is 6:05 p.m. Pacific time in a game carried live via radio in the Spokane area on 700-AM ESPN “The Ticket.”

September 6, 2010
Payton Award Candidate Wins First Award of 2010 Season
En route to earning Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors, Jones had a career-high 322 all-purpose yards (rushing, receiving and returns) in Eastern’s season-opening 49-24 loss at Nevada. His performance included an 82-yard touchdown reception and a non-scoring 74-yard run.

September 6, 2010
Nathan Overbay Signed to Practice Squad by Dolphins
Former Eagle tight end Nathan Overbay was signed Sept. 6 to the Miami Dolphins practice squad after getting released by the Denver Broncos. Quarterback Matt Nichols was also released by the Dallas Cowboys on Aug. 19 before the 2010 regular season began.

September 2, 2010
Taiwan Jones Has Big Day, But Eastern Falls to Wolf Pack 49-24
Despite a big day from Eastern’s biggest playmaker, Nevada rolled up 553 yards of offense and went on to hand Eastern Washington University a season-opening 49-24 loss Thursday (Sept. 2) at Mackay Stadium in Reno, Nev.

September 1, 2010
Eagles-Grizzlies Reserved Tickets Sell Out in 23 Minutes
Nearly 3,000 remaining reserved tickets were sold out within 23 minutes into the public sale this morning for tickets to the Eastern Washington University versus Montana football game on Sept. 18 at Roos Field (formerly Woodward Field) in Cheney, Wash. Capacity for the Big Sky Conference showdown is about 11,000.

August 27, 2010
Eagles Open 2010 Season at Powerful Nevada
A few things haven’t changed since the last time Eastern Washington University met the University of Nevada in football, but there has been one huge constant. The Eagles open their 2010 season on Thursday (Sept. 2) in Reno, Nev., as they face the Wolf Pack and long-time head coach Chris Ault for the first time since 1991.

August 27, 2010
Red Turf Gets Overwhelming Approval from Eagle Players
Taiwan Jones likes the color, but at this point in the season -- less than a week away from the first game of the season --- he’s color blind. The Eastern Washington University All-American running back and his teammates got a chance to practice for the first time Friday afternoon (Aug. 27) on Eastern’s new red Sprinturf field at soon to be re-named Woodward Field on the EWU campus in Cheney, Wash.

August 26, 2010
Show Featuring Beau Baldwin and Players Aired Live From Northern Quest Starting Monday
The first Northern Quest Resort and Casino Eagle Coaches Show will air this Monday (Aug. 30) at 6 p.m. live from the Q Sports Bar and Restaurant at Northern Quest, located near the Spokane Airport. Shows will continue on Mondays throughout the season.

August 25, 2010
EWU-PSU to Play for the Dam Cup
The Portland State Vikings and Eastern Washington Eagles will begin a five sport rivalry cup called The Dam Cup in 2010-11. The Dam Cup will celebrate the friendly rivalry between the states of Oregon and Washington within the Big Sky Conference.

August 25, 2010
Starters Rest as Defense Shines in Final Eastern Scrimmage
The defense ruled the day on pretty much a starter-less day as Eastern Washington University had a short 37-play session in the school’s second and final football scrimmage of preseason camp Wednesday (Aug. 25) at the EWU Sports and Recreation Center playing fields in Cheney, Wash. Eastern’s next practice -- Friday (Aug. 27) at 3 p.m. -- will take place on the new red Sprinturf surface at soon to be re-named Woodward Field in Cheney, Wash.

August 24, 2010
Eagles Scrimmage Wednesday on Practice Fields
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.

August 19, 2010
Sprinturf Crew Works Under the Lights Friday
With Eastern Washington University’s Red Turf project nearing a completion, the Sprinturf installation crew will be working Friday night (Aug. 20) under the lights at Woodward Field in Cheney, Wash., in hopes of an early completion of the project.

August 18, 2010
First Eastern Scrimmage Features Back and Forth Thriller
If it would have been a real game, fans would have gone away entertained. Both the offense and defense had their moments as Eastern Washington University ran 71 plays in the school’s first football scrimmage of preseason camp Wednesday (Aug. 18) at the EWU Sports and Recreation Center playing fields in Cheney, Wash.

August 16, 2010
Eagles 13th in The Sports Network Preseason Poll
The Eagles are starting where they ended last season. The Eastern Washington University football team is ranked 13th in The Sports Network/Fathead.com NCAA Football Championship Subdivision 2010 Top 25 Preseason Poll released Monday (Aug. 16).

August 13, 2010
Addition of Red Turf is Exciting, But Eagles Have Lots of Work Ahead on the Field Too
Eastern Washington University’s red synthetic turf project is an exciting addition for the Eagle football program, but as head coach Beau Baldwin points out, hard work is an even bigger factor toward victories.

August 4, 2010
Vote on a Name as Red Turf Rollout Continues
With rollout of the red turf beginning Wednesday morning (Aug. 4), Eagle fans can not only view the installation on-line at www.goeags.com but may also vote on a name for the field at Woodward Field in Cheney, Wash. Voting will end on Aug. 11.

August 3, 2010
Red Sprinturf Arrives, With Installation Probably Starting Wednesday
Installation will start immediately as a truck carrying a partial shipment of Eastern Washington University’s new red Sprinturf arrived Tuesday (Aug. 3) at Woodward Field in Cheney, Wash. Final prep work continues Tuesday afternoon, and the first turf will be rolled out on the field probably Wednesday (Aug. 4) morning.

August 2, 2010
Football Practices Begin Aug. 9
A squad of 90 players will report on August 7-8 as Eastern Washington University begins preseason practices for the 2010 football season. After a day of conditioning on Aug. 8, the team will practice together for the first time on Aug. 9 at 3 p.m.

July 27, 2010
Red Sprinturf Set to Arrive Aug. 3
The actual red Sprinturf product is scheduled to be shipped and will arrive in Cheney, Wash., as early as Aug. 2 as the prep work for Eastern Washington University’s Red Turf Project is nearing completion.

July 26, 2010
More Preseason Honors for Eagle Trio
The list of preseason accolades keeps on getting longer for a trio of Eastern Washington University football players as the 2010 season approaches. Senior linebacker J.C. Sherritt, junior running back Taiwan Jones and junior defensive lineman Renard Williams were all named to The Sports Network Preseason NCAA Football Championship Subdivision All-America team.

July 21, 2010
Buck Buchanan Watch List Includes Eastern J.C. Sherritt
A year after finishing second in the voting, Eastern Washington University senior linebacker J.C. Sherritt has been selected to the 20-player watch list for the 2010 Buck Buchanan Award awarded by The Sports Network to the top defensive player in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision.

July 20, 2010
Eagles Picked to Finish Second Behind Grizzlies
Heading on a collision course for a Sept. 18 showdown between Eastern Washington University and Montana, the Eagles have been picked to finish second behind the 12-time defending league champion Grizzlies in the Big Sky Conference preseason football polls released Tuesday (July 20).

July 19, 2010
Sherritt is Big Sky’s Choice as Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Eastern Washington University senior linebacker J.C. Sherritt has been selected as the 2010 Big Sky Conference preseason defensive player of the year as three Eagles were selected Monday (July 19) to the league’s preseason All-Conference team as chosen by a panel of media and sports information directors.

July 13, 2010
Taiwan Jones on Walter Payton Watch List
Eastern Washington University junior running back Taiwan Jones, who averaged an impressive 7.5 yards per carry as a sophomore, has been named to the initial 2010 Walter Payton Award Watch List, The Sports Network has announced.

July 12, 2010
Fox Sports Northwest Airs “Fish & Chip Tournament” Highlights
A 30-minute production video of the First Annual Michael Roos Foundation Fish & Chip Tournament will air on Fox Sports Net Northwest at four different time slots in July.

July 9, 2010
EWU-Montana Pre-Sale Tickets Available
The best seats for the Eastern Washington University versus Montana football game on Sept. 18 are now being sold to members of the Eagle Athletic Association and purchasers of season tickets between now and Sept. 1.

June 28, 2010
Eastern Games to Air on 700 ESPN The Ticket
Eastern Washington University and KXLY Radio Group have reached a radio agreement to have all home and away EWU football and men’s basketball games broadcast live on 700 ESPN The Ticket. The official announcement will be made today at 3:25 on the Patchin, Osso and the Wingman radio show.

June 24, 2010
Eastern to Play Central Washington in Seattle on Sept. 11
In the second version of the “Showdown on the Sound,” the Eastern Washington University versus Central Washington University football game on Sept. 11 will be played at Qwest Field in Seattle. Kickoff has been set for 6 p.m. with the two schools co-hosting the event.

June 15, 2010
Red Turf Project Web Cam Now Available
A 24-hour web cam is now available at www.goeags.com for viewing of Eastern Washington University’s Red Turf Project, which began on Monday (June 14) with the start of excavation work at Woodward Field in Cheney, Wash.

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