After earning the chance to go live, Eagles expect to run 30-40 plays starting at about 11:30 a.m.
It’s still early, so that’s why the Eastern Washington University football team has to earn its live reps this Saturday (April 13) at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.
After a lengthy practice session, the Eagles will run 30-40 plays starting at about 11:30 a.m. Pacific time.
“It’s still a practice mentality, and we are going to earn the right to finish with some live reps at the end,” said Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin. “There is a lot we have to get done in the first hour-and-a-half.
“We’ll get to see a lot of physical play that is definitely hard to see when we are in no pads or even when we are in just helmets and shoulder pads,” he said of the live repetitions. “There are some physical aspects of what we are doing that we look forward to getting a chance to see.”
Baldwin had a good reason why the practice session is more important than the scrimmage aspects on Saturday. Schematic tweaks and changes on offense and defense necessitated an early introduction to the players.
“Mentally, we’ve probably thrown as much at them as we ever have this early in the spring,” he explained. “It’s going to allow us to continue to work on that new stuff during the first portion of spring practice instead of throwing it at them around practice 10. It’s much more challenging for the players and coaches to really go out and practice with a gameplan mentality. We are treating those practices like we are playing a game, so everybody has to be locked into their assignments in order for things to keep getting smoother as we move forward.”
Eastern opened its 15-session spring practice schedule on April 4 and will continue to practice Tuesdays and Thursdays, and have its next scrimmage on Saturday, April 20. The annual Red-White Game takes place on Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m. at Roos Field, but the Eagles will follow that with one more week of action.
“The effort is improving every day -- the players understand how to fly around and practice with a tempo,” said Baldwin. “But we want to keep increasing that because it’s never where you want it to be.”
Spring Practice Schedule
Practices take place various days through May 4. 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 13 – Practice/Half-Scrimmage, approx. 11:30 a.m.,
April 16 – Practice, 4 p.m.
April 18 - Practice, 4 p.m.
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.
May 3 or 4 - Scrimmage, Site and Time TBA
Eastern is scheduled to scrimmage on Saturday, April 13 (a half scrimmage starting at approximately 11:30 a.m.) at Roos Field, Saturday, April 20 (approximately 10:30 a.m.) at Roos Field and Saturday, May 3 or 4 at a site and time yet to be determined.
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).
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 www.goeags.com 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 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.
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 www.goeags.com.