With Beau Baldwin excited to watch their growth, Eastern begins preparations for opener on Aug. 31 at Oregon State
The season opener is just over a month away, and the Eastern Washington University football team will start preseason practices on Aug. 7 at the EWU Sports and Recreation Center practice fields in Cheney, Wash.
Players will report on Aug. 5 and 6, then the team will practice together on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 3 p.m. Eastern will practice in pads for the first time on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 9 a.m., followed by its first of six days of two-a-day practices on Aug. 12.
Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin, entering his sixth season at the helm and 10th overall at EWU, is excited to get back on the practice field.
“The best part about coaching to me is working with 18 to 23-year-old student-athletes and getting a chance to make an impact in their lives,” he said. “We get to watch them grow, and it’s fun to be a part of that process.”
The Eagles, who advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs in 2012 and have been to the playoffs in six of the last nine years, will scrimmage twice before the team’s season opener on Aug. 31 at Oregon State.
Eastern’s first scrimmage of preseason camp will take place on Saturday, Aug. 17 at approximately 9:45 a.m., and a second scrimmage will take place a week later on Aug. 24, also at about 9:45 a.m.
Both scrimmages are free and open to the public, and will take place on the red Sprinturf surface at Roos Field. For the first two weeks of preseason, most practices will take place on the EWU Sports and Recreation Center practice fields.
Baldwin expects the team to be well-prepared, boosted by a legacy of winning football and great leadership through the years. In 2012, the Eagles finished 11-3 overall and advanced to the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs. A total of 48 returning letterwinners are back for the EWU, including seven starters on offense and 5 1/2 on defense.
“The culture and attitude that has been built over the years has grown to a new level,” Baldwin explained. “We’ve had great players and leaders here before, but this group has learned from past teams and players on how to prepare in the offseason and what to do in the summer. The makeup and mental attitude of our players has grown. If you have that, you have a chance to be successful and the more enjoyable it is to coach.”
Tentative Schedule of EWU Practices
(Times are subject to change. Practices usually last for two hours. Media interviews take place after practice and scrimmages, or 20-30 minutes before the practice time listed; No interviews two days or less before day of games; Call EWU SID office before practices to confirm time and location)
Monday, Aug. 5 - Newcomers Report; Orientation &
Tuesday, Aug. 6 - Veterans Report; Orientation & Conditioning
Wednesday, Aug. 7 - 3 p.m. - First Practice
Thursday, Aug. 8 - 9 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 9 - 9 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 10 - 9 a.m. (first practice in full pads)
Sunday, Aug. 11 - Off
Monday, Aug. 12 - 9 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 13 - 9 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 14 - 9 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 15 - 9 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 16 - 9 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 17 - Scrimmage, approx.9:45 a.m., Roos Field
Sunday, Aug. 18 – Off
Monday, Aug. 19 – 9 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 20 - 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 21 - 9 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 22 – 9 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 23 – 9 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 24 – Scrimmage, approx.9:45 a.m., Roos Field
Sunday, Aug. 25 – Off
Monday, Aug. 26 – 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 27 – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 28 - 3 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 29 – 3 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 30 – Travel Day to Oregon State
Saturday, Aug. 31 – EWU vs. OSU, 3 p.m. Pacific time