April 27, 2007
The Eastern Washington University football team begins it stretch run of spring practices with a scrimmage Saturday (April 28) at about 9:30 a.m. at Woodward Field in Cheney, Wash. The scrimmage, which concludes the third of four weeks of spring drills for the Eagles, is starting earlier than previously announced.
"Each scrimmage gets more and more important for the players and as a team to see our growth," said Eagle head coach Paul Wulff. "The third scrimmage is always important for any team. It should be our best because we've had more practices."
Eastern concludes spring practice on May 5 at 2 p.m. with the annual Red-White Game at Woodward Field. That scrimmage is part of the 26th Annual Orland Killin Weekend at EWU (more information below).
"There is more confidence in what we are doing because of the repetitions our players receive throughout practices," added Wulff, whose team opens its season at home on Aug. 31 against Montana-Western. "When we get to this point, we hope to be playing pretty good football. We've done some good things so far, but we're by no means where we want to be in the fall. I think we've done as much as we can ask our players to this point."
Although several players will miss the scrimmage because of injuries -- many for precautionary reasons -- Wulff hopes linebacker Makai Borden, defensive end Shawn Powell and wide receiver Brynsen Brown can return after missing last week's scrimmage.
Eastern's first two scrimmages were highlighted by intense play and plenty of offense. Last week, Eastern's trio of quarterbacks combined to complete 28-of-42 passes for 358 yards, and the Eagles rushed for another 140 for a total of 498 yards. The team's average of 6.7 yards per play came a week after the offense had 321 yards on just 36 plays -- 8.9 per play -- in the team's first scrimmage.
Wulff said he and his coaching staff are continually looking for ways individual players can help fill roles -- whether as starters or as backups. He said the next two scrimmages are critical in trying to determine the best situations and roles in which players can help the team win next fall. Confidence -- by the coaching staff and the players themselves -- is extremely important as Eastern is coming off a 3-8 campaign in 2006 that came after a string of seven-straight winning seasons.
"Every position has its battles and players that need to continue to improve," he said. "For us to see what our team will be like in the fall, we have to have players step-up in these scrimmages so we have more confidence and a feel for how we will be. It gives the coaches a better idea of the roles players will have in the fall."
Next week's Killin Weekend includes the Coaches Golf Tournament on Friday (May 4), as well as the Killin Dinner, Dance & Auction that takes place after Saturday's Red-White Game. Eastern's volleyball and soccer teams will also be in action on Saturday. More information on the events taking place can be found at: http://WWW.GOEAGS.COM or by calling 509-359-2463/1-800-648-7697/1-866-4GO-EAGS.
For 26 years, Killin Weekend has benefitted the Orland Killin Academic Scholarship fund and athletic scholarships at Eastern Washington University.
SPACE STILL AVAILABLE FOR COACHES GOLF TOURNAMENT . . .
Limited space is still available in the 20th Annual Football Coaches Spring Golf Tournament presented by George Gee Automotive. The tournament uses five-person teams, and is a scramble format with a shotgun start. Team handicaps are utilized to equalize the competition.
This event will be held Friday, May 4 at the Indian Canyon Golf Course. It starts at 10:30 a.m. with lunch served at the course followed at 12:30 p.m. with the shotgun start. The $125 (per person) entry fee includes:
Green Fees & Cart
Adidas Eagle Football Sportswear
Complimentary Range Balls
One Raffle Ticket
To participate for for more information, contact Rich Rasmussen at 509-359-6918 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.