A total of between 70-80 plays are expected to be run with varying downs, distances and spots on the field
Football is all about situations, and Eastern Washington University will cover a lot of them this Saturday afternoon (April 18) at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.
The Eagles will end their second full week of spring practices with a situational scrimmage, with between 70-80 plays run. The team will hit the field at 2 p.m. and the scrimmage portion will start at approximately 2:40 p.m.
"We'll have tons of situational plays, plus we will have officials out here so that will help a lot from an operation standpoint," said Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin. "We'll put the ball in play with various spots on the field, downs and distances."
A week ago in a 40-play scrimmage, Eastern's defensive units held the offense to 123 yards and a single touchdown. Baldwin expects the offense to "operate" much crisper this week, which is hopes will translate to increased production. He noticed anxiety in several players last week.
"In some ways, I think they over-did it in our first scrimmage," he explained. "Especially watching them offensively, I told them to just breathe. It doesn't mean you play relaxed, but you have to relax between plays for a second – take a deep breath and let the game come to you. That's when the game gets slower.
"Certain players were geared-up and jacked-up for the first scrimmage after having not played in a game situation since December," he continued. "We'll go through some of the same things when we go down to play at Oregon in game one. I'm sure I'll tell then in quarter one and quarter two to just breathe, slow down, recognize things, play calm and know your job. You do whatever it takes to have success on that next snap."
Eastern opened its 14-session spring practice schedule on April 2 and will continue to practice Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 30. The annual Red-White Game takes place on Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. at Roos Field, but the Eagles will follow that with two more practices the week after.
Remaining Spring Practice Schedule
Spring practices continue through April 30. 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 are scheduled to take place at Roos Field. Scrimmages also take place on the red Sprinturf surface at the "Inferno" in Cheney, Wash.
April 16 - Practice, 4 p.m.
April 18 - Scrimmage, approx. 2 p.m., Roos Field
April 21 - Practice, 4 p.m.
April 22 - Practice (no pads), 4:30 p.m.
April 23 - Practice, 4 p.m.
April 25 – Red-White Spring Game, 2 p.m., Roos Field
April 28 - Practice, 4 p.m.
April 30 – Practice, 4 p.m.
Eastern is scheduled to also scrimmage on Saturday, April 18 (approximately 2:40 p.m.) at Roos Field. The annual Red-White Game will take place on Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. at Roos Field in conjunction with Eagle Week at EWU and the Orland Killin Lobster Dinner, Dance and Auction.
34th Annual Killin Dinner/Dance/Auction is April 25 at EWU as Part of "Eagle Week"
Tickets are now on sale for the 34th 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 25 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://goeags.com/trads/ewas-eagleweek.html. Any tickets purchased after April 15 will be held at will call at the main entrance. Besides online, tickets may also be obtained by calling 509-359-2463 or 1-800-648-7697.
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.).
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 24, is the 28th Annual Coaches Golf Tournament. The golf tournament takes place at the Fairways Golf Course near Cheney, Wash., at noon, and is sold out.