With Co-Captains Selected, Eagles Scrimmage Saturday Morning

With Co-Captains Selected, Eagles Scrimmage Saturday Morning

Eagles will end second week of preseason practices with situational scrimmage, starting at about 9:45 a.m. at Roos Field and concluding with autographs on “Meet the Eagles Day”

Roos Field will once again be filled with football action, as four new Eastern Washington University co-captains lead the Eagles in their first scrimmage of preseason practices this Saturday morning (Aug. 22) in Cheney, Wash.

On “Meet the Eagles Day,” Eastern will hit the field at 9:15 a.m., and begin the situational scrimmage with special teams work at approximately 9:45. The regular portion of the scrimmage will start at about 10 a.m.

Eastern has been practicing since Aug. 12 in preparation for the team’s opener on Sept. 5 at Oregon. But Friday (Aug. 21) will mark the team’s first practice of the season on the red turf at Roos Field.

“We’ll cover as many scenarios as we do in practices, but on Saturday we’ll get to do it with officials,” said head coach Beau Baldwin, who will also have coaches in the pressbox communicating to the field like in normal games.

The scrimmage will conclude by allowing fans onto the field to meet the team, take photos and get autographs. Eastern’s 2015 football schedule poster will be available, and Eastern’s volleyball team and cheerleaders will also be on hand to greet fans and sign autographs.

In addition, football season tickets will be available for pick-up under the EWU tent located next to the flag pole on the field level of Roos Field.

Baldwin announced earlier in the week Eastern’s four co-captains for the 2015 season, including senior defensive back Todd Raynes, senior offensive guard Aaron Neary, junior linebacker Miquiyah Zamora and junior wide receiver Cooper Kupp. All four are products of the state of Washington – Raynes is from Kenmore and is a 2011 graduate of Inglemoor High School; Neary is from Richland and graduated from Hanford HS in 2011; Zamora is from Pasco and is a 2012 graduate of Chiawana HS and Kupp is a 2012 graduate of Davis HS in Yakima.

Raynes finished his injury-plagued 2014 season with 38 tackles and a team-leading three interceptions, giving him 97 tackles in his 34-game career (14 as a starter). Raynes is slated to start at rover this season.

Zamora earned honorable mention All-Big Sky honors a year ago after ranking No. 2 on the team in tackles with 102, and also had 1 1/2 sacks, an interception, three passes broken up, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He has 156 tackles in 29 career games thus far, and enters the 2015 season with the most starts among returning defensive players with 22.

The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Neary is one of five seniors on this year’s offensive line, which averages 299 pounds per man. He was a first-team all-league pick and second team All-America selection in 2014 while starting 13 games in the 2014 season.

Kupp set EWU’s single season school record for receptions with 104 (previously held by his wide receiver’s coach, Nicholas Edwards), and as a freshman set the school and Big Sky records with 21 touchdown receptions on 93 catches for 1,691 yards. Already with six FCS records, four school marks and a Big Sky record to his name, Kupp has averaged a TD reception for every 5.3 catches so far in his career and has scored at least once in 24 of 28 games he has played (all as a starter).

In addition to being named team captains, Kupp and Neary were selected to two more preseason All-America teams recently. Kupp was selected to the first team by College Sports Madness, and Neary earned second team accolades. Both were also preseason All-Americans as selected by HERO Sports.

 


Bo Levi Mitchell named a Canadian Football League Top Performer for Week 8

Former Eagle and current Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell created four touchdowns in an Aug. 15 win over Ottawa and was named one of the CFL’s Shaw Top Performers for Week 8 of the 2015 season.
Mitchell completed 17-of 25-passes (68 percent) for 248 yards and threw a pair of touchdowns in against the REDBLACKS. The native of Katy, Texas, also ran for a pair of touchdowns, and will play again on Aug. 22 against the Saskatchewan Roughriders on ESPN3 at 4 pm Pacific time.

Mitchell, the MVP of the 102nd Grey Cup last season, currently sits third in the league in passing yards with 1,865 while completing 64.4 percent of his passes with nine touchdown passes. While at Eastern Washington, Mitchell was selected as the winner of the Walter Payton Award given to the top player in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision during the 2011 season.

The CFL is the highest level of competition in Canadian gridiron football. It was founded on January 19, 1958 and currently has nine teams in nine cities. After a 20-week regular season, six teams will compete in three-week divisional playoffs for the 103rd Grey Cup presented by Shaw this November in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Grey Cup Championship is Canada’s largest annual sports and television event.

 
 
 

List 2015 Preseason Individual Honors Thus Far

#10 - Cooper Kupp - WR/PR - Jr. - Yakima, Wash. (Davis HS ’12)
2015 Team Co-Captain
FCS Offensive Player of the Year Award Watch List (STATS/one of 22 players selected)
First Team Preseason FCS All-America Team (STATS)
First Team Preseason FCS All-America Team (College Sports Madness)
First Team Preseason FCS All-America Team (HERO Sports)
“FCS Starting Lineup” Preseason FCS All-America Team (College Football America)
“Fabulous 50” Preseason FCS All-America Team (College Sporting News)
Big Sky Conference Preseason Offensive MVP
Big Sky Conference Preseason Offensive Player of the Year (College Sports Madness)
Big Sky Conference Preseason All-Conference Team
First Team Big Sky Conference Preseason All-Conference Team/WR (College Sports Madness)
First Team Big Sky Conference Preseason All-Conference Team/PR (College Sports Madness)

#72 - Aaron Neary - OG - Sr. - Richland, Wash. (Hanford HS ’11)
2015 Team Co-Captain
First Team Preseason FCS All-America Team (HERO Sports)
Second Team Preseason FCS All-American (STATS)
Second Team Preseason FCS All-America Team (College Sports Madness)
Big Sky Conference Preseason All-Conference Team
First Team Big Sky Conference Preseason All-Conference Team (College Sports Madness)

#78 - Clay DeBord - OT - Sr. - Asotin, Wash. (Asotin HS ’11)
Third Team Preseason FCS All-American (STATS)
Big Sky Conference Preseason All-Conference Team
First Team Big Sky Conference Preseason All-Conference Team (College Sports Madness)

#91 - Samson Ebukam - DE - Jr. - Portland, Ore. (David Douglas HS ’13)
Big Sky Conference Preseason All-Conference Team
First Team Big Sky Conference Preseason All-Conference Team (College Sports Madness)

#1 - Shaq Hill - WR/KR - Sr. - Stockton, Ca. (Brookside Chr.  HS ‘11)
Second Team Big Sky Conference Preseason All-Conference Team (College Sports Madness)

#49 - Miquiyah Zamora - LB - Jr. - Pasco, Wash. (Chiawana HS ’12)
2015 Team Co-Captain
Second Team Big Sky Conference Preseason All-Conference Team (College Sports Madness)

#94 - Matthew Sommer - NT - Jr. - Salem, Ore. (West Salem HS ’13)
Third Team Big Sky Conference Preseason All-Conference Team (College Sports Madness)

#27 - Victor Gamboa - CB - So. - Tacoma, Wash. (Washington HS ’13)
Third Team Big Sky Conference Preseason All-Conference Team (College Sports Madness)

#9 - Zach Wimberly - TE - Jr. - Tumwater, Wash. (Tumwater HS ’12)
Third Team Big Sky Conference Preseason All-Conference Team (College Sports Madness)

#50 - Alek Kacmarcik - LB - Fr. - Woodinville, Wash. (Woodinville HS ‘14)
Big Sky Conference Preseason Freshman of the Year (College Sports Madness)

#4 - Todd Raynes - DB - 6-2 - 210 - Sr. - Kenmore, Wash. (Inglemoor HS '11)
2015 Team Co-Captain

Head Coach Beau Baldwin
Big Sky Conference Preseason Coach of the Year (College Sports Madness)

 

EWU in National Preseason Rankings

6th (STATS) . . . also #1 North Dakota State, #2 Illinois State, #3 Sam Houston State, #4 Villanova, #5 Coastal Carolina, #10 Northern Iowa, #11 Montana State, #13 Montana, #22 Idaho State, #28 Cal Poly, #32 Northern Arizona.

6th (Coaches) . . . also #1 North Dakota State, #2 Illinois State, #3 Villanova, #4 Sam Houston State, #5 Coastal Carolina, #10 Northern Iowa, #11 Montana State, #12 Montana, #24 Idaho State, #29 Cal Poly, #30 Northern Arizona.

5th (Sporting News) . . . also, #1 North Dakota State, #2 Sam Houston State, #3 Illinois State, #4 Villanova, #9 Montana State, #11 Northern Iowa, #13 Idaho State, #15 Montana, #22 Northern Arizona.

8th (Lindy’s College Football) . . . also, #1 North Dakota State, #2 Villanova, #3 Sam Houston State, #4 Illinois State, #11 Montana State, #14 Northern Iowa, #16 Montana.

6th (Athlon College Football) . . . also, #1 North Dakota State, #2 Illinois State, #3 Sam Houston State, #4 Jacksonville State, #5 Villanova, #11 Northern Iowa, #13 Montana State, #17 Montana, #18 Idaho State, #24 Cal Poly.

 
 

2014 Team Rankings

The Sports Network (FINAL): 1. North Dakota State; 2. Illinois State; 3. New Hampshire; 4. Eastern Washington; 6. Sam Houston State, 13. Montana; 20. Montana State; 24. Idaho State.

FCS Coaches Poll (FINAL): 1. North Dakota State; 2. Illinois State; 3. New Hampshire; 4. Eastern Washington; 6. Sam Houston State, 11. Montana; 20. Montana State.

 

 

2015 Big Sky Conference Preseason Polls (first place votes in parenthesis)

Media: 1. Eastern Washington (17) – 553; 2. Montana State (17) – 541; 3. (tie) Montana (5) & Idaho State (5) – 446; 5. Cal Poly (1) – 433; 6. Northern Arizona (1) – 399; 7. Sacramento State – 278; 8. Southern Utah – 255; 9. North Dakota – 226; 10. Weber State – 160; 11. UC Davis – 145; 12. Portland State – 133; 13. Northern Colorado – 127.

Coaches: 1. Montana State (6) – 134; 2. Eastern Washington (6) – 133; 3. Montana (1) – 121; 4. Cal Poly – 111; 5. Northern Arizona – 95; 6. Idaho State – 90; 7. Sacramento State – 66; 8. Southern Utah – 64; 9. (tie) Portland State & North Dakota – 51; 11. Weber State – 43; 12. UC Davis – 33; 13. Northern Colorado – 22.

 
 
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