Jalen Moore rushes for 61 yards as preseason practices end with windy scrimmage for Eagles prior to trip to face No. 7 Oregon
If it’s windy, smoky and dusty in Eugene, Ore., the Eagles will be ready.
The defense held the offense to a pair of field goals, but junior running back Jalen Moore rushed for 61 yards to highlight Eastern Washington University’s 41-play scrimmage Saturday (Aug. 29) at smoky, windy and dusty Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.
“The conditions were definitely less than ideal,” said Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin, who cut the scrimmage short and previously has had to move two practices because of smoky conditions. “Sometimes there are things that are out of your control. We moved a couple of practices and we’ll always put safety first. We just deal with it.”
The scrimmage ended the preseason for the Eagles, who play at Oregon next Saturday (Sept. 5) at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. Eastern will resume practices on Monday in preparation for the seventh-ranked Ducks, whose starting quarterback is expected to be former two-time Eagle All-American Vernon Adams Jr.
As expected, Baldwin rested most of his team’s starters – including quarterback Jordan West. The scrimmage served mostly to solidify the team’s depth and 70-player roster to Eugene, as well as give the Eagles a better idea of players they will utilize on special teams.
Plus, the scrimmage allowed the Eagles to get more accustomed to the hurry-up offense they’ll face – most notably the Ducks, but also many of EWU’s other upcoming opponents in the 2015 season.
“There was an element of building depth and there were some final decisions in deciding our 70-man roster,” Baldwin said. “And we also used it for needed reps – Jalen Moore needed some carries. It was a combination of needed reps by veterans and other players we are evaluating.”
But with winds and dust picking up as the scrimmage went along – helping clear out the smoky air caused by area wildfires -- the defense held the offense to 203 yards. Moore, listed as a co-starter with Jabari Wilson on Eastern’s depth chart, carried eight times with a long of 18.
Eastern rushed for a total of 115 yards, a week after finishing with a net of just 32 yards on 33 carries in EWU’s first scrimmage of preseason practices. Gage Gubrud led the offense to a pair of scoring drives – eight plays for 32 yards that ended with a 43-yard field goal by Tyler McNannay and 10 plays for 66 yards ended with a 26-yard field goal by Brandyn Bangsund.
Gubrud finished 6-of-11 through the air for 58 yards, and freshman redshirt Jayson Williams had three catches for 28 yards. A trio of players had four tackles each, including freshman redshirt linebacker Alek Kacmarcik, who may start versus the Ducks in his debut as an Eagle.
Cheney’s own Keenan Williams had a sack, as did cornerback Asan Neil-Evergin. Sophomore John Kreifels intercepted a pass.
FG Tyler McNannay 43
FG Brandyn Bangsund 26
RUSHING: Jalen Moore 8-61, Colin Cossette 1-28, Ashanti Kindle 4-22, Malcom Williams Jr. 5-7, Gage Gubrud 1-6, Reilly Hennessey 1-0, Team 1-minus-9, Team Totals 21-115.
PASSING: Gage Gubrud 6-of-11-58, Reilly Hennessey 5-of-9-30-1 interception, Team Totals 11-of-20-88 yards-1interception.
RECEIVING: Jayson Williams 3-28, Malcolm Williams Jr. 2-30, Stu Stiles 2-10, Zach Eagle 1-9, Ashanti Kindle 1-5, Jayce Gilder 1-3, Michael Yea 1-3, Team Totals 11-88.
TACKLES LEADERS: Alek Kacmarcik 4, Trevor Davis 4, Jake Gall 4, Keenan Williams 4, Nick Foerstel 3, Andre Katzenberger 3, Moe Roberts 3, D’londo Tucker 3.
INTERCEPTIONS: John Kreifels.
SACKS: Keenan Williams, Asan Neil-Evergin.
PASSES BROKEN UP: Nzuzi Webster 2, Victor Gamboa.
QUARTERBACK HURRIES: None.
FUMBLES RECOVERED: Keenan Williams
FUMBLES FORCED: None.
Coaches Shows Start Monday, With Live Shows Taking Place at Northern Quest Beginning Sept. 7
EWU Coaches Shows featuring head football coach Beau Baldwin will begin for the 2015-16 sports season with a special preseason edition on Monday (Aug. 31) at 6 p.m. on 700-AM ESPN. Besides Baldwin, new defensive coordinator Jeff Schmedding and quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator Zak Hill will be on the show.
Starting Monday, Sept. 7, the shows will take place live at Northern Quest Resort and Casino, starting with video sessions with Baldwin at 5:30 p.m. at the Impulse Club at Northern Quest. Baldwin will show video from the previous game and provide commentary prior to his appearance on the Eagle Coaches Show at 6 p.m., live on 700-AM ESPN.
Larry Weir and Paul Sorensen will host the Coaches Show, which regularly feature Baldwin, players and assistant coaches. Because of Eastern’s bye on the schedule, the show on Oct. 5 will not take place at Northern Quest, but the broadcast on radio will feature other EWU coaches and staff.
Northern Quest is located at 100 N. Hayford Road in Airway Heights. From downtown Spokane, take exit 277 off I-90 and follow Highway 2 for 4.4 miles, then turn right on Hayford Road and follow for 1.0 miles. From Cheney, take exit 272 off I-90 and follow WA-902 toward Medical Lake for just 0.3 miles. Take a right on Geiger Blvd., followed by a quick left on Hayford Road and follow for 4.4 miles.
Once the football season concludes, the Coaches Shows will switch to basketball and take place at the Swinging Doors in North Spokane. The basketball shows feature head men’s coach Jim Hayford, players and assistant coaches. The Swinging Doors is located at W. 1018 Francis in Spokane.
As part of a new three-year agreement, the first EWU game broadcast on 700-AM ESPN will take place on Sept. 5 when EWU plays at Oregon at 5 p.m. The pre-game shows begin one hour prior to kickoff, and the broadcast will also include an expanded post-game show.
Weir will return for his 25th season as the voice of the Eagles in football, having broadcast all but one of EWU’s 286 games in that span. Serving as analysts at various times during the season will be Paul Sorensen, Keith Osso and Mike Peterson, with Osso also serving as sideline reporter on occasion. Weir, the reigning State of Washington Broadcaster of the Year, will also handle basketball play-by-play duties for a 23rd season.
Programming on 700-AM ESPN may also be heard via the internet http://www.700espn.com or http://www.tunein.com) and via mobile phone app (Search for “700 ESPN” and download app. An app is also available for tunein radio).
With a string of 10-straight sellouts in the regular season, @EWUFootball single-game tickets go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m.
With more sellout crowds expected this year, single-game tickets for the 2015 Eastern Washington University Football season will go on sale to the general public this Tuesday (Sept. 1) at 10 a.m. Pacific time.
Adult tickets start at $20 while tickets for kids ages 3-12 and senior citizens (65-and-up) start at $10. The Eagles have five home games at Roos Field this season, highlighted by a nonconference game against Montana State on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 1 p.m. Pacific time.
Fans may purchase tickets at http://www.goeags.com/tickets.
Eastern set the school record in 2014 for home attendance with a 9,432 average in 10 home games, breaking the previous record of 8,898 in the 2011 season. Eastern has 22 sellout crowds of 8,600+ in school history and 10-straight in the regular season since 2013.
Here are some other Eastern football notes, with EWU’s season opener next Saturday, Sept. 5, at Oregon. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. Coming off its third-straight Big Sky Conference title, EWU is ranked No. 6 nationally in both the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches Poll and the STATS FCS Poll. Oregon, the runner-up a year ago in the first-ever college playoff in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, is No. 7 in the preseason Associated Press poll for FBS schools.