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Eastern Ready to Play Cougars for First Time Since 1908

© After beating Idaho in both teams season opener last week, Eastern feels confident going against their second FBS opponent in as many weeks (Photo: SWX) © After beating Idaho in both teams season opener last week, Eastern feels confident going against their second FBS opponent in as many weeks (Photo: SWX)
CHENEY, Wash. -

With a 20-3 win over Idaho in the rearview mirror, the Eastern Eagles turn their attention this week to a team they haven't played in more than 100 years.

Beau Baldwin will take his players to Pullman to play Washington State, who lost their season opener last week to BYU. The Eags have already watched film on WSU and expect a different team to come out in Week 2.

"[WSU looks] good," said Eastern quarterback Kyle Padron. "They struggled a little bit last week, obviously, but they're going to be excited for us to come up and play, and I think they're going to be very much improved from Week 1 to Week 2."

"I think they're a good offense, they have a lot of good athletes on the team and the quarterback can throw the ball," said linebacker Ronnie Hamlin. "It's going to be a challenge. We're going to come out and give them all we got."

"We're going to have a good game plan," added receiver Nicholas Edwards. "We're pretty excited. It's a good opportunity for us to showcase out talent."

For Baldwin, Saturday's game will not be the first time he has had to face a team coached by Mike Leach. Making his head coaching debut at Eastern in 2008, Baldwin and the Eagles opened the season against Texas Tech when Leach was still the coach there. The Red Raiders won the game 49-24.

 

Injury Update

Linebacker J.C. Agen has a pectoral injury and is not expected to play against WSU. He also missed the Idaho game. Demitrius Bronson is listed as probable after sitting out the game in Moscow last week.

 

Interesting Notes

Eastern quarterback Kyle Padron faced Washington State when he was with Southern Methodist in 2010. He passed for 280 yards and four touchdowns, with one rushing touchdown, to lead his team to a 35-21 victory over the Cougars.

Eagles running back Demitrius Bronson was the backup tailback at Washington before he came to Cheney. In 2009, he carried the ball four times for 16 yards in a 30-0 blanking of Washington State.

Eastern Washington punter Jake Miller, from Spokane's Central Valley High School, redshirted at WSU in 2010 before transferring to Eastern. Once on the field for the Eagles, he nearly set a school record with a 44.2 yards average per punt and earned Freshman All-America honors.

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