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EWU Football Schedule Set, Three Eags Named Pre-Season All-Americans

Cooper Kupp was named to a STATS Pre-Season All-American and will look to lead the Eags in 2015. (Photo: EWU) Cooper Kupp was named to a STATS Pre-Season All-American and will look to lead the Eags in 2015. (Photo: EWU)

by EWU Athletics

CHENEY, Wash. -- Game times for all 11 Eastern Washington University football games have been set, including all five home games at Roos Field for the 2015 season.

Eastern’s home opener on Sept. 19 against Montana State – a non-conference game -- will begin at 1:05 p.m. Pacific time and be televised live regionally by ROOT Sports. Eastern’s home game on Oct. 31 versus Weber State and Nov. 14 at Montana will also be televised by ROOT, and will start at 12:05 p.m., but could be moved to 12:35 p.m. once ROOT’s NBA schedule is finalized.

Eastern’s other three home games – Cal Poly (1:05 p.m. on Oct. 10), Northern Arizona (3:05 p.m. on Nov. 7) and Portland State (2:05 p.m. on Nov. 21) will be televised regionally by SWX.

Eastern athletic director Bill Chaves said EWU likes to play early-season home games in the evening to take advantage of more pleasant weather. But that wasn’t possible with this year’s schedule, which includes 10 opponents at the NCAA Football Championship level, as well as the school’s opener against  last year’s NCAA Bowl Championship Series runner-up Oregon.

"All of our times are now dictated by contractual obligations,” explained Chaves. “We know that kickoffs later in the day may be more desirable early in the season, but that wasn’t an option this year. We do know our game-day environment will be exciting and fun for our fans, no matter what time the games begin.”

Below is a complete schedule with game times. Season ticket information is available at: http://www.goeags.com/tickets

Date - Opponent - Site - Time -
Saturday, Sept. 5 - at ^Oregon - Eugene, Ore. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 12 - at ~Northern Iowa - Cedar Falls, Iowa - 2 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 19 - =$Montana State - Cheney, Wash. - 1:05 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 26 - at *Sacramento State - Sacramento, Calif. - 6:05 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 3 - Open
Saturday, Oct. 10 - *%~Cal Poly - Cheney, Wash. - 1:05 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 17 - at *Idaho State - Pocatello, Idaho - 1:35 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 24 - at *Northern Colorado - Greeley, Colo. - 12:35 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 31 - *+$Weber State - Cheney, Wash. - 12:05 p.m. (could be 12:35)
Saturday, Nov. 7 - *#~Northern Arizona - Cheney, Wash. - 3:05 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 14 - at *$Montana - Missoula, Mont. - 12:05 p.m. (could be 12:35)
Saturday, Nov. 21 - *&~Portland State - Cheney, Wash. - 2:05 p.m.


*Big Sky Conference Game. ^Televised by the Pac-12 Networks. $Televised live regionally by Root Sports. ~Televised regionally by SWX digital 6.2 in Spokane/Cheney/Sandpoint/Lewiston, 23.3 in Yakima and 25.3 in the Tri-Cities; also via Comcast 306/112 (Spokane); Davis Cable 514/81.2/12 (Cheney); Time Warner 306 (Coeur d’Alene & Pullman/Moscow); Charter 287 (Tri-Cities/Yakima), Cable One 466 (Lewiston) and Northland Cable 115 (Moses Lake & Sandpoint).

=Fan Red Out Day. %Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame Day and Cancer Awareness Day. +Trick or Treat Day. #Homecoming and Military/Veterans Appreciation Day. &Senior Day and Fan Black Out Day.

All Times Pacific – most games start 5-7 minutes after the top or bottom of the hour. TIMES ARE TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE CALL 509-359-6334 or 1-800-648-7697 FOR CHANGES.

Three Eags Named Pre-Season All-Americans

CHENEY, Wash. -- With all three originally hailing from east of the Cascade Mountains, a trio of offensive standouts from the Eastern Washington University football team have been selected to the 2015 STATS FCS Preseason All-America Team.

Junior wide receiver Cooper Kupp, a consensus All-American his first two seasons in the program, was named to the first team. Senior offensive guard Aaron Neary was a second-team choice and senior offensive tackle Clay DeBord was on the third team. Kupp is a 2012 graduate of Davis High School in Yakima, Wash.; Neary is a 2011 graduate of Hanford HS in Richland, Wash.; and Debord is a 2011 graduate of Asotin (Wash.) High School.

The three teams consisted of 100 players from 63 FCS schools and 13 leagues. Eastern tied for the fourth-most selections among the schools, while the Big Sky Conference had the second-most among leagues with 15.

Kupp has averaged a touchdown reception every 5.3 catches in his career, with totals of 197 receptions for 3,122 yards and 37 touchdowns. He is just nine TDs behind the school and Big Sky record of 46 held by Eric Kimble (2002-05). Kupp has scored at least once in 24 of the 28 career games he has played, with 15 performances of at least eight catches and 15 with at least 100 receiving yards.

Neary was a first team All-Big Sky Conference selection in 2014 and earned second team All-America honors from Beyond Sports Network. DeBord was a honorable mention all-league pick as a junior, and a second-team choice as a sophomore. Neary started all 13 games he played last season in his first year as a starter. DeBord was a starter in all 14 Eagle games to increase his career total to a team-best 41.

Together on the left side of the line in 2014, Neary and DeBord were the team’s co-offensive players of the week after helping EWU rush for 224 yards and finish with 582 total yards in a 52-51 win at Montana State (9/20/14).

They helped lead Eastern’s offense to new heights in 2014, especially on the scoreboard. For the first time in school history, Eastern scored at least 50 points in six games, including outings of 56, 54, 52, 52, 56 and 56. Only once previously in school history – 105 previous years – has EWU scored 50 or more three times. The Eagles were first in FCS in scoring offense (44.1 per game) and first downs (361 total), second in passing efficiency (163.52), third in total offense (513.4) and second in passing offense (328.2).

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