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Th ursday, August 23, 2012 Free Press Section 2 Page 1 les luck fi rast d d with pu Photo by Paul Delaney Punter Jake Miller had a breakout season kn 2011 for the Eagles as a freshman. Coaches hope someone of Miller's caliber is found to replace kicker Mike Jarrett. Eastern looking to find so EWU is hoping some of that same magic An Impressive 16-of-18 (88.9 percent) kick- returns as the Eagles try to replace record-setting ing field goals in the 2011 season, Jarrett will be replacement for Mike Jarrett place-kicker, Mike Jarrett. replaced by either senior Jimmy Pavel or junior "I think we'll continue to watch Jake grow Kevin Miller. Pavel handled kickoff duties for By PAUL DELANEY and blossom," Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin the Eagles in 2011, and Miller held the job the Staff Reporter predicted. "He still has a very high ceiling of how two previous seasons when he also made 2-of-3 ln 2011special teams for the Eastern Washington good he can be." field goals. University football team were fortunate to find a Baldwin said Miller's gotten some big punts "It's going to be tough to fill Mike Jarrett's freshman punter in Central Valley High School and off early in his career, but he can hardly wait until shoes after making nearly 90 percent of his field WashingtonStateUniversitytransferJakeMillerwho he gets more experience. "When he develops his goals last year," Baldwin said. "But we'll have a quickly blossomed, consistency it's going to be special. He already nice competition between Jimmy and Kevin. Miller not only filled the hole left by the gradu- has the big leg, the body and the frame it takes," Pavel and Miller both handled kickoff duties ation of Cameron Zuber but did so in impressive Baldwin said. in the past, but neither of them have had a lot fashion. Jarrett, a guy who Baldwin often said was bet- of field goal experience. "I'm excited about the Miller, who nearly set a school record with a 44.2 ter in games than practice, broke EWU's career battle at the kicker position," Baldwin said. "Even yard average per puntin the 2011 season, was named record for kick scoring (236) and the single season going into last year it was a battle for Mike, so to the College Sports Journal Freshman All-America record for field goals (16). It was his extra-point it's never set in stone." Team and earned honorable mention All-Big Sky that ultimately meant the difference in Eastern's Eastern also returns one of the league's pre- accolades for his sensational debut season. Miller 20-19 come-from-behind victory over Delaware would have ranked third in FCS had he met the in the 2010 Football Championship Subdivision See Special teams page 2 minimum number of punting attempts to qualify, title game. Weir's radio road leads home again Eastern's veteran play-by-play guy stays the course, gets back to old job of calling basketball Photo by Paul Delaney True freshman Cooper Kupp battles another newcomer, Diamonte Wiggins, as he hauled in a pass in last Saturday's Eastern Washington University football scrimmage. Kupp led all receivers with six grabs for 120 yards. This reception came from the arm of yet another freshman, quarterback Jordan West. II First EWU football , provided the first glimpse of which sometimes makes it a little it's the first scrimmage, I've got a lot Southern Methodist University trans- harder to get into a rhythm," Baldwin to work on." scrimmage lets both fer quarterback Kyle Padron and he said. "So I'm happy about that." Adams' internal clock also seemed did not disappoint. Padron, working Baldwin liked the fact that the to need some adjustment, he said..k"I defense, offense show off with the No. 2's on offense, passed for Eagles were able to get some turnovers woke up this morning at 5 a.m., but- 214 yards and a touchdown in a game- and force some stops. " terflies, I don't know whv." By PAUL DELANEY style scripted 1-hour-plus exhibition Even though he's had less than two "Coach (Zak) Hill and coach Bald- Staff Reporter in 90-degree temperatures, weeks of camp to familiarize himself win are giving us both a fair chance," It might sometimes be tough to Junior tailback Demitrius Bron- with things, Padron said he's been in he said. "They're not just giving it to find much of a difference between son rushed for 41 yards and a pair of Cheney all summer and has had that either one of us because I've been here day-to-day fall practice sessions and touchdowns in the 71-play scrimmage, time to learn more. "I thought I was longer." scrimmages leading up to the start of giving the Eagles hope that there just pretty comfortable in the pocket," he Padron's completions included the football season, might be a running game hoping to said. a 55-yard touchdown strike to ju- But for senior defensive lineman stage an escape. "I thought the offense as a whole, nior All-America recmver Brandon Evan Cook, Eastern Washington Uni- In all, Eastern rushed 25 times for we were pretty efficient, I think we Kaufman, who also had a 2-yard TD versity'sfirstscrimmagelastSaturdayat 62 yards and four Eastern quarter- handled every situation coach Bald- reception later in the scrimmage. Roos Field was not just knocking heads backs combined to complete 23-of-46 wm put us in," Padron said. "There's This was Kaufman's first real with friends and teammates, passes for 322 yards, a lot to improve on" he added,contact of fall camp and he liked it. "We have such a big play offense Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin Padron calls the competition be- "It was great, it's been a long time with great running backs, great quarter- always defers to looking at film before tween himself and Vernon Adams, and l haven't been hit in a while," back, great receivers obviously," Cook he makes any broad statements on the "healthy." Each player has gotten Kaufman said. "Ron Hamlin got me said. "So going against them that helps overall progress of his team. But he their share of reps. "He's pushing me pretty good." us; if we can stop them from making big did find elements of both offense and and I'm trying to push him as well," As for the long touchdown play, "It plays I feel we can stop anybody from defense he really liked. Padron said. "He's a little quicker than was a great ball, it couldn't have been making big plays." "I really felt like there was a good I am so I try to keep up." any softer, Kyle throws an incredibly The jury's still deliberating -- on both rhythm in terms of plays being made "We were playing fast today," Ad- deep ball," Kaufman said of his one- sides of the ball - but the offense had its on both sides of the ball, even though ams said. "I wasn't very happy with moments and the defense theirs too. it was a very situational scrimmage the way I played today but you know See Scrimma0e page 8 By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter It's not easy to find Larry Weir at a loss for words, And that's a good thing considering he makes a living with his voice and vocabulary. The secret, however, is to ask what the 51-year- old Weir would be doing if he were not calling play-by-pIay broadcasts for Eastern Washington University football bas- ketball, and a pocket full of other area sports, "I've kind of given it a thought but l have no idea what it would be," Weir said this past Monday . ~when_asked what he might be doing had he not followed the rocky road of radio. "I started doing this when I was 18 years old. and I've never done anything else." That's a good thing considering Weir's weath- ered the storm of recently prospecting out a living in broadcasting, going as far as the gold fields of Nevada to stay in it. But EWU's recent renewal of a two-year broad- casting deal with the KXLY Radio Group retums Weir to his roots- both personally and professionally - as the broadcast voice of all EWU sports. Way back when, before he took his first radio job in Colfax, Weir did have to ponder his future without a microphone in front of his face. When Weir was in high school in Waitsburg he had a neighbor who was a big Washington State University booster and another friend of his parents was the town lawyer. So there was a brief tug-o-war between Wazzu and the Gonzaga School of Law "That was never really a consideration, so to an- swer the question, I have no idea," Weir said of him doing something other than calling play-by-play. So in a business that is fraught with turnover and tumult, Weir has been able to survive -- barely - by being a jack-of-all broadcasting trades the past 32 years. "I'm not just a disc jockey, not just a news guy, there's a lot of different things I can do," Weir said, alluding, perhaps to his ability to be one of the last men standing in a business that is dominated by automation. When Weir broke into the broadcasting biz in 1980 someone had to be in the studio. "Automated stations had not been heard of yet, you had to have somebody there to play the records, somebody had to be there to do the work." Now, Weir said, everything's on computer and there's one station in Spokane where key parts of See Crunch Time page 8 Eastern volleyball will count on Kellerman, Puckett to key success in 2012 Photo by Paul Delaney Senior Cord Kellerman (14) will be one of a number of- leaders for the 2012 Eastern Washington University volleyball team. By PAUL DELANEY State - to Eastern, "that's a big point said as Kydd's team is coming off a motivated to be better this year," are big Staff Reporter difference." 13-15 season that saw the team finish plusses Kydd said Eastern Washington University's Most of the poll response is based fourth in the Big Sky race with a 9-7 Kellerman, a senior from La Conner, head volleyball coach, Miles Kydd, on what happened last year, Kydd league record. Wash. returns after a stellar 2011season is putting much more stock in what explained. As the No. 4 seed in the tourna- that saw her emerge as one of the top he thinks his players will accomplish "It's going to be interesting because ment, the Eagles were pitted against five hitters in the conference. Kellerman versus preseason prognosticators, you don't know what North Dakota's regular-season champion and eventual was twice selected as a Big Sky Player of When told his team had recently like, you don't know what Southern tournament champion Northern Colo- the Week during her junior campaign. been picked to finish third in a poll Utah's like, although you do know rado. The Bears defeated EWU in the "Cord is definitely someone we of fellow Big Sky Conference coaches, North Dakota won their conference." sen'us, 3-0. will be leaning on to be our offensive the fifth-year Eagles' coach said it was What Kydd does know is that So much for last year. His 2012 catalyst," Kydd said. news to him. "I deleted it to be hon- Eastern played Southern Utah and squad has what he called a strong Another senior, Puckett, a local est with you," Kydd said of the email beat them in five games in the UNLV returning base. Eastern returns nine out of Latah, Wash. can hit from sharing the news. "I didn't read it." tournament, letterwinners, which includes five start- both the left and right sides, and like "That's a preseason poll and ob- "I think we didn't add any cannon ers from 2011. In addition, the Eagles Kellerman, she has proved to be an viously somebody thinks we have fodder to ourleague," Kydd said of the have two returning redshirts and four asset on defense. something," Kydd said. When he additions. "The teams that have joined newcomers. Although Puckett and Keller- did take a look at the poll, the drop are good volleyball teams; now we're "ObviouslyCora(Kellerman)beingman are the obvious threats on the off from the top two spots - No. 1 11 deep." first team all-conference and Shelby Northern Colorado and Portland "I don't think it got any easier," he (PuckeR) being second team and being See Volleyball page 8