CHENEY -- The "Washington" in Eastern Washington University really means something on the football field.
Of the 89 players on the Eagles roster this season, 67 are from the Evergreen State. 15 of those Washington players graduated from high schools in our viewing area (from LaCrosse-Washtucna, to Spokane, and all the way to Colville).
Eastern Washington head coach Beau Baldwin says it's all part of his plan. It's not a new idea either. Recruiting players in Washington is a strategy that dates back to EWU head coaches Dick Zornes (1979-1993) and Paul Wulff (2000-2007).
Baldwin says there's a lot of talent in the state, but more importantly, the players quickly build a unique bond. Many of the players haven't played with each other, but they have faced each other on the football field. The players are quick to agree that it's helped build "a brotherhood."
The tradition of recruiting within the state will continue as long as Baldwin is head coach. He's committed to filling 60-to-70 percent of his roster with Washington players every year.
The Eagles play for the FCS National Championship against Delaware on Friday in Frisco, Texas. Kickoff is scheduled for 4pm on ESPN2.
KREM 2 Sports Director Tim Lewis will be with EWU in Texas. He leaves town on Tuesday. Watch for live reports from Frisco starting on Wednesday morning on KREM 2 News. He'll also be blogging on KREM.com and tweeting (follow him @TLKREM2) every day, beginning on Tuesday.