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Eastern begins fall 2014 season at Minnesota

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Red-shirt junior running back, Shepard Little, runs with the ball against Jacksonville State last season at O'Brien Field. Eastern begins its season at 6 p.m. Thursday against the University of Minnesota at TCF Bank State Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Aldo Soto, Sports Editor

August 27, 2014

The Eastern football team begins its season traveling to the Big Ten’s Minnesota and first-year head coach Kim Dameron knows the Golden Gophers are certainly big. Minnesota’s five starting offensive linemen have an average height and weight of 6-foot-5, 314 pounds. The biggest of the big is red-shirt...

Dameron leads with experiences

Kim Dameron gives a speech to his players at the end of practice on Thursday near O'Brien Field. Dameron enters Thursday's game against Minnesota as a first-time head coach after being the defensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech last year.

Katie Smith, Online Editor

August 26, 2014

When Kim Dameron, Eastern’s head football coach, sets foot on O’Brien Field he is taken back in time. He is a fourth-grader at an Arkansas YMCA playing little league football in pads bigger than his body, his father coaching on the sideline influencing him in a way that would define Dameron’s c...

Lora cut from Vikings, Garoppolo to start

Dominic Renzetti, Assistant Sports Editor

August 25, 2014

Former Eastern wide receiver Erik Lora has been released by the Minnesota Vikings, the team announced on Monday. Lora was one of thirteen players cut by the team on Monday, as NFL rosters have until 3 p.m. Tuesday to trim their rosters to a maximum of 75 players. Lora did not appear in any of the...

Dameron confident in defense

Jason Howell | The Daily Eastern News

Red-shirt junior saftey Jourdan Wickliffe covers red-shirt freshman wide receiver Jack Kwiatkowski during the football team's Monday night practice at O'Brien Field.  Wickliffe was named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference first team last year and was named to the All-OVC team this preseason.

Aldo Soto, Sports Editor

August 25, 2014

The Eastern defense lost starters both in its secondary and defensive line after last year’s 12-2 season. With a new head coach in Kim Dameron came a new defensive philosophy and the need to replace defensive backs Pete Houlihan, Alex McNulty and Nick Beard. Those three seniors from last year’s...

Whitlow, Manley to play quarterback this season

Jason Howell | The Daily Eastern News

Coach Kim Dameron gives a speech to his players at the end of practice on Thursday near O'Brien Field.  The Panthers' first football game is Aug. 28 versus the Minnesota Gophers.

Aldo Soto, Sports Editor

August 24, 2014

Jimmy Garoppolo’s replacement was the biggest question mark for the Eastern football team heading into this season. It will not be red-shirt senior Andrew Manley, who transferred from New Mexico State last year, and it will not be Kentucky transfer Jalen Whitlow. It will be a combination of both...

Garoppolo now playing for backup spot for Patriots

Garoppolo now playing for backup spot for Patriots

Aldo Soto, Sports Editor

August 24, 2014

Jimmy Garoppolo played in his third preseason game with New England and for the third straight week he threw a touchdown pass as the Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers 30-7 on Friday in Foxborough, Mass. After making his NFL debut on Aug. 7 when he threw a touchdown in the fourth quarter to Brian...

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