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(STATS) -- Coach Beau Baldwin has been praising third-ranked Eastern Washingtons defense this season but its been overshadowed by a prolific offense fueled by Gage Gubrud and Cooper Kupp. Cheap Air Max Online .Its hard to overlook what its doing in the FCS playoffs.One of the best defenses of the postseason and one of the best defenses of the regular season will be on the same field Saturday, though No. 13 Youngstown State may have some players suspended as it looks to keep the high-flying Eagles in check at a frigid Roos Field in the FCS national semifinal.Eastern Washingtons offense has received significant attention -- and for good reason. The Eagles (12-1) are first in the FCS in passing yards (403.4), second in total offense (534.7), third in scoring (42.7) and are led by two of the top three vote-getters for the 2016 STATS FCS Walter Payton Award in Gubrud and Kupp. The two were also both named the Big Skys Co-Offensive Player of the Year in leading EWU to a conference title and No. 2 seed for the playoffs.The defense, however, has also been instrumental to the teams success after being a major liability a year ago and has stepped up its play in two playoff games.After allowing season lows in yards (244) and points in a 31-14 second-round win over Central Arkansas, the defense was even better in last Saturdays 38-0 quarterfinal victory over Richmond. The Eagles had six sacks, forced five turnovers and permitted just 205 yards in recording their first shutout since 2009.Youre always growing, and especially when its only year two of a new defensive coordinator (Jeff Schmedding), you feel like you should be continuing to grow at this point, Baldwin said. I also think there is something to the work ethic they carried through the season, a work ethic in the weight room and health-wise to keep themselves in the right position to have success late in the year. Its a number of factors that have helped lead us to this spot.The defense is vastly improved from a year ago, when it was tied for 118th in the FCS in scoring (39.5 points per game). This year, theyre allowing an average of 25.5 and four EWU defensive players -- linebacker Miquiyah Zamora, safety Zach Bruce, end Samson Ebukam and tackle Jay-Tee Tiuli -- were named to the All-Big Sky first team.The unseeded Penguins (11-3), in the playoffs for the first time since reaching the 2006 semifinals, are also no slouch defensively, ranking seventh in the FCS in points (18.1) and 11th in total yards (313.5). They had three from that unit named to the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference first team in ends Derek Rivers and Avery Moss and safety LeRoy Alexander.The unit will face a much different look than in last Saturdays 30-23 double-overtime win over Wofford. The run-oriented Terriers attempted all of three passes -- a number the Eagles may reach on their first three offensive snaps.Gubrud leads the FCS with 537 attempts and 4,822 passing yards, is second with 45 touchdowns and third in completion percentage at 68.5. The sophomore is also first in the division in total offense with 5,380 yards.He has three receivers that have eclipsed 1,000 yards led by Kupp, who is first in the FCS in yards (1,520), second in receptions (107) and third in TDs (15). The 2015 STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year ranks first in Division I history in receptions (418), receiving yards (6,284) and touchdown receptions (71).The best receiving corps in the FCS also includes fellow seniors Shaq Hill (75 catches, 1,112 yards, 16 TDs) and Kendrick Bourne (76, 1,087, 6).Our defense has been challenged this way before against a number of teams that throw the ball and spread you out, YSU coach Bo Pelini said. ... These guys post some different challenges here and there and are unique in certain ways. Its about getting a good plan together.The Penguins may catch a bit of a break as the weather could dictate Gubruds ability to throw. The forecast in Cheney is a high of 7 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.Were going to approach it that they can run their offense, Pelini said, and plan B is if it becomes really difficult out there, what are our answers then if it becomes more of a running situation.Ideally, the Penguins will be at full strength for facing an offense like the Eagles but they could be without some key contributors.The school hasnt confirmed a report that some YSU players will be suspended after testing positive for an unidentified substance following the teams second-round win over Jacksonville State. Its also uncertain if Martin Ruiz will face any more punishment after his arrest last week on a gun charge. He spent a night in jail and only got in for one play in the second half against Wofford.Ruiz (1,153) and Jody Webb (1,200) are the only 1,000-yard runners in the MVFC. Ruiz also tops the MVFC with 12 rushing touchdowns and Webb is second in the league with an average of 6.3 yards per carry.Hunter Wells threw a season-high three touchdown passes last week as Youngstown State was able to overcome three missed field goals. The junior quarterback was playing in his seventh game and the Penguins are averaging 38.8 points during a five-game winning streak since losing at North Dakota State.The Eagles lone loss came to the top-seeded Bison, falling 50-44 in overtime. The teams have one other common opponent, as EWU and Youngstown each beat Northern Iowa by four points.The only other time YSU and EWU met was in the 1997 semifinals, when the Jim Tressel-led Penguins won 25-14 and would win the FCS championship a week later.The winner will face either No. 4 North Dakota State or fifth-ranked James Madison in the FCS national championship in Frisco, Texas on Jan. 6. Cheap Air Max 90 . 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CANTON, Ohio -- NFL senior executive Joe Browne, who recently retired after 50 years in the league office, will receive the Pro Football Hall of Fames Ralph Hay Pioneer Award during the induction ceremony Aug. 6.The honor is presented periodically to an individual who has made significant and innovative contributions to professional football.Browne was the longest-serving employee in the league office before retiring in March. He began his career as a 17-year-old college intern in 1965 and soon became a key adviser to Commissioner Pete Rozelle. In 1990, Browne became the leagues first vice president under Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, and was promoted five years later to senior vice president.In 2002, Browne was promoted to executive vice president of communications and government affairs.Joe Browne did a remarkable job representing the NFL during his extraordinary 50-year career with the league office, commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday. I was fortunate to break in as an NFL intern under Joe. It was a terrific education. Joe was always a fierce protector of the shield, a demanding innovator, and he set the standard for effective sports PR. Black Air Max 90. He was a mentor.Browne led the NFLs media relations, public affairs and community relations throughout North America and overseas. He also served as chief liaison for NFL clubs in congressional, military and government agency matters. He has worked the last 49 Super Bowls.Joe Brownes professionalism, trust, and passion for the National Football League over a half-century was critical to shaping the games image and promoting its great growth, Hall of Fame President David Baker said. The NFL has never had a more committed and dedicated employee than Joe, and his immense impact on the league is immeasurable. He is the very definition of the Ralph Hay Pioneer Award.The award is named after the former owner of the Canton Bulldogs whose Hupmobile showroom was the location for the NFLs founding meeting in downtown Canton on Sept. 17, 1920. The most recent recipient was former NFL officiating chief Art McNally in 2012. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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