EWU heads into season without Eric Barriere

As the Eastern Washington Eagles prepare for the 2022 campaign, they will be without quarterback Eric Barriere, reigning Walter Payton Award winner.

SPOKANE, Wash. — The 2022 Big Sky Kickoff took place in Spokane at the Davenport Grand on Monday.

As the Eastern Washington Eagles prepare for the 2022 campaign, they will be without quarterback Eric Barriere, reigning Walter Payton Award winner.

“It will not be a one-person elevator. It has to be carried by several people,” said head coach Aaron Best. “We all have to help. We all need to put some weight on our backs and be able to carry each other until we get up to speed.”

“I think a lot of guys in the team are up for the challenge and we’re glad that’s the case. It’s just going to bring out the best in us,” said redshirt junior wide receiver Freddie Roberson.

There will be a quarterback fight on the way to fall camp. For now, redshirt senior Gunner Talkington has the upper hand to be QB one.

“His intention after Eric would leave after fall 2021 was to apply for the starting job. He did that and did it well. So he’s going to go into camp as the one,” Best said. “Gunner is aware of things that everyone else is aware of. He just has to be the best version of himself, the best player he can be.”

“We’ve got three, four great QBs back there, so it’s just going to be a really good QB fight at fall camp,” Roberson said. “All of these guys have different flavors in their game and they bring something good with them.”

With the offense not being as stable this season as it has been in recent years, defense may need to play a bigger role.

The unit is prepared for this.

“Honestly, I think the defense is going to make a big statement this year,” said Anthony Smith, the Redshirts’ senior defenseman. “We have a lot of seniors coming back and experience. I have a feeling that will play a big role in getting the offense back on the ball. So they are able to produce as they will produce. I have a feeling that this year with the experience we gained on the return, the defense will make a statement and Eastern will be known not only for offense but also for defense.

Eastern Washington is in the middle of Big Sky’s preseason surveys. Both the coaching and media polls predict the Eagles will finish this season in 6th place.

The Eagles open the season Saturday, September 3 against Tennessee State at Roos Field.

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