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Darius Jackson is getting a second chance with Dallas.

The Cowboys drafted Jackson, a running back and former Eastern Michigan standout, in the sixth round in 2016. He was waived, then claimed by the Browns on Dec. 14, 2016. Cleveland waived him May 3 after he spent 2017 on injured reserve (knee). On May 29, he re-signed with Dallas. Jackson, a 6-foot, 222-pounder from Sparta, Ill., has yet to be in a regular-season game.

Other updates on Eagles:

* When Tampa Bay rookies report July 25, three of coach Chris Creighton's former players will be on the roster. Pat O'Connor played last year as a defensive end with the Bucs after having been a seventh-round pick of the Lions in 2017. Offensive tackle Cole Gardner has two seasons' experience and was a free agent, and wide receiver Sergio Bailey signed this spring as a free agent. O'Connor was in three games last year and had no stats.

* Running back Bronson Hill was waived by the Cardinals on May 11 after two seasons. Playing with the Jaguars also, he had three carries for 9 yards overall.

* Andrew  Wylie, an offensive tackle, is with the Chiefs.

* Quarterback Brogan Roback signed a three-year Browns deal after not being picked.

Quick hitters 

* Creighton is the highest-paid person at EMU, with president James Smith second. A story in The Detroit News said Creighton has a contract that will pay him $460,000 in 2018, plus bonuses. The deal will max out at $500,000, plus bonuses, in 2022, his final season, the report said. An Associated Press story said Smith signed a five-year deal in 2016 for $400,000 yearly, with 10 percent annual performance-based bonuses.

* Coastal Carolina, in Conway, S.C., will play host to EMU on Aug. 31, 2019. It went 3-9 in 2017, its first FBS season. Its nickname is the Chanticleers, and it is in the Sun Belt Conference.

* Eastern has announced its captains; all are seniors – running back Blake Banham, right guard Jimmy Leatiota, defensive lineman Jeremiah Harris (Bedford) and linebacker Kyle Rachwal (Lapeer East). Harris was a 2017 captain. Banham walked on.

 * When former EMU and Lions quarterback Charlie Batch was inducted to the MAC Hall of Fame on May 30, another inductee was Orel Hershiser, the standout Dodgers right-hander. He played at Bowling Green.

CMU could start 6-7 sophomore QB

Eastern isn't the only team looking for a new quarterback starter, with Roback gone.

Central Michigan, which visits the Eagles on Nov. 3, already has a candidate to succeed Shane Morris, who passed for 3,237 yards, throwing 27 touchdown passes with 17 interceptions, last season. Coach John Bonamego said after spring practice sophomore Tony Poljan, a 6-7, 237-pounder from Lansing Catholic, is the front-runner as Morris' replacement.

Bonamego told CMUChippewas.com "Tony really has done a great job. Has a complete command of the offense, has been accurate with his throws. He's a guy that does everything right on and off the field. He's really what you want. ... I think Tony has the clear edge right now. ... He's taken the lion's share of the reps with the (first team) and will continue to do so."

Poljan played in all 13 games last year, completing 13-of-21 passes for 78 yards and rushing 27 times for 133 and a score.

Morris is a free agent.

The Chippewas also have George Pearson arriving; he's a 6-1, 210-pound pro-style QB from Matawan, N.J.

Pearson is a three-star prospect who had offers from Boston College, Purdue and Temple.

CMU offensive coordinator/QB coach Chris Ostrowsky, in his second year, has New Jersey roots as a high school coach and QB, as well as a college QB.

Wassink returns to Broncos

Western Michigan, meanwhile, will get junior QB Jon Wassink back.

He suffered a broken collarbone against EMU last Oct. 21 on a hit by end Maxx Crosby, ending his season; he had completed 64.2 percent of his throws, with 14 TDs and four interceptions. The Broncos were 5-3 at that time.

Then-freshman Royce Goddard took over and was 1-3. Wassink is healed and participated in spring practice.

Eastern will go to Kalamazoo on Oct. 6 for a noon kickoff. 

Extra points

* Eleven of EMU's 29 recruits are from Michigan.

* The Eagles have 18 junior or community college players on their roster. Central Michigan has one; Western doesn't have any.

* Eastern will play at Minnesota on Sept. 9, 2023, and receive $1.4 million guaranteed. It'll be the schools' first meeting. The next game, Sept. 16, will be with Massachusetts at Rynearson Stadium.

* The game Sept. 22 at San Diego State will be shown at 10:30 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network. The Nov. 23 game at Kent State will be carried by ESPNU, CBS Sports Network and ESPN3. There is no kickoff time yet. 

* Other TV games: Sept. 8, at Purdue, noon, Big Ten Network; Sept. 15, at Buffalo, 6, ESPN+; Sept. 29, Northern Illinois, 6, ESPN+; Oct. 20, Ball State, ESPN+. More will be announced.

Take that, Josh

Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen may have been the Bills' top pick, but he was 0-2 against the Eagles, as a reserve and then a starter.

Eastern won at Laramie, 48-29, on Sept. 2, 2015, behind three scoring passes from Roback. Allen was 3-for-4 for 32 yards, with 40 yards on three carries. On Sept. 23, 2016, at Rynearson in EMU's  37-24 win. Allen completed 19-of-24 for 234 with one interception; in eight carries, he gained 2 yards. Ian Eriksen carried 27 times for 120 and a touchdown against the Cowboys.

Art Brooks is a retired Detroit News sports copy editor and former volunteer adviser for the EMU student newspaper, the Eastern Echo.

Opening Night

What: Monmouth vs. Eastern Michigan in each team's first game.

When: Friday, Aug. 31.

Where: Rynearson Stadium.

Kickoff: 6:30.

TV/radio: ESPN+, WEMU 89.1. 

Notable: The Hawks started football in 1993, and Kevin Callahan, 63, has been their only coach. He is 144-118 ... Chris Creighton is 3-1 in openers ... Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan and Lions tight end Hakeem Valles played at Monmouth, which is in West Long Branch, N.J., about 640 miles drive from Ypsilanti. ... Creighton is 2-0 vs. FCS teams, beating Morgan and Mississippi Valley State.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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