The 2014 FCS season kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET Aug. 23 with Eastern Washington playing host to Sam Houston State. Among the players to watch are EWU preseason All-America quarterback Vernon Adams, while tackle Donald Jackson III anchors the Bearkats' offensive line.

NCAA.com will be highlighting EWU and SHSU as the schools countdown to kickoff -- and follow on Twitter with #FCSKickoff:

Vernon Adams 'grateful' to be with Eagles

 
The Spokeman-Review highlighted the Eastern Washington quarterback's heightened maturity level.
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Five more questions with Beau Baldwin

 

NCAA.com caught up with the Eastern Washington head coach one more time before Saturday's game.
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Five questions with Beau Baldwin

NCAA.com caught up with the Eastern Washington head coach before Saturday's game.
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