Eagles open Saturday at San Diego State

Updated: August 29, 2003, 2:39 AM ET

CHENEY, Wash. -- Eastern Washington football coach Paul Wulff hasn't decided on a quarterback yet, so Erik Meyer and Skyler Allen will be the "co-starters" when the Eagles open at San Diego State on Saturday.

The game against the Division 1-A Aztecs is the earliest opener in 1-AA Eastern's history.

Meyer, a sophomore, last year completed 70 percent of his passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns as backup to All-American Josh Blankenship. Allen redshirted last year.

In six pre-season scrimmages, both players put up impressive numbers.

"The biggest issue with our football team is that we play well, and not that we play with two quarterbacks," Wulff said. "Our concern is that we are functioning as one with whatever 11 players are out there.

"Both quarterbacks have different styles, so if the players handle it right it will not be an issue. It's going to be an asset," Wulff said.

After playing San Diego State, the Eagles have a second consecutive Division 1-A opponent in Idaho. Only 14 of 122 Division I-AA schools will be playing two I-A teams this season.

The following week, Eastern plays Division II powerhouse Central Washington, a squad that went 11-1 a year ago.

Last year the Eagles opened at Arizona State of the Pacific 10, losing 38-2.

"I feel a lot better going into this year's opener at San Diego State than last year at Arizona State, when we had more than 10 new starters," Wulff said. Eastern has 16 returning starters.

The Eagles were just 6-5 last season, 3-4 in the Big Sky Conference. But their final game was a thrilling 30-21 win over top-ranked and unbeaten Montana.

"I think this team can make a run for the conference championship. We're going to be awfully good," Wulff said.

Wulff also has a battle between running backs Darius Washington and Reggie Witherspoon to see who will get the most carries.

Washington, a senior, rushed for 227 yards as a converted defensive back last year. Witherspoon has played in 19 games the past two seasons as a backup, rushing for 243 yards, a 5.2-per-carry average, and four touchdowns.

"Darius is more of a power runner and Reggie is more finesse," Wulff said. "I think they complement each other and both are going to help this football team."

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