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Kupp’s star shines bright but Bourne, Hill, give EWU unstoppable aura

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Gerald Alexander uses a basketball analogy when describing how to slow down Eastern Washington’s explosive offense. In Montana State secondary coach’s parallel, he uses the example of the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

EWU All-American wide receiver Cooper Kupp is LeBron James. Alexander knows the all-time leader in Division I history in yards and touchdowns is going to get his stats when Eastern comes to Bobcat Stadium on Saturday. Kupp has produced against every single team he’s played during his decorated four-year career. Like when an NBA team plays the Cavs, LeBron James will stuff the stat sheet. You just can’t let this supporting cast cut you to the core, Alexander said.

“LeBron is going to get his. You don’t want the other people to kill you,” Alexander said. “When you get those guys involved and this guy starts being successful and that guy gets four touchdowns, this guy gets four touchdowns, that guy gets 170 yards…It’s really about not letting those other guys take advantage of the one-on-one coverage they do get. It’s tough. That’s why those guys are rolling the way they have been.”

Gerald Alexander uses a basketball analogy when describing how to slow down Eastern Washington’s explosive offense. In Montana State secondary coach’s parallel, he uses the example of the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

EWU All-American wide receiver Cooper Kupp is LeBron James. Alexander knows the all-time leader in Division I history in yards and touchdowns is going to get his stats when Eastern comes to Bobcat Stadium on Saturday. Kupp has produced against every single team he’s played during his decorated four-year career. Like when an NBA team plays the Cavs, LeBron James will stuff the stat sheet. You just can’t let this supporting cast cut you to the core, Alexander said.

“LeBron is going to get his. You don’t want the other people to kill you,” Alexander said. “When you get those guys involved and this guy starts being successful and that guy gets four touchdowns, this guy gets four touchdowns, that guy gets 170 yards...It’s really about not letting those other guys take advantage of the one-on-one coverage they do get. It’s tough. That’s why those guys are rolling the way they have been.”

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About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.

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