Wash. college to install red turf on gridiron

Wash. college to install red turf on gridiron
An artist's conception of the EWU football field with red turf.
CHENEY, Wash. (AP) - Taking a cue from Boise State's famous blue turf, the Eastern Washington football program is planning to install red turf on its field in Cheney, Wash.

Former Eastern Washington football star Michael Roos has pledged $500,000 toward the project. He now plays for the Tennessee Titans.

Eastern officials said the red artificial turf will be the first in the nation. They hope to have it installed for the 2010 season. The Eagles' colors are red and white.

Woodward Field has had natural grass since it was built in 1967.

Roos played at Eastern from 2001-04, and ended his football career with 35 straight starts. Roos was drafted in the second round (41st pick overall) by Tennessee in the 2005 draft.