Hey who is that Griz and other stuff

The trip to Ronan on Saturday reminded me of any other trip I’ve made up 93 to watch a Montana Grizzlies’ football scrimmage. Cold. Windy. Little offense. I mentioned in my story notes that two other trips north netted some pretty dismal passing numbers. The exception was 2008 in Polson: Cole Bergquist, Andrew Selle, Jeff [...]

Griz just need maybe a couple little kicks

One of the more dangerous words in the sports is “potential,” but after a couple handfuls of Griz spring football practices, I see a team that is potentially much better in all three areas than the one that went 5-6 in 2012. I’m not the only one. “I really do,” said Mick Delaney, whose first [...]

Spring break and No. 8s

While the Montana Grizzlies gear up for their final spring football practice before spring break, here’s a story about how a young but capable group of receivers has looked so far. In my mind the Griz haven’t had so many unproven wide outs in maybe 25 years. This may be a reason Coach Mick Delaney [...]

Experienced verging on great

Saturday’s scrimmage, coming as it did on the fourth practice of spring drills, ended with the Montana Grizzlies’ defense ahead of their offense. That’s normal. But there is a chance that this defense, with 10 starters back from a group that got better as the season went on – and I’m including the record-setting North [...]

Griz verbal list (with tweaks)

With the loss of Gunnar Brekke I’m guessing the Griz had to go out and find another DB (which is what I suspected Brekke was going to play at UM), and they found one – Chris Parker, a hard-hitting corner out of the same high school that gave the UM Matt Hermanson.* Highlights are easy [...]

Griz verbals, with details

An alert reader pointed out that while I wrote Friday that Marquin Russell was the 10th verbal commitment for the Montana Grizzlies’ 2013 football signing class, I didn’t name the other nine. Below is my list so far, with whatever detail I was able to dig up on each player. Some of these guys are [...]

A curiously long Cat-Griz TIWIW

News flash, Griz fans. You didn’t have Johnny Manziel out there. In fact, Jordan Johnson was no Johnny Manziel — at least not after that Sac State loss in 2011, am I right? But in 2012 there was no Jordan Johnson, either, and so the Montana Grizzlies came at the world with Trent McKinney and Shay Smithwick-Hann [...]

One more game

While some hold out hope that a big Montana Grizzly victory in Saturday’s Brawl of the Wild will mean an FCS playoff berth, this is likely the last game of UM’s season. The Sports Network’s Craig Haley notes there will be many 7-, 8- and even possibly a 10-win team that won’t make the 20-team [...]

Player exchange

In Friday’s Missoulian, ahead of Saturday’s 112th Cat-Griz game, we have point and counterpoint of players plucked from the other school’s backyard: Cody Kirk and Brock Coyle. Both are juniors. And while Bill Speltz’s feature on Kirk notes that the Frenchtown product could meet up with long-time buddy Jordan Tripp, a Montana Grizzly linebacker, there’s another guy that [...]

It’s pretty much official: I tweet too much

Check out this item, which has already made Deadspin.com, on how the University of Washington has tried to bring in-game updates from sports writers in check. I’d have had no idea of this unless Todd Dybas, a writer for the Tacoma News-Tribune, hadn’t been reprimanded for going over his 20 allowed tweets during a recent [...]