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  12/03/21 - Cam HumphreyrSr/2022, Montana, 6-1, 201 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Cam Humphrey threw three touchdown passes, including a pair to Samuel Akem in the second half, and No. 6 seed Montana beat Eastern Washington 50-35 on Friday night in the second round of the FCS playoffs. Montana (10-2), a two-time FCS champion making its record 25th playoff appearance, advances to its 14th quarterfinals and second in the last three years. Kevin Macias kicked a 44-yard field goal for the Grizzlies and then Montana's Gavin Robertson and Robby Hauck had tackles on back-to-back plays that were both reviewed but neither were ultimately determined to be targeting before Eastern Washington (10-3) lined up to go for it on fourth-and-2 near midfield field. After a false start by the Eagles, Ryan Tirrell blocked a punt that was recovered at the 17 by Levi Janacaro.

Four plays later, Junior Bergen scored on a 5-yard run to trim the Grizzlies' deficit to 21-20 midway through the third quarter. Macias made a 46-yarder to open the scoring in the third quarter and, after Eastern Washington went three-and-out, Bergen returned a punt 37 yards to the the 8, setting up a touchdown run by Xavier Harris on the next play to make it 30-21 and Montana led the rest of the way. Eric Barriere completed 47 of 80 passes for 530 yards and five touchdowns with a fumble - that turned into a Montana touchdown and gave the Grizzlies a three-score lead late in the third quarter - and an interception, a 55-yard pick-6 by Justin Ford that made it 57-35 with 2:08 to play. - Montana/AP College Football


(DS#999 QB) rSr/2022 QB Cam HumphreyMontana
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  11/25/21 - Patrick OConnellrJr/2023, Montana, 6-1, 225 (DS#12 OLB) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OLB Patrick O'Connell, Montana,...O'Connell, who was named Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week on Monday in addition to being named a finalist for the Buchanan Award, leads the Big Sky in sacks as a junior and enters the postseason third in the FCS total sacks as well. The native of Kalispell earned first-team All-Big Sky honors alongside Ford Tuesday after leading the Big Sky total sacks with 13, getting in on at least one in 10 of UM's 11 games to date. He also ranks third in the league in both tackles for loss and forced fumbles and is ranked No. 8 in the conference in total tackles. Against Montana State, he posted a game-high 11 tackles with 1.5 sacks for an MSU loss of 11 yards and one QB hurry. Following Saturday's game, he now ranks No. 10 in career sacks with 19.5 and is top-15 in career TFLs with 29. - Montana Football

(DS#12 OLB) rJr/2023 OLB Patrick OConnellMontana
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  11/25/21 - Justin FordrJr/2023, Montana, 6-1, 190 (DS#8 CB) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Justin Ford, Montana,...In his first season as a Grizzly after arriving from Louisville, the junior has been one of the most dominant defensive backs in all of Division-I football, going on an unprecedented streak with eight interceptions in eight-straight games. Ford's eight picks are not only the most in FCS football, but in FBS and D-II football as well. In addition to interceptions, he also ranks third in the nation in total passes defended and is second in the Big Sky and top-15 in the FCS in fumbles recovered. - Montana Football

(DS#8 CB) rJr/2023 CB Justin FordMontana
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  11/25/21 - Robby HauckrJr/2023, Montana, 5-10, 185 (DS#25 FS) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Robby Hauck, Montana,...Hauck's selection gives the Grizzly defense three first-team picks, each of which going to juniors. All three played a key part in Montana's suffocating defense this season that is has put up the second-best scoring defense in the nation, allowing an average of just 13 points against it over 11 games. They also helped UM to an FCS-best five defensive touchdowns scored and were part of the No. 3 red zone defense in the FCS as well. - Montana Football

(DS#25 FS) rJr/2023 FS Robby HauckMontana
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  11/25/21 - Malik FlowersrJr/2023, Montana, 6-1, 200 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): KR Malik Flowers, Montana,...Malik Flowers returned a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns early this season before teams just flat quit kicking to him. The junior is now tied for second in Big Sky history with five career kickoff returns for a touchdown, and was named a co-first-teamer with Weber State senior Rashid Shaheed, who set a new NCAA record with seven kick returns for a score. - Montana Football

(DS#999 WR) rJr/2023 WR Malik FlowersMontana
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  11/25/21 - Jace LewisrSr/2022, Montana, 6-0, 230 (DS#23 ILB) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): MLB Jace Lewis, Montana,...Senior linebacker Jace Lewis also landed on the second team with 84 tackles this season - the third most on the team. He'll finish his illustrious career at UM in the top-10 in career TFLs with 14.5 this season and in the top-25 in career sacks with 4.5 on the year. - Montana Football

(DS#23 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Jace LewisMontana
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  11/25/21 - Alex GubnerrSo/2024, Montana, 6-2, 294 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DT Alex Gubner, Montana,...Sophomore defensive tackle Alex Gubner picked up the first all-conference honors of his career with a place on the second team. Gubner finished the regular season as Montana's seventh-overall top tackler with 37 stops, eight tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and a forced fumble as well. - Montana Football

(DS#999 DT) rSo/2024 DT Alex GubnerMontana
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  11/25/21 - Conlan BeaverrSr/2022, Montana, 6-5, 315 (DS#68 OT) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OL Conlan Beaver, Montana,...Senior tackle Conlan Beaver was named second-team All-Big Sky for a second time in his career, after also repeating as the team's Paul Weskamp Award winner for outstanding offensive lineman on Sunday. - Montana Football

(DS#68 OT) rSr/2022 OT Conlan BeaverMontana
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  11/25/21 - Trevin GradneyrFr/2025, Montana, 5-11, 180 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): ST Trevin Gradney - Montana,...Rounding out the first-team picks for Montana is freshman Trevin Gradney from Billings who made several big plays on the UM special teams with five solo tackles and one TFL this season. - Montana Football

(DS#999 CB) rFr/2025 CB Trevin GradneyMontana
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  11/25/21 - Justin BelknaprSr/2022, Montana, 6-2, 240 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DE Justin Belknap, Montana,...Picking up All-Big Sky honorable mentions for the Griz were junior receiver Mitch Roberts, freshman tight end Cole Grossman, and senior defensive ends Joe Babros and Justin Belknap. The Griz are expected to return a total of 10 of their 14 all-conference honorees in 2022. - Montana Football

(DS#999 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Justin BelknapMontana
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  11/25/21 - Cole GrossmanrFr/2025, Montana, 6-4, 220 (DS#17 TE) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): TE Cole Grossman, Montana,...Picking up All-Big Sky honorable mentions for the Griz were junior receiver Mitch Roberts, freshman tight end Cole Grossman, and senior defensive ends Joe Babros and Justin Belknap. - Montana Football

(DS#17 TE) rFr/2025 TE Cole GrossmanMontana
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  11/25/21 - Mitch RobertsrJr/2023, Montana, 6-0, 200 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): WR Mitch Roberts, Montana,...Picking up All-Big Sky honorable mentions for the Griz were junior receiver Mitch Roberts, freshman tight end Cole Grossman, and senior defensive ends Joe Babros and Justin Belknap. The Griz are expected to return a total of 10 of their 14 all-conference honorees in 2022. - Montana Football

(DS#999 WR) rJr/2023 WR Mitch RobertsMontana
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  11/25/21 - Hunter MayginnesrSo/2024, Montana, 6-4, 330 (DS#999 OG) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM (COACHES): OL Hunter Mayginnes, Montana,...Sophomore guard Hunter Mayginnes made seven starts in his first season at Montana to become Montana's only third-team all-conference selection as well. - Montana Football

(DS#999 OG) rSo/2024 OG Hunter MayginnesMontana
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  11/23/21 - Justin FordrJr/2023, Montana, 6-1, 190 (DS#8 CB) + More +

  2021 BIG SKY NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Justin Ford, DB, Montana,...Newcomer of the Year was awarded to Montana's Justin Ford, who has been a nuisance in the secondary all season long for the Griz. Ford leads the FCS in interceptions, after snagging eight in eight-straight games for Montana. The defensive back also helped the Griz hold foes to just 13.0 points per game, which ranked second in the nation. Ford, who transferred to Montana from the University of Louisville, is the first Griz player since Dalton Sneed in 2018 to win Newcomer of the Year. - Big Sky Football

(DS#8 CB) rJr/2023 CB Justin FordMontana
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  11/20/21 - Jace LewisrSr/2022, Montana, 6-0, 230 (DS#23 ILB) + More +

  Kevin Macias kicked five field goals, Montana scored a touchdown on the second play of the game, and the Grizzlies beat in-state rival Montana State 29-10 in front of a record home crowd on Saturday in the 120th Brawl of the Wild. Montana (9-2, 6-2), ranked seventh in the FCS coaches poll, snapped a four-game losing streak in the series and denied third-ranked Montana State (9-2, 7-1) a chance of securing an outright Big Sky Conference title. It was a record 26,856 in attendance at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The Grizzlies essentially put the game away late in the third quarter when Montana State attempted a fake field goal. Bobcats' holder Bryce Leighton looked to either pitch the ball or run it, but Montana's Jace Lewis knocked the ball free while diving to block the kick. Justin Ford scooped it up and returned it 56 yards into the end zone and the Grizzlies led 26-3. The game featured some of the best defenses in the FCS. The Grizzlies entered having not allowed a touchdown in 10 quarters.

The Bobcats had the fifth-ranked defense, holding opponents to an average of 21 points and 355 yards. Montana's Camron Humphrey threw a strike to Junior Bergen in the middle of the field, who then ran untouched for a 74-yard touchdown on the game's second play from scrimmage. On the ensuing series, Matthew McKay led the Bobcats to the Montana 5, but two false-start penalties and a sack forced a 35-yard field goal from Blake Glessner. Humphrey completed 13 of 22 passes for 220 yards but also threw two interceptions. Macias was perfect on field goal attempts that included a career-best 50-yarder. It was Montana's first field goal made from 50 yards since 2013. McKay was 13-of-25 passing for 108 yards. He threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Nate Stewart with 48 seconds remaining. - Montana/AP College Football


(DS#23 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Jace LewisMontana
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