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  2022 PRESEASON STATS PERFORM FCS SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: DB - Robby Hauck, 5-10, 185, redshirt senior, Montana,...Hauck is poised to shatter the all-time tackles record at Montana, entering his senior year sitting at No. 3 on UM's career tackles list with 364 and chasing former Grizzly Dante Olson's school record of 398 stops. He's also on track to break EWU's Ronnie Hamlin's Big Sky record of 473 tackles. Hauck earned All-America honors after posting his second-straight season with over 125 tackles, missing his 2019 career-high of 129 by a single stop last year at 128. A star in the classroom as well as on the field, he is also poised to become just the third, three-time Academic All-American in program history. - Montana Football

rSr/2023 FS Robby HauckMontana
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  2022 PRESEASON STATS PERFORM FCS FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: LB - Patrick O'Connell, 6-2, 225, redshirt senior, Montana (2021),...After a stellar redshirt junior season, O'Connell is expected to be one of the Grizzlies' leaders going into the 2022 season...Had one of the best defensive seasons in UM history as a junior in 2021, finishing as the team and conference leader in sacks with 14, moving into top-10 in school history with 20.5 on his career… Finished as the team's second leading overall tackler with 105 stops on the year, including 22 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles. - Montana Football

rSr/2023 OLB Patrick OConnellMontana
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  2022 PRESEASON STATS PERFORM FCS FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: DB - Justin Ford, 6-2, 190, redshirt senior, Montana (2021),...Had a historically dominant season in his first stint wearing Maroon and Silver in 2021, leading all divisions of college football with nine interceptions (good for third all time in a season as a Grizzly) and three defensive touchdowns in 2021...Recorded an interception for eight straight games...Returned picks for touchdowns against Southern Utah and Eastern Washington… Returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown against Montana State. - Montana Football

rSr/2023 CB Justin FordMontana
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  2022 PRESEASON STATS PERFORM FCS FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: KR - Malik Flowers, 6-2, 200, redshirt senior, Montana,...Became Montana's all-time leader in kick return touchdowns with two in 2021 to earn a place on the All-America second team, now with five career return TDs to his name...The junior has totaled 2,044 career return yards - the second-most in UM history, and is averaging 28.4 yards on 72 returns which is the best average in school history as well....Was third in the FCS with an average of 30.5 yards per return... Also emerged as a deep threat at receiver, catching 14 passes for 210 yards and 2 TDs, averaging 15 yards a catch, all career highs. - Montana Football

rSr/2023 WR Malik FlowersMontana
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  2022 PHIL STEELE/DRAFT SCOUT BIG SKY PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: LB Patrick O'Connell, Montana, Sr.,...Had one of the best defensive seasons in UM history as a junior in 2021, finishing as the team and conference leader in sacks with 14, moving into top-10 in school history with 20.5 on his career… Finished as the team's second leading overall tackler with 105 stops on the year, including 22 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles. - Montana Football

rSr/2023 OLB Patrick OConnellMontana
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  2022 PRESEASON BUCK BUCHANAN AWARD WATCH LIST: DB Robby Hauck, Montana, R-Sr., 5-10, 185,...Hauck is poised to shatter the all-time tackles record at Montana, entering his senior year sitting at No. 3 on UM's career tackles list with 364 and chasing former Grizzly Dante Olson's school record of 398 stops. He's also on track to break EWU's Ronnie Hamlin's Big Sky record of 473 tackles. He earned All-America honors in 2021 after posting his second-straight season with over 125 tackles, missing his 2019 career-high of 129 by a single stop last year at 128. A star in the classroom and on the field, he is poised to become just the third, three-time Academic All-American in program history. - Montana Football

rSr/2023 FS Robby HauckMontana
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  2022 PRESEASON BUCK BUCHANAN AWARD WATCH LIST: DB Justin Ford, Montana, R-Sr., 6-2, 190 (2021 Finalist),...Ford earned preseason All-America honors as well after leading all divisions of college football in interceptions with nine in 2021, going on an unprecedented streak of eight-straight games with a pick. He also logged a pair of touchdowns on interception returns and a fumble return for a touchdown against Montana State. His nine interceptions were the most in a single season ever by a UM cornerback and were tied for the third-most single-season INTs in program history. He was one of three defenders to be named Defensive team MVP by the UM coaches after the season. In addition to his prolific haul of INTs, Ford posted 41 tackles (29 solo), a pair of TFLs, a sack, 11 pass breakups, and led the team in pass deflections with 20. - Montana Football

rSr/2023 CB Justin FordMontana
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  2022 PRESEASON BUCK BUCHANAN AWARD WATCH LIST: LB Patrick O'Connell, Montana, R-Sr., 6-2, 225 (2021 Finalist),...O'Connell returns after one of the best defensive seasons in Montana history as a junior. The former walk-on was the Big Sky regular season leader in sacks as a junior with 14 and was third in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award that goes to the top defender in FCS football. A consensus All-American, O'Connell was also a first-team All-Big Sky pick and was named the team's Steve Carlson MVP and co-recipient of the Doug Betters Golden Helmet Award. - Montana Football

rSr/2023 OLB Patrick OConnellMontana
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  2022 PRESEASON BIG SKY FOOTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM: OLB Patrick O'Connell (Montana),...O'Connell now becomes UM's fourth linebacker in the past five seasons to be named the preseason player of the year, joining standouts Jace Lewis (2020), Dante Olson (2019), and Josh Buss (2018) as honorees. The Kalispell native returns after one of the best defensive seasons in Montana history as a junior. The former walk-on was the Big Sky regular season leader in sacks as a junior with 14 and was third in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award that goes to the top defender in FCS football. A consensus All-American, O'Connell was also a first-team All-Big Sky pick and was named the team's Steve Carlson MVP and co-recipient of the Doug Betters Golden Helmet Award. - Montana Football

rSr/2023 OLB Patrick OConnellMontana
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  2022 PRESEASON BIG SKY FOOTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM: CB Justin Ford (Montana),...Ford led all divisions of college football in interceptions with nine as a junior, going on an unprecedented streak of eight-straight games with a pick. He also logged a pair of touchdowns on interception returns and a fumble return for a touchdown against Montana State. He's finished the year tied for the third-most single-season INTs in UM history and the most-ever by a Grizzly cornerback. He was also one of three defenders to be named Defensive team MVP by the UM coaches after the season. - Montana Football

rSr/2023 CB Justin FordMontana
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  2022 PRESEASON BIG SKY FOOTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM: RS Malik Flowers (Montana),...Flowers enters his senior season as Montana's all-time leader in kick return touchdowns with two in 2021, earning a place on three All-America teams. He's tallied five career return TDs with 2,044 career return yards - the second-most in UM history - with another season to play. His current average of 28.4 yards on 72 returns is the best average in school history as well. - Montana Football

rSr/2023 WR Malik FlowersMontana
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  2022 PRESEASON BIG SKY FOOTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM: S Robby Hauck (Montana),...Hauck is poised to shatter the all-time tackles record at Montana, entering his senior year sitting at No. 3 on UM's career tackles list with 364 and chasing former Grizzly Dante Olson's school record of 398 stops. He's also on track to break EWU's Ronnie Hamlin's Big Sky record of 473 tackles. Hauck earned All-America honors after posting his second-straight season with over 125 tackles, missing his 2019 career-high of 129 by a single stop last year at 128. A star in the classroom as well as on the field, he is also poised to become just the third, three-time Academic All-American in program history. - Montana Football

rSr/2023 FS Robby HauckMontana
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  2022 PRESEASON BIG SKY FOOTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM: DT Alex Gubner (Montana),...Gubner was dominant on Montana's defensive line his junior season. He finished the year with 43 total tackles and was fourth on the team in TFLs with nine. He also registered 1.5 sacks, a pass breakup, a QB hurry, and a forced fumble. As a sophomore, he tallied a team-high four interceptions, one of the highest totals in the league. - Montana Football

rSr/2023 DT Alex GubnerMontana
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  2022 PRESEASON BIG SKY FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE MVP: Patrick O'Connell (Montana),...O'Connell was one of three finalists for the 2021 Buck Buchanan Award, honoring the best defensive player in FCS Football. Then a redshirt junior, O'Connell was also a First Team All-American and All-Big Sky linebacker. On top of all the awards, O'Connell also finished last season as the Big Sky's sack leader. - Big Sky Football

rSr/2023 OLB Patrick OConnellMontana
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  Following a 10-3 campaign that featured a 6-2 league record and a trip to the Quarterfinals of the 2021 FCS Playoffs, the Montana Grizzlies have been tabbed the Big Sky Conference preseason favorites by both the league's head football coaches and media. The preseason polls were announced today as part of the Big Sky's Football Kickoff event in Spokane, Washington. Boasting a roster full of experience, the Griz seem primed for a massive 2022 campaign under the direction of head coach Bobby Hauck. It's hard to image the Grizzlies will give up many points, as their defense is anchored by 2021 Buck Buchanan Award Finalist Patrick O'Connell at linebacker and unanimous First Team All-American cornerback Justin Ford. The Griz are seeking their first Big Sky Conference title since 2009.

The second-place pick was different between the coaches and media, as defending Big Sky Champion Sacramento State was selected second by the coaches, while 2021 national runner-up Montana State was tabbed second by the media. The two reversed spots for third place in both polls. The Hornets claimed the Big Sky Conference trophy last season outright, finishing the year 8-0 in league play with marquee victories over Montana and UC Davis. Montana State finished the 2021 season 12-3, charging to the FCS National Championship Game with victories over UT Martin, Sam Houston and South Dakota State. - Big Sky Football


rSr/2023 CB Justin FordMontana
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