MISSOULA -- Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson has been named to the preseason Walter Payton Award Watch List. The award is given to the top offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision.
MISSOULA -- Montana’s Jordan Johnson has been named to the College Football Performance Awards watch list for quarterbacks.
MISSOULA -- Montana’s offense scored three touchdowns, including a 9-yard pass from Jordan Johnson to tight end Jordan Harper, but it was a night for defense Saturday at the Grizzlies’ annual spring football game.
Montana’s annual spring football will be held Saturday at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
MISSOULA — The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education has reaffirmed its refusal to release records to author Jon Krakauer detailing its actions after a disciplinary committee found a University of Montana athlete guilty of rape and ordered him expelled from school in 2012.
Jordan Johnson, center, leans into the arms of his defense attorney David Paoli last year as the not guilty verdict is read in Missoula County District to conclude his trial on charges of rape. At right is another defense attorney, Kirsten Pabst.
MISSOULA -- Montana senior linebacker Brock Coyle will play in the 2014 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Saturday in Carson, Calif.
Jordan Johnson is back next year. As are Jordan Canada, Travon Van, Ellis Henderson, Jamaal Jones and several solid linemen. Offensively, the Grizzlies look well-stocked personnel-wise.
Turn back the clock to November of 2012. Montana had just lost to rival Montana State at home, which gave the Grizzlies a 5-6 record, their first losing season in a generation. It was then that coach Mick Delaney issued a bold promise, saying:
MISSOULA — Quarterback Jordan Johnson and linebacker Brock Coyle shared the Steve Carlson Award given to the most valuable player on the Montana football team.
It was the most contentious moment of Montana’s 42-35 loss to Coastal Carolina.
MISSOULA — In the coldest game ever played at Washington-Grizzly Stadium, a band of beach boys bounced Montana.
Jordan Johnson played like a quarterback possessed in his only previous appearance in the postseason, throwing for 608 yards, rushing for 179 more and accounting for eight touchdowns as Montana made a run to the semifinals in 2011.
Montana knows playoff football.
Generally speaking the news was good for the Montana Grizzlies, although there were one or two reasons to raise an eyebrow.
The surging Montana Grizzlies, who have won four straight games and seven of their last eight, were ecstatic to learn on Sunday that they will get a week off before their FCS playoff opener on Dec. 7.
MISSOULA — The surging Montana Grizzlies, who have won four straight games and seven of their last eight, were ecstatic to learn on Sunday that they will get a week off before their FCS playoff opener on Dec. 7.
BOZEMAN — The Montana Grizzlies never wavered in the face of the turmoil, hardship and difficulty they experienced on and off the field in 2012.
BOZEMAN — Cat-Griz week is met with tons of emotion and plenty of hype. No matter the implications, a victory is huge for whichever team can get it.
Montana State must beat Montana for any chance to extend its season with a playoff berth. And even then it’s not a given.