MISSOULA -- Players from Montana and Montana State survived cut-down day to stick with NFL 53-man rosters.
A juggernaut has sent a clear message to the Big Sky Conference. Eastern Washington is picking up right where it left off.
Five questions facing Montana ahead of the 2014 season:
It's still early on the NFL calendar, but Jordan Tripp is already making an impression with the Miami Dolphins.
HELENA — The Miami Dolphins have signed linebacker Jordan Tripp, a fifth-round pick from the University of Montana.
MISSOULA — The call came later than expected, but Missoula product Jordan Tripp was taken in the fifth round of the NFL draft on Saturday by the Miami Dolphins.
If you like to see Montana represented in the NFL — and who doesn’t? — the NFL draft is a good place to start. This year’s draft is next weekend, and a couple more Grizzlies have a good chance of hearing their name called sometime Saturday.
BUTTE -- The Montana AAU Little Sullivan Award banquet will be here at the Butte Plaza Mall starting at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Spring practice started at Montana on Saturday. The Grizzlies are bringing back 14 starters from last year's 10-3 team (7 offense, 5 defense, 2 special teams), and will again be in the conversation of Big Sky title contenders.
Montana State reopened its Lone Star pipeline to acquire eight new football players from Texas on National Signing Day. The Bobcats also received letters of intent from five in-state recruits.
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.
Brad Daly of Montana State and Jordan Tripp and Danny Kistler of Montana were named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America team on Monday.
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.
OGDEN, Utah -- Montana State’s Brad Daly was named a co-recipient of the Big Sky Conference defensive player of the year award Tuesday.
Generally speaking the news was good for the Montana Grizzlies, although there were one or two reasons to raise an eyebrow.
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.
It was the fall of 2008, and Brock Coyle had a decision to make.
No matter the situation, Cody Kirk wants the football in his hands. And when Montana State turns to Kirk, greatness unfolds.