The Grizzlies: 5 questions

2014-08-23T22:05:00Z 2014-08-26T14:39:25Z The Grizzlies: 5 questionsBy GREG RACHAC grachac@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Five questions facing Montana ahead of the 2014 season:

5. What will be Ellis Henderson’s impact? Henderson, an all-league wideout, didn’t participate much in fall camp after being sidelined with a stomach infection in the spring. Henderson made so many crucial plays late in games last year.

4. Is Chris Lider the answer at kicker? Mick Delaney lost all confidence in the kicking game late last season, choosing instead to go for it on fourth downs many times in field goal range. Lider needs to be on his game, especially early.

3. Will the new linebackers fill the void? All eyes are on Jeremiah Kose, Herbert Gamboa, Kendrick Van Ackeren, etc., now that Jordan Tripp, Brock Coyle and John Kanongata’a have walked out the door.

2. Is Zack Wagenmann the league’s best defensive player? If not, he’s right there. Wagenmann anchors a loaded defensive line, and he’ll be on the prowl for more double-digit sacks, tackles for loss and forced fumbles.

1. Will a makeshift offensive line hold its own? If so, Montana’s offense will flourish. But it could take some doing: The starting five has a combined three career starts. Protecting Jordan Johnson is imperative.

MONTANA SCHEDULE

(All times Mountain)

Aug. 30 at Wyoming, 2 p.m.

Sept. 6 CENTRAL WASHINGTON, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 13 SOUTH DAKOTA, 7 p.m.

Sept. 20 at North Dakota State, 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 27 NORTHERN COLORADO, 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 4 at North Dakota, 12:30 p.m.

Oct. 11 Bye

Oct. 18 UC DAVIS, 12 p.m.

Oct. 25 at Cal Poly, 7 p.m.

Nov. 1 SACRAMENTO STATE, 12 p.m.

Nov. 8 at Eastern Washington, 1 p.m.

Nov. 15 at Southern Utah, 1 p.m.

Nov. 22 MONTANA STATE, 3 p.m.

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