MISSOULA, Mont. - Saturday morning the Montana Grizzly football team held its first spring scrimmage inside Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
The scrimmage was a controlled and situational type of scrimmage consisting of around 40-45 actual plays plus another 35-40 structured drills.
There were a few touchdowns scored in the opening portion of the scrimmage, which was a first-and-goal drill. The touchdown in the goal-line drills included a 2-yard TD pass from senior quarterback Jordan Johnson to sophomore tight end Jordan Harper; a 1-yard run by quarterback Shay Smithwick-Hann; and a 3-yard run by redshirt freshman Treshawn Favors. The other scoring play was a 12-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to senior halfback Jordan Canada.
The big question heading into this year surrounds Montana's linebackers. Junior Jeremiah Kose had an early scrimmage highlight picking off one of Johnson's pass attempts. Kose only played two games last season after suffering a season-ending injury.
"Overall I think it was pretty good and we'll see when we watch tape," said Griz head football coach Mick Delaney. "I know we tackled well for the first time and that really really makes me happy. We've got to run the ball a little better but we'll do that when we get an entire offensive line together."
"Today was one of the more limited scrimmages we've had since I've been here," said Griz quarterback Jordan Johnson. "But it's still good to get out and have a few live plays and I think we did alright."
"It was fun, any time we get to come out and have a live period everyone's excited about that, everyone's pumped and eager to get going and what not," said Griz defensive end Zach Wagenmann. "It gives us a chance to have live bolts and stuff, in practice we have to tag up and things like that. We're out here and we get to go full speed and it kind of gives us a better estimation to where we're at."
The Griz return seven starters on offense and five on defense. UM lost 10 starters from last years team that went 10-3 and made the playoffs. The Grizzlies were hit hardest at the linebacker position after losing Jordan Tripp, Brock Coyle and John Kanongata'a. The Griz lost a total of six defensive starters and four offensive starters.
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