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Griz Football Season Draws Closer

Senior cornerback Trumaine Johnson could be the FCS' best defensive player this season. Photo Courtesy Of Grizzly Athletics

To be fair, the University of Montana football season is still a bit on the horizon.

But with fall camp set to begin in about three weeks, fans have already started gearing up for another season of Grizzly action.

UM Sports Information Director Dave Guffey just released this year’s fall prospectus, which contains a lot of pertinent info to digest.

What most fans have dissected the most, though, is the first “official” depth chart. Here are a few things I gleaned:

In the heavily scrutinized quarterback battle, sophomore Jordan Johnson is currently listed #1, while juniors Gerald Kemp and  Nate Montana are both listed as second-string. Freshman Shay Smithwick-Hann is the 4th QB, for now.

The tailback position could be more crowded than QB. Freshman Jordan Canada and junior Pete Nguyen are both listed as starters for the time being, with freshman Brett Kirschner not too far behind.

One player who really shined this spring was senior cornerback Houston Roots, and right now he is the 1st string corner opposite All-American Trumaine Johnson. I’ve got a feeling, though, that fellow 
                                                                                     senior Donny Lisowski will have a say in who starts the season
                                                                                     opener at Tennessee.

And finally, the offensive line appears to be shaping up nicely. Of course, it helps to have three returning starters in seniors Charles Burton, Jon Opperud and Stephen Sabin. Burton returns at right tackle, Opperud bookends at left tackle, and Sabin will make the move from left guard to center. Sophomore Danny Kistler, who started a handful of games last year, is penciled in at right guard, while sophomore William Poehls rounds out the front five at left guard.

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