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Grizzly Football Preview – Outside Linebacker

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Part 10 of my 15 part look at this year’s Montana Grizzlies football team takes us to the defensive side of the ball.

The outside linebackers have a multitude of responsibilities. They are expected to rush the passer off the edge, be stout against the run and drop back in pass coverage. Luckily, this is one position that the Griz are extremely deep and talented at:

Alex Shaw, Sr.
Jordy Tripp, Jr.
Brock Coyle, So.
John Kanongata’a, So.
Ty Timmer, So.
Addison Owen, Fr.
Jonathan Richards, Fr.
Taylor Tuliaupupu, Fr.




RETURNING STARTERS: 2

PLAYER TO WATCH: Jordy Tripp

SLEEPER: Brock Coyle

FUTURE STAR: Addison Owen

The Grizzlies return both starters, Alex Shaw and Jordy Tripp, from a year ago. Tripp has emerged as one of the top playmakers throughout the entire defensive unit, while Shaw’s vocal leadership both on and off the field are invaluable. Both Brock Coyle and John Kanongata’a saw time as freshman, although Coyle redshirted last year due to an injury. The fact that Taylor Tuliaupupu and Ty Timmer are third-stringers right now speaks volumes to the depth of the position. Freshmen Addison Owen and Jonathan Richards are talented enough that the coaching staff may decide not to redshirt them this season.

Also, two players I failed to mention in previous breakdowns: junior Jake Raynock is an H-Back type player, which means he essentially could be a tight end or fullback depending upon the situation. Sophomore Caleb Walden has been getting time at running back during fall camp and could see some reps as the season progresses.

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