Class: RS Junior
Hometown: Missoula, Montana
High School: Big Sky
Height / Weight: 6-3½ / 244
2012 Buck Buchanan Award & All-American Candidate
Montana: Jordan will be starting for the third season in a row. He was one of Montana’s leading tacklers a year ago, but was lost for the season because of an injury, and subsequently received a medical hardship. He already has six career fumble recoveries, which ties him with three others for the fourth most in school history. This past spring he was chosen by former Griz defensive end Ryan Fetherston to wear UM’s legacy number 37 (a tradition that started in 1987).
2011: He started in the first three games, but was forced to redshirt after suffering an injury in the Eastern Washington game, but fortunately did not lose a season, as he played as a true freshman in 2009.
2010: He started all 11 games and was second on the team with 99 total tackles. He had a team-high (tied with defensive end Ryan Fetherston) 9.0 tackles for loss and also led the Grizzlies with a team-best three fumble recoveries. He had 10 or more tackles in six games…he was an honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference selection. He tied for 50th in the nation with 9.0 tackles a game. He was an all-league academic team pick with a 3.44 GPA.
2009: He was ranked among Montana’s top tacklers as a true freshman, despite not starting and playing primarily on special teams. He was UM’s 20th leading tackler with 24 stops. His two fumble recoveries were the second most on the team. He was named to the All-Big Sky academic team.
High School: He was an “AA” all-state and all-conference pick at Big Sky High School as a senior when he had 12 sacks despite battling an injury. He registered 72 tackles, including 13 for losses for the 6-5 Eagles in 2008. He was a team captain in football his senior year. He was also all-league selection in football as a junior. He also lettered in track. His high school coach was former Griz player (1959-61) and coach (1977-79), the late Gary Ekegren.
Career Highs: He had 13 tackles against North Dakota in 2010. He had a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown in the 2010 opener against Western State. Personal: He is a third generation football player at Montana. His father, Bryan, was a starting linebacker for the Grizzlies in 1989 and 1990, while his grandfather, Gene (Junior), played and lettered at Montana in 1963-64. His mom’s name is Lisa. He is a business management major. His birth date is April 3, 1991. Misc.: Jordan’s first two-plus seasons at UM he wore the same number, 44, that his dad Bryan wore when he was a starting linebacker for the Grizzlies.
Quoting Coach Mick Delaney: “Jordan Tripp missed last season with a shoulder injury and has spent a tremendous amount of time re-habbing, and his last checkup showed that he is stronger now than he was previously. He is capable of being as good a linebacker as there is in the country. He’s around 6-3, 240-plus pounds, and he’s probably the second fastest guy on our football team. He knows the defense and what is expected of him. I just expect Jordan Tripp to be one of the premier players in our division this season.”