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4/12 GoGriz Practice Report

grizfan95

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The University of Montana Grizzly football team held its final practice prior to tomorrow's annual Spring Game, completing practice number 10 on Friday (April 12) afternoon/early evening in Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

The Grizzlies' Spring Game is Saturday, April 13, in Ronan, with kickoff at noon at the Laverne Parrish Memorial Field. Tailgating before the scrimmage starts at 10:00 a.m.

Griz head coach Mick Delaney said he was pleased with today's practice.

"Tonight was better," he said. "We just found ourselves not practicing the way we have to to be successful, and that's my fault. In our previous to practices we had guys on the ground; we had guys grabbing each other and guys pushing each other in the back. We had a real heart-to-heart meeting before practice today, and talked about we were playing undisciplined and not playing smart. I think we got that straightened out tonight.

"We executed really well today and looked crisp," Delaney said. "We went a little shorter today and just came out in shoulder pads because of tomorrow (the scrimmage), and the pace and tempo was sharp today. We did a lot of red zone work today for the first time, and we really needed that, and some good things happened there. We threw a touchdown pass or two, plus the defense got an interception, so we got good plays from the offense and from the defense.

"The most pleasant thing that happened so far this spring happened tonight, and that was when our kickers (sophomore Chris Lider and redshirt freshman Harrison Greenberg) ended up going eight-for-eight (on field goal attempts)," Delaney said.

"It's (Saturday's scrimmage) is competition again, best against best, and at this point you just want to see execution, alignment and assignment stuff, where we are not making mistakes on either side of the football," Delaney said. "What I really want to see is a ton of emotion, and excitement and enthusiasm -- and guys who like playing football and are having fun doing that. They're working hard and getting after it, and I think the effort they show tomorrow will be as important as anything."

The "Top 10" from practice #10:

1. In "skelly" drills junior QB Jordan Johnson looked very sharp again. "JJ" opened things up by completing 4-of-5 passes, the first two to sophomore wide receivers Ellis Henderson (15 yards) and Taylor Walcott (25 yards), and then a 7-yarder to senior tight end Clay Pierson, followed by an 8-yard hook-up with Cam "Mouse" Warren, those coming in first two series of the day.

2. Redshirt freshman Ryan Johnson (#97 from Vancouver, Wash.) continues to impress and sacked sophomore QB Trent McKinney.

3. After a few series in both skelly and 11-on-11, Warren had 5 catches for 70 yards, and a pair of short touchdown grabs ( and 3 yards).

4. Johnson completed a pin-point pass to junior wide receiver Sean Haynes, good for a 35-yard touchdown in 11-on-11 drills, which started from the 35-yard line of the defense. Haynes, who has very good speed at 6-3, 185, has been much more consistent catching the ball so far this spring.

5. Coyle had an outstanding interception (on pass by redshirt freshman Brady Gustafson), but was injured just a couple of plays after his pick.

7. In the punting portion of practice, sophomore Stephen Shaw had five attempts (out of nine punts) of 50 yards or more, and most had excellent hang time. His shortest punts were two from 40 yards out.

8. Sophomore running back Joey Counts scored on a 16-yard run up the middle in the red zone offense portion of practice. Junior Jordan Canada continues to excel, and broke free for a 15-yard TD two plays later.

9. Sophomore linebacker Addison Owen had an interception in the red zone.

10. As Coach Delaney eluded to earlier, the kickers each made four field goals in a row to close out the practice. Lider made four in a row from 20, 30, 33, 37 yards out, while Greenberg was good from 20, 28, 33, and 38.

GRIZ GRIDIRON MISC. NOTES: Unfortunately the injuries are adding up, although none of them are thought to be serious at this time. Talented junior halfback Travon Van missed practice the last two days, and unfortunately will be held out of Saturday's scrimmage. Junior wide receiver Mitch Saylor and junior halfback Brett Kirschner were both injured in practice this past Wednesday, and are also out. Coyle is also doubtful for Saturday's scrimmage.

Some interesting national rankings from last season: Did you know Montana was ranked fourth in the nation in rush defense, allowing 92.55 yards per game, while offensively the Griz were 12th in the FCS total offense, gaining 452.27 yards a game?

Did you know, Part II: That McKinney's screen pass for Dan Moore at Appalachian State that went for an 87-yard touchdown tied for the fifth longest passing play in school history?

Did you know, Part III: Peter Nguyen's 90-yard punt return for a TD against Liberty last season was the second longest in UM history? Marc Mariani (94, vs. Idaho State, 2008) and Tuff Harris (94, at Eastern Washington, 2006) share the record.

FUN FACT: Redshirt wide receiver Ryan Burke (#83) listed on his Griz Player Favorites List, on the section that asks "Many people don't know this about me, but": by writing "I have been inside a nuclear submarine."
 
I just seen this too. A friend of mine texted me, he says JJ is looking like a much better passer than last time we seen him, and McKinney is better as well too . He is very confident in our QB position this year. He expects a huge year from JJ. As he said,"one of epic proportions". He feels JJ will be somewhere between a Bergquist and Ochs, this season, then an Ochs like season his last year.

He is pretty confident we will all love what JJ will do this year. I sure hope he is right.
 
BigPawzSharpClawz said:
I know you need to prepare to get hit but someitmes, I am not so sure ghe contact is worth it?

Meh - it's spring ball. As long as they're not blowing out knees or causing career/season long injuries it's not a huge thing. Spring camp is always very physical.
 
BWahlberg said:
BigPawzSharpClawz said:
I know you need to prepare to get hit but someitmes, I am not so sure ghe contact is worth it?

Meh - it's spring ball. As long as they're not blowing out knees or causing career/season long injuries it's not a huge thing. Spring camp is always very physical.
That was always part of Hauck's mantra. He always wanted to see who could hit in spring.
 
I just seen this too. A friend of mine texted me, he says JJ is looking like a much better passer than last time we seen him, and McKinney is better as well too . He is very confident in our QB position this year. He expects a huge year from JJ. As he said,"one of epic proportions". He feels JJ will be somewhere between a Bergquist and Ochs, this season, then an Ochs like season his last year.


"I just seen..."? "...last time we seen him.." C'mon man? Do you TALK like that too? Clean up your lame posts so that you can have some kind of credibility when you climb on here with your second hand "my friend says this..." stuff. That way we don't have to endure you as a not-so-bright GRIZ fan.
 
volvo~i understand your frustration but go back and read many of mtgriz's posts. He is the most "intellectual" and classy poster on here. I bet he was just in a hurry.
 
66volvo said:
I just seen this too. A friend of mine texted me, he says JJ is looking like a much better passer than last time we seen him, and McKinney is better as well too . He is very confident in our QB position this year. He expects a huge year from JJ. As he said,"one of epic proportions". He feels JJ will be somewhere between a Bergquist and Ochs, this season, then an Ochs like season his last year.


"I just seen..."? "...last time we seen him.." C'mon man? Do you TALK like that too? Clean up your lame posts so that you can have some kind of credibility when you climb on here with your second hand "my friend says this..." stuff. That way we don't have to endure you as a not-so-bright GRIZ fan.
Watch out! The grammar police are out. :roll:
 
66volvo said:
I just seen this too. A friend of mine texted me, he says JJ is looking like a much better passer than last time we seen him, and McKinney is better as well too . He is very confident in our QB position this year. He expects a huge year from JJ. As he said,"one of epic proportions". He feels JJ will be somewhere between a Bergquist and Ochs, this season, then an Ochs like season his last year.


"I just seen..."? "...last time we seen him.." C'mon man? Do you TALK like that too? Clean up your lame posts so that you can have some kind of credibility when you climb on here with your second hand "my friend says this..." stuff. That way we don't have to endure you as a not-so-bright GRIZ fan.

(1) I am not paid for perfect English on here. (2) I do not care. (3) I have more valuable things to spend my time on than checking for grammatical errors, which I type quickly here. (4) Pay me top dollar for being perfect on a damn message board, then you will get it. (5) Is your life so pathetic, you don't have anything better to do, than nit pick message boards? (6) Should I be jumping your lame ass for not taking the time to actually spell out "Come on, Man" (instead you were grammatically incorrect with C'mon man)? Were you really asking a question after the C'mon man? If it were a statement, it should have ended with a . or !.

Make sure you are 100% correct in your usage, before calling someone else out on theirs. Pot meet kettle.
For what it is worth, "Yes, I do know my English very good (I know well is the more grammatically correct word, but to piss you off more, I am using good.)." Do I use it here all the time? Hell no. Will I continue to post without your F'n approval? Dam (I know it is Damn) write (right) I will, just to piss your sorry ass off. Du U git dat!
 
granitegriz said:
volvo~i understand your frustration but go back and read many of mtgriz's posts. He is the most "intellectual" and classy poster on here. I bet he was just in a hurry.

Tank U Granite. (Thank you, Granitegriz).
 
I would agree Volvo might have been a bit harsh with that post... but the "Seen" thing is a major PP of mine, and usually people aren't going to type it that way unless they talk that way. So just as a friendly tip, you would never, ever follow the words I, We, They, etc... with the word "Seen". It should always be "Saw". :thumb:
 
poorgriz said:
I would agree Volvo might have been a bit harsh with that post... but the "Seen" thing is a major PP of mine, and usually people aren't going to type it that way unless they talk that way. So just as a friendly tip, you would never, ever follow the words I, We, They, etc... with the word "Seen". It should always be "Saw". :thumb:

I am sure this will drive some crazy too. "I Ain't gonna change jus fore a message bored"

Oh sorry, it should be "I am not going to change, just for a message board."
 
I once saw a tshirt that read...those who start a sentence with "I seen" never finish that sentence with "the inside of a book"
 
wbtfg said:
I once saw a tshirt that read...those who start a sentence with "I seen" never finish that sentence with "the inside of a book"


Well, now we know what they dish out in "Bonehead 101" over at MSU. :thumb: :clap: :D
 
wbtfg said:
I once saw a tshirt that read...those who start a sentence with "I seen" never finish that sentence with "the inside of a book"

Hey, I seen that shirt to! :lol:

Another pet peeve...
 
AllWeatherFan said:
wbtfg said:
I once saw a tshirt that read...those who start a sentence with "I seen" never finish that sentence with "the inside of a book"

Hey, I seen that shirt to! :lol:

Another pet peeve...

In honor of the the grammar police "I had saw that two". :lol: :thumb:
Hell yes, I know that is so grammatically incorrect. I am gonna have phun pizzin dem off now. :lol:
 
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