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Griz Spring Game to feature new format Saturday

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MISSOULA -

The Montana Grizzlies play their final spring scrimmage Saturday, but under a new format, in the annual Griz Game at 2 p.m. inside Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

In past spring games the Griz have run through the playbook with the offense squaring off against the defense in a fairly basic setup designed to give the players much needed reps. In his second year at the helm of the Grizzlies, coach Bob Stitt has something different up his sleeve.

For the first time in recent memory, the Griz will split into two totally separate teams for the spring scrimmage, a white team and a maroon team, giving the event as close to a game-like feel as possible for players and fans alike.

“We decided to go this route for a couple of reasons,” said Stitt. “Number one, I wanted to blend the “O” and the “D” into teams where they’re working together and cheering for each other, and it’s not just an “O” versus “D” thing.

“The other thing is, you now make your backups starters, and put some pressure on them. The third string guys also become backups. It gives a lot of younger guys, and guys that are down on the depth chart a chance to show what they can do.”

The team will be roughly split into the No. 1 offense versus the No. 2 defense on the Maroon team, and the No. 2 offense versus the No. 1 defense with the quarterbacks mixed in on different teams at different times.

The scrimmage will be split into four quarters, with the first two lasting 12 minutes, and the third and fourth quarters lasting 10 minutes.

Tickets are $5 per person. A noon tailgate party hosted by the Grizzly Scholarship Association will take place in Memorial Grove just north of Washington-Grizzly Stadium.  The tailgate will include music, food, and drinks.

Proceeds from the game will benefit the Grizzly Scholarship Association.

Ticket outlets are at the Adams Center Box Office, GSA Office, Press Box, Red's Bar, and Stockman's Bar.  For more information call 406-243-6481.

There are several other events happening on the University of Montana campus around Washington-Grizzly Stadium Saturday. Fans are encouraged to park along campus drive and toward the south and east side of the stadium. The south and west gates of Washington-Grizzly Stadium will be open during the spring game.

WHITE TEAM

OFFENSE

Pos.                 No.       Name

WR                  4           James Homan

WR                  9          Justin Calhoun

WR                  17       Makena Simis

WR                  35       Eric Williams

WR                  81       Mitch McLaughlin

WR                  82       Jerry Louie-McGee

WR                  98       Mike Ralston

OL                   64       Colin McGillivray

OL                   65       Cody Meyer

OL                   66       Dallas Hart

OL                   72       Cooper Sprunk

OL                   73       Angel Villanueva

OL                   79       Max Kelly

RB                   8          Jeremy Calhoun

RB                   33       Cody McCombs

DEFENSE

DL                   37       Caleb Kidder

DL                   49       Jesse Sims

DL                   91       Brandt Davidson

DL                   93       Zach Peevey

DL                   97       Ryan Johnson

CB                   1          Markell Sanders

S                      9          Yamen Sanders

S                      13       Josh Sandry

LB                    36       James Banks

LB                    40       Vika Fa’atuiese

LB                    42       Josh Buss

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK                   38       Trevin Thompson

PK                   46       Austin Carver

PK                   94       Harrison Greenberg

Snaps              50       Aaron Held

MAROON TEAM

OFFENSE

Pos.                 No.       Name

WR                  6           Keenan Curran

WR                  19       Kobey Eaton

WR                  23       Caleb Lyons

WR                  80       Josh Horner

WR                  88       Colin Bingham

OL                   60       Jackson Thiebes

OL                   68       McCauley Todd

OL                   71       Devon Dietrich

OL                   75       Robert Luke

OL                   76       David Reese

RB                   1          Treshawn Favors

RB                   20       John Nguyen

DEFENSE

DL                   51       Tucker Schye

DL                   43       Nate Bradley

DL                   55       Kyle Davis

DL                   92       Myles Mckee-Osibodu

DL                   99       Reggie Tilleman

DL                   48       Donald Bedell

DL                   95       Andrew Harris

CB                   2          Ryan McKinley

CB                   25       Shane Moody

S                      30       Evan Epperly

S                      44       Nolan Timmons

S                      41       Mick Delaney

DB                   28       Jerrin Williams

LB                    4          Holden Ryan

LB                    36       Alex Thomas

LB                    53       Dante Olson

LB                    54       Gage Smith

LB                    57       Shayne Cochran

LB                    59       Cy Sirmon

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK                   39       Brandon Purdy

PK                   89       Tim Semenza

PK                   96       Patrick LeCorre

Snaps              50      Aaron Held

WEATHER
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