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Grizzly defense shines in Spring Game

Published On: Apr 13 2013 08:08:49 PM MDT
Updated On: Apr 18 2013 04:09:35 PM MDT
MISSOULA, Mont. -

The Montana Grizzly football team had their annual spring scrimmage Saturday afternoon in Ronan and once again it was the Griz defense leading the way in a 30-13 victory.

It was a long afternoon for the Montana quarterbacks as the defense brought pressure on every snap. The offense was held to 227 yards on 76 plays scoring just one touchdown late in the scrimmage on a two yard score by running back Jordan Canada.

As for the defense, they were flying all over the field and getting to the ball. Not only did the four quarterbacks who took offensive snap have to battle the wind, they also had to battle the secondary. Montana's defense shut down the passing game breaking up several passes to go along with a pair of interceptions. Josh Denard had two pass deflections and Nate Harris intercepted a pass and took it to the house for a 10-yard touchdown.

"I think our corners and safeties transitioned to the ball in the air and did an outstanding job, those guy's to me our 100 percent better than we were at the end of the season last year the corners and safeties"   

"Even though were playing against our own offense and it's a scrimmage some people might not look at it like its that big of a deal but we don't like to get scored on, we don't like to give up a first down, we want to be the best defense in the country" said Griz cornerback Nate Harris.

While the defense did not give the offense very many opportunities to pick up yards Canada made the most of his touches. Canada carried the ball 18 times picking up 109 yards and scored the only offensive touchdown of the day. Montana was missing two of its top running backs with junior Travon Van and Brett Kirschner not participating due to injuries they suffered last week in practice.

"Every day we line up against the best defense, we get to see that every day and get to see how good defenses are going to react to us and what we do with the ball so it definitely makes us a better offense overall" said Griz running back Jordan Canada.

The Grizzlies have four more practices left in spring drills starting Monday, April 15 before they wrap up on Friday, April 19, with their final scrimmage inside Washington-Grizzly Stadium.