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Griz offense and defense helping each other improve

By Brad Peers, KECI Sports, bpeers@keci.com
Published On: Aug 19 2013 02:36:49 PM MDT
MISSOULA, Mont. -

The Montana Grizzly football team is looking to have a bounce back season after struggling last season and finishing with a record of 5-6.

During this off season the team has been improving every day simply by having the offense and defense face each other. The offense says they get to face one of the top defenses every day and that makes them better as a unit.

"I think it's exciting because we get to go against one of the best defenses in the nation day in and day out," said Griz quarterback Jordan Johnson. "To compete against those guys, it's only going to make us as an offense better and it's definitely exciting."

"I mean obviously our defense is tremendous," said Griz quarterback Shay Smithwick-Hann. "Our front seven is as good as anybody in the country so going against them everyday offensively makes us better. I think we're progressing everyday and we're getting better."

"Every day there's going to be a winner and loser in practice," said Griz running backs coach Justin Green. "The thing is your defense wants to win and your offense wants to win and that's kind of the part that were beating up on each other."

And as talented as the Grizzly defense is with 10 returning starters from last years team, they say they've only been getting better from practicing with the Griz offense.

"I'll say it right now I believe we're going against the best right now," said Griz linebacker Jordan Tripp. "Our offensive line, our running backs, the amount of speed and strength that they have on offense is the best that we are going to see. It's the best I've seen thus far and you know I'm not talking games I'm talking everything and I've been here almost five years."

"They just make us that much better," said Griz linebacker Brock Coyle. "We just compete with them every single day I think that we're going against the best team in the country which I believe our guys are, it just gets us better everyday we just compete. Jordan Johnson is back there just slinging it and it just makes us better."
 
"It's really nice having ten back," said Griz defensive coordinator Ty Gregorak. "We on defense, we know how good he is because we think we're pretty good and he makes us look silly at times and he's just a special player."

The true test in finding out how much better the Grizzly Football team is as a whole will be august 31st when they host Appalachian State.