#2 Montana FCS Football 2020 Preview

Montana Grizzlies
Overall Rank: #2
#1 Big Sky
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Montana got back on the right track in 2019 as head coach Bobby Hauck led the Grizzlies back to the FCS Playoffs and a ten-win season. Montana has a storied history of success in football and thus it was very important for them to return to the playoffs after a three-year absence. Looking ahead to the spring of 2021 when the Big Sky Conference is scheduled to return to action the Grizzlies should be primed to contend with Weber State for the conference championship. In addition, Montana should benefit from an increased home field advantage in the spring as the weather in Missoula will still be unpredictable to say the least even if fans aren’t present.
2019 Record: 10-4, 6-2
2019 Postseason: FCS Playoffs
Coach: Bobby Hauck (96-26 at Montana, 111-76 overall)
Offensive Coordinator: Timm Rosenbach
Defensive Coordinator: Kent Baer
Returning Leaders:
Rushing: Marcus Knight, RB, 1,030 yards
Passing: Cam Humphrey, QB, 761 yards
Receiving: Samori Toure, WR, 1,495 yards
Tackles: Jace Lewis, LB, 131
Sacks: Patrick O’Connell, LB, 6.5
Interceptions: Alex Gubner, DT, 4
Other Key Returnees: RB Nick Ostmo, WR Samuel Akem, WR Mitch Roberts, S Robby Hauck, S Gavin Robertson, WR/KR Malik Flowers, DT Eli Alford, OL Dylan Cook, OL Colton Keintz, OL Moses Mallory, OL Conlan Beaver
Key Losses: QB Dalton Sneed, WR Jerry Louie-McGee, LB Dante Olson, DT Jesse Sims, S Josh Sandry, DB Justin Calhoun, DB Dareon Nash
Projected Postseason: FCS Playoffs
2019 Team Stats:
Rushing Offense: 138.7 (79th in nation, 9th in conference)
Passing Offense: 301.5 (8, 4)
Total Offense: 440.2 (19, 5)
Scoring Offense: 36.7 (11, 3)
Rushing Defense: 120.4 (17, 2)
Pass Defense: 278.6 (115, 11)
Total Defense: 399.1 (75, 4)
Scoring Defense: 25.1 (38, 4)
Turnover Margin: 0.07 (57, 6)
Sacks: 2.43 (35, 5)
Sacks Allowed: 2.71 (100, 11)
Madness 2020 Recruit Rankings:
#249 Peyton Brammer