Helena, MT (SportsNetwork.com) – Montana quarterback Brady Gustafson showed
Saturday why he has moved to No. 1 on the Grizzlies’ depth chart.
He threw four touchdown passes to lead the way as Montana closed spring
practices with a scrimmage played at Carroll College’s Nelson Stadium.
“Brady is really grasping it, and every rep he takes he gets better,” said
Grizzlies first-year coach Bob Stitt said. “He’s got all summer now to rep it,
and he’s got all fall camp; and he’s going to continue to get better – and he
did all throughout spring. He never took a step backwards.”
Gustafson, a 6-foot-7, 235-pound junior, threw touchdowns to Reese Carlson,
Ryan Burke, Jamal Jones and Ellis Henderson.
Henderson also electrified the crowd with a 92-yard kickoff return.
Sophomore halfback Lorenzo Logwood had game-high 17 carries for 88 yards, while
junior John Nguyen had 40 yards on nine carries.
The Griz utilized five quarterbacks. J.R. Nelson, Evan Epperly and Alex Thomas
were among the defensive standouts with interceptions.
Stitt took over at Montana after spending the last 15 seasons at Colorado
School of Mines. His teams compiled a 108-62 (.635) record, won three Rocky
Mount Athletic Conference titles and appeared in the Division II national
playoffs three times.
Montana finished 9-5 last season, tying for second place in the Big Sky
Conference and with a No. 13 ranking in The Sports Network FCS Top 25 in coach
Mick Delaney’s third and final season.
The Grizzlies will open the Stitt era on Aug. 29 by hosting four-time defending
FCS champion North Dakota State in the second FCS Kickoff.