Bingham leads tight end reintroduction for Griz
Though he never left Missoula, Colin Bingham is thankful to finally be back home.
After three years playing inside receiver for the Montana Grizzly football team, the fourth-year junior has shifted back to tight end – a position that earned him a first-team All-State nod as a senior at Big Sky High School in 2014.
Bingham – son of Grizzly Hall of Fame O-Lineman Guy Bingham – has received praise from coaching staff under new head coach Bobby Hauck as “a natural” and an integral element of what UM’s offense hopes to become.
“He’s done a great job adapting to what we want him to do,” first-year tight ends coach Jace Schillinger said. “He is physical enough to block in the run game and he also has really good hands in the pass game. He’s a natural fit for the position.”
The state of Montana has a rich history of producing tight ends, and during Hauck’s first seven-season stint at Montana his Griz were known for using the position to create physical play on both sides of the ball. That tradition was abandoned the last three years under previous head coach Bob Stitt’s pass-heavy spread offense.
In Hauck’s first signing class, the position was recruited heavily. The Griz signed Valier product Colten Curry, the son of former UM and NFL offensive lineman Scott Curry. UM also signed Max Morris from Kalispell Glacier, the son of former Stanford fullback Brian Morris. And Montana landed Vancouver, Washington product Cole Grossman, the son of former Portland State tight end Mike Grossman.
The new staff has also fortified the position by moving a collection of players from throughout the roster to new positions. Caleb Hill, the No. 3 quarterback behind Jensen and Reese Phillips, is now at tight end. So is Brennan Corbin, a 6-foot-5, 215-pounder from Anaheim who redshirted last season.
It remains to be seen how offensive coordinator Timm Rosenbach uses the re-instituted position in his offense.