Colter Nuanez and Ryan Tootell are joined in this week’s ESPN Roundtable by Shaun Rainey, the sports director at SWX Montana and ABC/Fox Montana television. Rainey talks about his sports broadcasting journey and gives some insight into the upcoming Griz football season.
FARMINGTON, Utah (September 9, 2019)
– The Big Sky ROOT SPORTS Offensive Player of the Week nod went to Weber State running back Josh Davis. UC Davis’s Devon King and Montana State’s Bryce Sterk shared Defensive Player of the Week accolades. Montana return specialist Jerry Louie-McGee earned Special Teams honors.
CHICAGO – Sept. 9, 2019
– The Big Sky Conference is building off one of its stronger seasons with an even bigger statement in the early season STATS FCS Top 25.
Five of the 13 teams in the largest FCS conference held spots in the national media poll Monday, including a whopping four in the top 10.
Eastern Washington, last year’s FCS runner-up, maintained its No. 4 ranking and was followed by the conference’s other two 2018 tri-champs and national quarterfinalists, No. 5 UC Davis and No. 6 Weber State. Montana State, which also made the playoffs and contributed to the Big Sky’s six postseason wins, moved up three spots to No. 10 after beating nationally ranked Southeast Missouri and Montana moved up two to No. 20.
MISSOULA, Montana —
The Grizzlies appeared shaken following a gruesome injury suffered by Gavin Crow covering a kickoff.
Once Montana overcame any shock, the host Griz avalanched North Alabama in a game that went from slugfest to blowout in the blink of an eye.
North Alabama quarterback Christian Lopez hit big-play threat Cortez Hall for a 74-yard touchdown on the drive following a lower leg injury suffered by Crow, a talented junior safety from UM, about 10 minutes into Montana’s home opener. Jakobi Byrd hauled in a 64-yard touchdown pass from Lopez with one minute, 48 seconds left in the first half to give UNA a 17-16 lead and deflate the rowdy Griz faithful.