Grizzly Offense Surges in Final Spring Scrimmage – Jordan Johnson Named Offensive Co-Captain
What a difference a week makes in a football team.At the final Grizzly football scrimmage under the Friday night lights at Washington-Grizzly Stadium, it was the offense that took home the honors.
Montana Sports Information relates that six fifferent players combined for seven touchdowns, which racked up an impressive 485 yards of total offense on 86 plays.
Quarterback Jordan Johnson, after a year-off because of his legal troubles, looked like his old self, going 10 for 19 in passing for 202 yards and a touchdown. 6' 7" redshirt freshman Brady Gustafson was 13 of 17 for 131 yards and a touchdown.
Running back Jordan Canada was impressive, rushing 5 times for 52 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown scamper. Newcomer Trevon Van, the Marshall transfer, rushed 6 times for 17 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown run.
Friday was a special night, as the quarterbacks that led the Griz to their two national championships made a special appearance. Both Dave Dickinson and John Edwards were on hand to inspire the players and the dozens of youngsters who wanted their autographs.
One interesting note in the evening was the announcement of the team captains for both offense and defense, a tradition during the final spring scrimmage. On defense, a pair of senior linebackers, Jordan Tripp and Brock Coyle were honored by their teammates as captains, and on offense, lineman Danny Kistler, Jr. and quarterback Jordan Johnson were named team captains.
Head coach Mick Delaney looked back on Johnson's past year, and was impressed with his poise and leadership skills.
“It’s just kind of a refreshing thing to see how much respect this team has for Jordan Johnson,” Delaney said. “With the difficulties he’s gone through the last year, they’ve supported him and hung in there with him, and he’s hung in there with them even though he wasn’t able to hang around our them or our program.
“I think he’s a great leader,” Delaney continued. “He’s kind of a quiet leader in some respects, but still strong enough to get guys to perform and do the things they are supposed to do, and get them to do those things to the best of their abilities. That’s one of the signs of a leader. I think all four of our guys have that quality.”
The Grizzlies will go into their summer weight programs, and due to NCAA regulations, can have no formal contact with their coaches. Fall drills will begin in the first week of August, then the team will host perennial powerhouse Appalachian State to start the season on Labor Day weekend.