With a total defensive team domination effort, it might have been tough for coaches to choose just one nominee.

But it's hard to argue that this was a pretty darned good choice. And being only a sophomore, it's likely there will be more accolades like these ahead during his Griz career.

The Montana Grizzlies put in their most dominant defensive effort of the season on Saturday, shutting-out Northern Colorado for a second-straight year while allowing the Bears just 18 rushing yards and 94 yards of total offense in a 40-0 win.

University of Montana Sports Information Director Eric Taber tells us that today (Monday), Montana sophomore linebacker Riley Wilson, who led Montana with an impressive stat line of six tackles, three sacks, and four tackles for loss, was named Big Sky Conference  Defensive Player of the Week. He also received an honorable mention for the Stats Perform FCS Defensive Player of the Week.

It’s the first weekly Big Sky for Wilson, a native of Prosper, Texas, who transferred to Montana from Hawaii in the spring. And, as team, the Griz have now gone three straight "active" weeks earning a conference Player of the Week award. Ryder Meyer was the Defensive Player of the Week and Grant Glasgow earned the Special Teams award following UM’s October 14 win at Idaho. Aaron Fontes was the Offensive Player of the Week on October 7 after the win at UC Davis.

The Griz were on a bye week during games played October 21.


This week's Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) rankings have been released. In the coaches poll, Montana has jumped to #3, behind South Dakota State and Furman. After their 24-21 win over Montana State Saturday, Idaho jumped to #5 behind Incarnate Word. Montana State fell from #2 to #8.


Just a notch ahead of the Bobcats at #7 sits Sacramento State, this Saturday's Big Sky Conference opponent for the Griz. Ya think that home crowd at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula will be slightly enthused?

We will be on the air live at 4:00 p.m. for the two-hour pregame show from the Grizzly Scholarship Association tailgate area. Please stop by and listen to the broadcast as you get revved up for that 6:00 p.m. kickoff vs. the Hornets. The weather may not be our best friend, with rain likely, but with a high of 51 and a low of 37 Saturday.

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