UW-Montana notes and quotes

Here are some notes and a few quotes for Saturday’s Wyoming-Montana football game:

–“I think I’ve come far enough, but I wouldn’t say I’m done growing.” — UW senior strong safety and team captain Darrenn White. White was a starter last season, but suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in the sixth game of 2013.

Craig Bohl

Craig Bohl

–When UW coach Craig Bohl was at FCS North Dakota State, his teams didn’t play Montana a lot but came close in two of the last three years in the FCS playoffs where the Bison won three straight FCS national titles. Bohl and many of the staff members he brought with him from North Dakota State to UW scouted Montana plenty. Could that be an advantage for the Cowboys today, and could Montana be at a slight disadvantage not knowing completely what UW will do? “It means a little bit, but we’re not going to do tons of different things that we did at North Dakota State. There will be some new things we do different offensively and defensively to adapt to our personnel here. I’m sure (Montana’s) coaches have taken a look at North Dakota State film. A lot of their guys on their team we tried to recruit (at North Dakota State) so we know a lot about them.”

–Bohl was 7-3 against FBS teams while at North Dakota State. Now he is on the other side of that fence at UW. “A lot of it comes in a point of reference. The years we played a Big Ten school it had some impact. But with (UW and Montana) being bordering states like this, you can throw all the numbers out. This is going to be an excellent game and we’re excited to play it.”

Sam Hardy

Sam Hardy

–“At first I started second-guessing myself if I made the right decision. But as time went on I liked it way more than playing defense.” — UW sophomore offensive guard Sam Hardy, who could start today at right guard, on the move he made from defensive line to offensive line last season.

–Montana junior receiver and return specialist Ellis Henderson is listed as an ‘or’ starter at receiver for the game. Henderson did not do much during fall camp due to an illness. He is one of the Grizzlies’ top big-play threats at receiver and in the return game.

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