Griz football starts fall camp - KULR8.com | News, Weather & Sports in Billings, Montana

Griz football starts fall camp

Posted: Updated:

Montana Sports Information--

The temps were high but so was the energy at Dornblaser Field for the first practice of the Montana Grizzlies' fall camp on Wednesday.

Breaking a sweat was not an issue for the team as coach Bobby Hauck put the Griz through the paces in the two-and-a-half-hour session, with the mercury hovering in the mid 90's.

Maybe it was the sweaty hands, maybe the sun was in some eyes, but the first practice jitters were apparent for the Griz as they took the field in helmets and shorts. But the slip-ups didn't hold back Montana's enthusiasm.

"It was an OK practice. I thought the attitude carried on from spring ball to now, so that was good. Certainly, the execution didn't look game ready, but the good news is we have some time," said Hauck following practice.

After a summer helping lead the team through player-run-practices, junior quarterback Dalton Sneed echoed Hauck's thoughts on a bumpy first day of practice but was just excited to be back on the field with his teammates.

"I think overall it went pretty well. We expected some errors, but that's why we have film tonight," said Sneed.

"Everybody is just fired up to be out here. We've been training so hard the last two, three months. Lifting, running, day in and day out. We're just happy to get a ball in our hands, be able to fly around, put some helmets on and hit each other a little bit. So, it's been good."

Sneed, who knows a thing or two about heat as an Arizona native who spent time at UNLV, is the most experienced quarterback with Montana's system after emerging out of spring drills as the favored signal-caller. He'll compete with five other quarterbacks for the starting job this fall.

When the Griz de-bussed at Dornblaser Field, south of the UM campus, for the first practice of the season, running onto the grass was a sensation not felt at a Montana fall camp for nearly two years.

Hauck has taken the Griz show on the road this year, just as he did in his previous seven-year stint that led to seven-straight Big Sky titles.

For Hauck, the reasons for the change of venue are three-fold, and for him, player safety is at the top of that list.

"I think the grass is safer and it's a little cooler out here, and I just think it's a little safer surface to play on," said Hauck.

"I also think it's productive to practice somewhere other than in our stadium. The only time we play outside our stadium is when we go on the road. I don't think that's productive. I think you have to play wherever they ask you to play. The space is great out here too. We have a lot of field space, and we can spread out with our sleds, there's a lot of room to work."

The Grizzly coaching staff will now break down the film from practice one and hold position meetings and team walk throughs for the rest of the afternoon to prepare for tomorrow's mid-day practice.

"We have a lot of meeting time on a daily basis. Offense, defense, kicking, as well as walk throughs. Everything we do, we recap, get corrections and do installations, so the days are full."

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Glendive mother charged in hot car death of toddler

    Glendive mother charged in hot car death of toddler

    Friday, August 17 2018 1:17 PM EDT2018-08-17 17:17:12 GMT

    A 19-year-old Glendive woman has been charged with negligent homicide in the death of her 2-year-old son. 

    A 19-year-old Glendive woman has been charged with negligent homicide in the death of her 2-year-old son. 

  • Friday night storms spark new fires in Montana

    Friday night storms spark new fires in Montana

    Saturday, August 18 2018 9:20 AM EDT2018-08-18 13:20:40 GMT

    Friday night storms sparked a few new fire starts throughout Montana.  Madison County Emergency Management reports the storm sparked two new fires in their county around 6 p.m. The first was up Standard Creek. Crews were able to keep that fire to less than an acre.  The second fire was outside of Norris on Sterling Road. That fire spread to about 75 acres before crews were able to contain it.  There are also reports of new fire starts outside of Helena.  Those ...

    Friday night storms sparked a few new fire starts throughout Montana.  Madison County Emergency Management reports the storm sparked two new fires in their county around 6 p.m. The first was up Standard Creek. Crews were able to keep that fire to less than an acre.  The second fire was outside of Norris on Sterling Road. That fire spread to about 75 acres before crews were able to contain it.  There are also reports of new fire starts outside of Helena.  Those ...

  • Money Back: 109-year-old takes full advantage of Montana Club birthday discount

    Money Back: 109-year-old takes full advantage of Montana Club birthday discount

    Saturday, August 18 2018 8:38 AM EDT2018-08-18 12:38:27 GMT

    If you've ever visited the Montana Club restaurants in Missoula to celebrate your birthday, you know that they offer a generous discount. Turning 38? Take 38 percent off your meal.  One Western Montana woman took full advantage of that program Friday. Helen Self turned 109.

    If you've ever visited the Montana Club restaurants in Missoula to celebrate your birthday, you know that they offer a generous discount. Turning 38? Take 38 percent off your meal.  One Western Montana woman took full advantage of that program Friday. Helen Self turned 109.

  • Couple gets married at historic M&M bar in Butte

    Couple gets married at historic M&M bar in Butte

    Friday, August 17 2018 5:33 PM EDT2018-08-17 21:33:03 GMT

    BUTTE - The M&M Bar in uptown Butte has been open since 1890, and on Thursday the historic bar hosted its first wedding.

    BUTTE - The M&M Bar in uptown Butte has been open since 1890, and on Thursday the historic bar hosted its first wedding.

  • Bacon Rind Fire continues to burn Yellowstone National Park

    Bacon Rind Fire continues to burn Yellowstone National Park

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 1:01 PM EDT2018-08-15 17:01:17 GMT
    Bacon Rind Fire, July 22, 2018.Bacon Rind Fire, July 22, 2018.
    Bacon Rind Fire, July 22, 2018.Bacon Rind Fire, July 22, 2018.

    The Bacon Rind Fire continues to burn over a thousand acres of Yellowstone National Park and the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, as fire crews attempt to slow the wildfire.  National Forest Service officials said in a press release that the fire experienced minimal growth yesterday. 

    The Bacon Rind Fire continues to burn over a thousand acres of Yellowstone National Park and the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, as fire crews attempt to slow the wildfire.  National Forest Service officials said in a press release that the fire experienced minimal growth yesterday. 

  • The Latest: Evacuation warning issued for Polebridge area

    The Latest: Evacuation warning issued for Polebridge area

    Friday, August 17 2018 6:01 PM EDT2018-08-17 22:01:28 GMT

    Glacier National Park and Flathead County officials have issued a fire evacuation warning in the Kintla Lake and Polebridge areas.

    Glacier National Park and Flathead County officials have issued a fire evacuation warning in the Kintla Lake and Polebridge areas.

  • Missoula boy battling cancer receives support from New England Patriots

    Missoula boy battling cancer receives support from New England Patriots

    Friday, August 17 2018 5:12 PM EDT2018-08-17 21:12:12 GMT
    courtesy the Berry familycourtesy the Berry family
    courtesy the Berry familycourtesy the Berry family

    A Missoula boy fighting a rare cancer has the New England Patriots on his side.

    A Missoula boy fighting a rare cancer has the New England Patriots on his side.

  • Yellowstone visitor warned for standing too close to bison

    Yellowstone visitor warned for standing too close to bison

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 2:25 PM EDT2018-08-15 18:25:23 GMT
    photo: Douglas Scott on Twitterphoto: Douglas Scott on Twitter

    A Yellowstone National Park visitor standing too close to a bison said the potential danger is "fake news," according to a social media post that's going viral.

    A Yellowstone National Park visitor standing too close to a bison said the potential danger is "fake news," according to a social media post that's going viral.