More Conference Honors for Montana Grizzly Football Standouts

The Big Sky Conference announced its annual postseason football honors today (Tuesday), and the Montana Grizzlies are well represented.

UM Sports Information Director Eric Taber reports that with an FCS-best eight interceptions this season, cornerback Justin Ford earned one of the league’s marquee individual awards and six Grizzlies earned first-team All-Big Sky honors, as the conference rolled out its end-of-year awards.

Ford was named the Big Sky Conference Newcomer of the Year while a total of 14 Grizzlies earned All-Big Sky honors, including six first-team selections – tied for the most in the league, and the most for the Grizzlies in one season since 2011.

In his first season as a Grizzly after arriving from Louisville, Justin, a junior, has been one of the most dominant defensive backs in all of Division-I football, going on an unprecedented streak with eight interceptions in eight-straight games. His eight picks are not only the most in FCS football, but in FBS and D-II football as well. In addition to interceptions, he also ranks third in the nation in total passes defended and is second in the Big Sky and top-15 in the FCS in fumbles recovered.

Linebacker Patrick O’Connell leads the Big Sky in sacks as a

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