The feel-good day that was Saturday continues its trickle-down effect for the Montana Grizzly football team.
The convincing 29-10 win over Montana State in the 120th Brawl of the Wild football game was followed by a No. 6 seed in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, earning a bye week followed by a home playoff game (more on that in a moment). And weekly honors were bestowed upon two of the many Griz players who contributed so much in Saturday’s big victory.
UM Sports Information Director Eric Taber reports that the Montana Grizzlies earned a pair of weekly honors from the Big Sky Conference today (Monday). Linebacker Patrick O’Connell was named the ROOT Sports Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week, while kicker Kevin Macias earned the ROOT Sports Big Sky Special Teams Player of the Week.
O’Connell was once again a leader in Montana’s dominant defensive effort against MSU, spending much of the afternoon in the Bobcat backfield. The junior put up a game-high 11 tackles (four solo) with 1.5 sacks for 11 yards and one quarterback hurry. With 13 sacks on the season, he leads the Big Sky and is now fourth in the FCS in total sacks and is No. 8