Despite standout freshman year, Jensen has competition this spring


Last year, Gresch Jensen was thrown into the fire. The strong-armed quarterback finished with one of the most productive seasons by a freshman in Montana Grizzlies history.

Jensen won the team’s offensive MVP in 2017, the first Montana freshman ever to do so, after replacing injured starting quarterback Reese Phillips in the third game of the season. He started seven of the eight remaining games, missing one with an injury of his own, and ended up completing over 60 percent of his passes for 2,531 yards and 20 touchdowns against 10 interceptions.

This year, he’ll be able to have a full offseason of preparation as the starter, but is facing the challenges of meshing with a new coaching staff, as well as some internal competition.

At practice Wednesday, neither head coach Bobby Hauck nor offensive coordinator Timm Rosenbach ruled out a quarterback battle between Jensen and transfer Dalton Sneed, a redshirt junior who was previously recruited by Hauck and Rosenbach to UNLV.

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Andrew Houghton is a freelance journalist living in Missoula. Lacey Young is the photo editor of the Montana Kaimin. All Rights Reserved. 

About Andrew Houghton

Andrew Houghton grew up in Washington, DC. He graduated from the University of Montana journalism school in December 2015 and spent time working on the sports desk at the Daily Tribune News in Cartersville, Georgia, before moving back to Missoula and becoming a part of Skyline Sports in early 2018.

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