Record-setting Montana quarterback Dalton Sneed has signed to play professional football with the defending Grey Cup champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League, the club announced Monday.
Since leading the Grizzlies back to the FCS Quarterfinals for the first time in a decade in December, Sneed has been training in his home state of Arizona, working to turn his pro football dreams into a reality.
“The dream has always been to continue playing football. That’s all I could ask for after finishing up with the Grizzlies, and now that I’ve got it, it’s a dream come true,” said Sneed in a video call with GoGriz.com.
“Like I said, I’m just extremely grateful, and man I’m just fired up. I can’t wait until everything resumes back to normal so I can get up there and start throwing the ball around with some new teammates.”
Sneed, who has been working out in a home gym with former Grizzly Justin Calhoun since social distancing measures were enacted, says the process of becoming a Blue Bomber came quickly after months of training.
“I got a call kind of out of the blue from Coach Rosy (UM OC Timm Rosenbach) one day actually, and he said that Winnipeg was interested and they were going to give me a call, and that started the ball rolling,” said Sneed.
“A week later I got a call from my agent and he said hey, the Blue Bombers want to offer you a contract, and I was like, ‘wow, alright. Yeah, let’s go. I’m on board’. Four or five days later I ended up signing the contract and now here I am, officially a Blue Bomber.”
The Grizzlies’ two-time offensive MVP, 2019 All-Big Sky Honorable Mention, and 2018 Big Sky Newcomer of the Year finished his illustrious two-year career in Missoula with 6,159 passing yards, the eighth-most of any quarterback in program history.
A true dual-threat quarterback, Sneed also racked up 7,002 yards of total offense, the most of any two-year player in program history and the sixth-most total yards overall. Sneed finished his career at UM averaging 304.4 yards of total offense over the course of 23 games, the third-best average in Griz history. This despite missing two games his senior season.
The 6-foot-1, 216-pound Scottsdale native also finished his career with the sixth-most passing touchdowns in school history (47), with his 2019 season passing total of 3,436 yards slotting in as the sixth-best individual season in program history.
As a senior he became the first Grizzly to ever win three-straight Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors after a three-game stretch where he passed for 999 yards and 11 touchdowns against eventual FCS playoff participant Monmouth, defending Big Sky champion UC Davis and Idaho State.
As a junior, Sneed set a new school record for most rushing yards in a game by a quarterback with 206 and three touchdowns to go along with 440 yards of total offense against Sacramento State.
The 2019 UM graduate now becomes the fourth quarterback on the roster for the defending Grey Cup champion Bombers, joining former Oklahoma State QB Dru Brown, former Cincinnati standout Zach Collaros, as well as former Western Illinois signal-caller Sean McGuire, who passed for 360 yards in a 2018 win over the Grizzlies.
The CFL was slated to open training camp May 17, but has postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.
Sneed is now the 148th player in Montana history to join the professional ranks. Other former Grizzlies active in the CFL include Calgary Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson and his brother Craig Dickenson who is the head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Former Grizzly Brock Sunderland is also the general manager and vice president of football operations for the Edmonton Eskimos.