Editor’s Note: This story is the part of a short series on the Montana football program despite the cancellation of spring football practices across the Big Sky Conference. The Griz conducted seven football practices before the rest of spring ball was called off. All quotes in this article come from an exclusive interview of Montana third-year head coach Bobby Hauck.
Bobby Hauck isn’t one to enjoy extended time off from work. So when the Montana Grizzlies found out that the second half of their scheduled spring football practices would not take place, Hauck started feeling what a great many have felt as the world tries to navigate a new normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has shocked the globe.
“I’m holding up great but I’m starting to get a little stir crazy,” Hauck said in an interview earlier this month. “We know each other well enough to know that none of us are real good at sitting around. It’s ok for a couple of days and then you start pacing. I’m driving my wife crazy.”
The improvements from Hauck’s first season back at his alma mater in 2018 to last season’s 10-win campaign were significant for Montana. The 2019 Griz resembled the teams Hauck led during his first stint at UM from 2003 until 2009, particularly with a defense that played with high effort and consistently ran to the football.
Spring football is a time to begin transitioning from graduated stars and start analyzing rising potential contributors. The Grizzlies first and foremost must find a replacement for their outstanding man in the middle of their defense.
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