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Justin Calhoun happy to be back “on the dark side”

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Justin Calhoun didn’t know he’d be a cornerback this season for the Montana Grizzlies until he reported to meetings on Monday. But the converted wide receiver already sounds happy to back on that side of the ball.

“I’m just excited to be playing on defense again,” Calhoun said after practice on Thursday. “I love offense, I love receiver, but it’s always a good thing to be back on the dark side.”

Calhoun was a defensive back his first three years in high school at renowned football factory Long Beach Poly in Los Angeles, but shifted to wide receiver as a senior and stayed there when he got to Missoula.

The redshirt junior posted 1,210 receiving yards combined over the last two seasons, including 42 catches for 625 yards and six touchdowns during a breakout freshman season in 2016. Calhoun told Montana’s coaches he was willing to switch to defense after spring practice this year, and that he thought he could help the Grizzlies as a defensive back.

When he met with coaches on Monday, they let him know about his new role.

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