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Being a quarterback at the University of Montana has to be interesting.  Two years ago, Jordan Johnson was the clear cut starter, then when he was away from football for a year, both Trent McKinney and Shay Smithwick-Hann started, and this year, we're back to Johnson, but it doesn't seem to be causing any issues at all.

"Well, only one guy can get the ball at that position, and I think they understand where we are in terms of depth, and why the guys are playing that are playing, so they are competitive guys, but they take care of each other, and help each other out too, so it's a good group," says Griz QB Coach/Co-Offensive Coordinator Kefense Hynson.

"Obviously Jordan is playing as well as anyone in the country, so he's been balling out really, and we're happy for him just to be back and playing like he is," says the junior QB Smithwick-Hann.

When Johnson rejoined the team before spring ball, he knew he wasn't automatically going to be the starter.

"I think we definitely compete every day in practice, but off the field, we're really good friends.  Shay and I are best friends, so it's neat to be able to come out and compete against guys you really like," says Johnson.

In addition to having Johnson this year, another major change from a year ago is the offense, something all the players seem to enjoy.

"I think it's been great, this is more what our team is built for, not the spread offense.  We can do a little bit of everything in this offense, which is nice.  We have a big physical O-line, and I think that's better for the pro-style set we've been using.  I think coach Kefense (Hynson) has done a good job of mixing it up, but at the same time, with coach (Scott) Gragg's knowledge, and his knowledge, it's a great offense for the people we have," says Smithwick-Hann.

While the backups may not play much on game day, it's safe to say there is plenty of value with them on the sidelines.

"I mean, Shay if he decides to is going to make a great coach some day, he helps me just as much as anybody during games, and I couldn't ask for a better back-up than Shay," says Johnson.

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