While some players have stayed to work on their own in Missoula, the Grizzly football team is on break, with coaches away from the offices, but regardless of where the team may be, they are all staying motivated for one of the more difficult schedules they've seen in recent years.
"Something I think Montana thrives on are huge challenges. We go to Wyoming, we go to North Dakota State, then have Central Washington and South Dakota at home, so that first four game stretch will be a real challenge, but our guys are excited for it, and that's one of the things they are working toward every workout, in their mind remembering we start with an FBS school, so we have to work harder than we ever have to get off to a good start," says head coach Mick Delaney.
If the Griz are to get off to a good start, Coach Delaney says defensively it's about filling the positions vacated by several all-time greats like current Miami Dolphin Jordan Tripp, and current Seattle Seahawk Brock Coyle.
"Obviously three linebackers and a corner are gone, all all-conference guys, and we have to fill those holes, but our young guys at linebacker have done a good job, we have six of them this spring, and we've got guys who don't have a ton of experience, but they'll get experience fast with the schedule we've got," says Delaney.
While they may lack experience at some positions, coach Delaney has plenty of faith in several important positions as they approach fall camp.
"I think offensively we have great depth at running back. We have Jordan Johnson back, who I think is as good of a quarterback as there is in FCS football, and we have skilled wide receivers coming back, tight ends coming back as well. We do have a few holes to fill on the offensive line, but as is always the case with Montana football, it's somebody else's turn. You put three lineman in NFL camps, and you've got to have some young guys step up and get ready to play, and I think they'll do that," says Delaney.