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Griz Football To Utilize Full-Backs

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"I joke a little bit with the guys and say 'now we're playing real football again, instead of everyone running around split out 50,000 miles, now we can see who the tough guys are and who they aren't," says Griz head coach Mick Delaney when talking about the changes to the offense.

As part of the transition to more of a traditional offensive set, the Griz brought in Boise State Fullback transfer Jamal Wilson, who after talking with current Bronco quarterbacks coach and former UM offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith, was sold on Missoula.

"He said basically the place was just like Boise, and is the same kind of atmosphere, and that made me feel really good," says the sophomore Wilson.

And then, Smith sold Delaney on the solidly built Wilson.

"He said we have a great young man here, who I think would be exactly who you're thinking of as far as a fullback goes, and that happened to be Jamal, and as you say the rest is history," says Delaney.

While Delaney and Wilson are excited he's on the team, the person who might be the MOST excited about Wilson's arrival is sophomore tailback Joey Counts, who before Wilson's transfer, was expected to play more at fullback.

"I was super excited to go back to Tailback, that's my primary position.  I stepped into the fullback role because I was one of the bigger backs here at Montana before Jamal got here, so I'm really happy to have him here now," says Counts.

While any fullback appreciates catching a few passes out of the backfield, as a high school linebacker, Wilson is quick to say one of his favorite aspects of the position, is the blocking.

"I like blocking because it's really the only thing where  it's not illegal, in fact it's perfectly legal to go out there and hit somebody as hard as you can, and the result of it is either them being in pain or us having a touchdown," says Wilson.

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