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Jordan Canada One of Four Griz Elected as Captains

Every spring the Griz football team elects their captains for the upcoming season. This year the team voted for Quarterback Jordan Johnson, Defensive Lineman Tonga Takai and Zack Wagenmann and Senior Running Back Jordan Canada.

"I think first I was just excited that my teammates expect a lot from me, that's really all it means. I think if you look at last year our captains when we needed to have a play they made plays. So I think being a captain means I have to step up and make plays on game day," said Senior Running Back Jordan Canada.

Becoming a captain his senior year wasn't really on Canada's radar when he first came to Montana. He battles injuries and playing time his first two years before being the feature back.

"It's definitely a coming of age type story, I had to watch a lot and be patient and work because when you have running backs ahead of you that are that good you can't just sit back and wait you have to be ready for your turn," said Canada.

Canada matured as a player in 2013 rushing for over 1,000 yards, but it was his maturing off the field and in the classroom that has him where he is now.

"You have to, when you get here you are basically allowed to roam free, your mom's not here your dad's nowhere to be found and you have to choose to go to class. Your teachers and professors don't care if you go or not because the class goes on without you and you definitely have to grow up and realize you have to be there because it stabilizes you to play football, it goes with it it's a package deal," said Canada.

"You know I really never had the answers the first two years with Jordan and how to get him to turn around but Coach Green has done an excellent job both on and off the field. Jordan was never a problem in the weight room or on the field he just struggled with school and going to class and he's seen the value in that now and he's just made a complete turn around in the last year," said Head Coach Mick Delaney.

Canada says as a captain his teammates will look for him to make plays and be one of their leaders and their teammates are ready to follow him.

"I think its awesome that he's a captain, I love Jordan Canada, I love blocking for him just like I do all our backs but Jordan is too nice of a guy and an amazing dude and we all love him," said Griz Junior Offensive Lineman John Schmaing.

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