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Griz's Wagenmann Named Defensive POW for Second Time

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For the second time in the past three weeks the University of Montana's Zack Wagenmann has been chosen the Big Sky Conference's ROOT SPORTS football Player of the Week on defense for his play in the Grizzlies' 18-15 win at North Dakota last Saturday.

The other two recipients for the Big Sky's ROOT SPORTS football Players of the Week for games played on Saturday, Oct. 4, were Montana State quarterback Dakota Prukop on offense and MSU returner Gunnar Brekke for special teams.

A 6-3 ½, 255-pound senior defensive end from Missoula, Wagenmann registered a team-high eight tackles at UND – three for loss – with two sacks, two quarterback hurries, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and a pass breakup.

Wagenmann, a Buck Buchanan Award candidate, got the Grizzlies on the board when he sacked the North Dakota QB in the end zone after a bad snap. In the second quarter, he also sacked the UND quarterback, causing a fumble that he recovered at the North Dakota 6-yard line.

He led a Montana defense that kept North Dakota scoreless until 6:37 remained in the game. UM allowed 45 rush yards and 241 yards of total offense. Wagenmann leads the Big Sky and ranks third in the nation with nine sacks (1.50 a game). He's ranked second in the league and 13th in the FCS averaging 1.9 tackles for loss. This is Wagenmann's third Player of the Week honor of his career.

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