Freshman John Nguyen rushes for 145 yards in Montana’s victory

The University of Montana football team received a sneak peek at its future roster during Saturday’s 47-14 win over Oklahoma Panhandle State.

“That’s what made me happy, the way they rallied together in the second half with a lot of young guys playing all together at the same time.”

Sixty-three Grizzlies saw the field in Montana’s third victory of the season, none of whom had a bigger impact than freshman running back John Nguyen.  Nguyen, a Seattle, Wash., native, ran for 145 yards on 22 carries, averaging 6.5 yards-per-carry.  “I took the opportunity and just did my best,” Nguyen said.  “I couldn’t have done it without my linemen or my fullbacks. I just had a great time.”

John is the younger brother of former Grizzly Peter Nguyen, who ranks sixth all-time in career rushing yards at UM.Delaney said John, who stands at 5 feet 7 inches, acts like his older brother.“They’re both similar guys,” Delaney said.  “They work really, really hard and you know they love to play football.  They love the competition and they’re just so genuine and such humble young men.”John Nguyen’s best run of the game came on his 35-yard dash in the third quarter.

via Young players bring new energy to Griz football – Montana Kaimin: Sports.

Peter Nguyen attends Seahawk’s Rookie mini-camp


The rookie mini-camp concluded Sunday.

As it did, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll walked off with one of the 38 players here getting a tryout — running back Peter Nguyen of Bellevue High and Montana.

Only a few — if any — of the players who got tryouts this weekend will be signed, and Carroll understood that for many of the players here, this minicamp could serve as both a highlight of their careers, as well as an ending.

“Some of these guys won’t play football again, this might have been their last day on the football field,” Carroll said. “So we tried to show them that we really  did appreciate and respect the heck out of what they did for us. Peter Nguyen was one of those guys. Walked off the field with him here and he had a good time out here, he did fine, so it’s a fun part of the game.

The three workouts were no pads, no contact, so concrete evaluations are a little hard to make in this setting.

Still, Carroll said he saw enough to be excited about the 2013 draft class.

via Rookie mini-camp day three — Notes and quotes | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times.


Montana Grizzlies name Peter Nguyen team MVP for 2012

Running back and returner Peter Nguyen was named Montana’s 2012 Steve Carlson Award winner, given annually to the football team’s most valuable player.

The awards ceremony was held Sunday and Griz coach Mick Delaney dished out the hardware at the Doubletree Hotel.

Nguyen, a senior from Seattle, led the Grizzlies in rushing with 926 yards this season. He finished ranked sixth in career rush yards with 1,985 and all-purpose yards with 4,338.

via Griz name Nguyen team MVP for 2012 : Griz Football.

Montana Grizzlies runningback Peter Nguyen prepares for his last game

Montana State will spend this Saturday playing a game against Portland State in Bozeman while the Griz will be getting a jump on preparation for that huge clash. But Montana players admit, it’s not easy waiting for the big day to come.

“Really tough. Especially for me, or I bet all the seniors, just cause it’s going to be our last game. But right now, I think I’m just trying to focus up and learn as much as I can about them, and about what I need to do to prepare for the best game I can have,” running back Peter Nguyen said.

video of Nguyen’s 90 yard touchdown reception: Griz have extra time to prep for Cats | | Missoula, Montana.

Grizzlies beat Weber State, 24-21 behind Peter Nguyen’s 103 yards rushing and 88 yards recieving

Smithwick-Hann’s longest pass was a screen to Peter Nguyen that the senior running back – who also rushed for 103 yards – took 72 yards down to Weber 14. That set up Jordan Canada’s 4-yard touchdown run, putting Montana up 10-7 at 3:32 of the second quarter.

via Griz beat Weber State, 24-21 : Griz Football.

Peter Nguyen leads ground attack with 159 yards on 15 carries as Montana gets 1st Big Sky win, 40-17 over Northern Colorado

GREELEY, Colo. — Peter Nguyen ran for 159 yards and a touchdown to lead a strong team effort on the ground, and Montana spoiled Northern Colorado’s homecoming Saturday with a 40-17 victory.

Trent McKinney and Nate Harris also scored rushing touchdowns for the Grizzlies (3-3, 1-2 Big Sky), who totaled 294 yards rushing. Peter Nguyen’s 159 yards is a career high.

Montana led just 10-0 at halftime, and Dominic Gunn made it 10-7 when he returned the second-half kickoff 98 yards for a score for the Bears (1-4, 0-2). It was all Grizzlies after that.

via Peter Nguyen leads ground attack as Montana gets 1st Big Sky win, 40-17 over Northern Colorado – The Washington Post.