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.