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Three Grizzly Football Players Honored for Academic Excellence

Three seniors from the University of Montana football team were honored late last week for their academic achievement.

The National Football Foundation’s New Hampshire Society announced that Peter Nguyen, Josh Harris and Sam Gratton were recognized, along with over 700 other seniors from across all levels of college football for finishing their collegiate careers with a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or better.

According to a news release from Grizzly Sports Information:

A wide receiver from Billings, Gratton started all 11 games this past season and had a team-high (tie) 29 receptions and led the Griz with four touchdown grabs.  He was an honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference pick.  Gratton maintains a 3.48 in business management.

Sam Gratton
photo from Montana Sports Information

Harris, a defensive end from Kalispell, started in 10 of 11 games last year, and was UM’s ninth leading tackler with 39 stops.  He was third on the team with 7.5 tackles for loss, and led UM with six quarterback hurries.  Following his senior season he received UM’s Pat Norwood Award (most inspirational player).Harris carries a 3.67 in Sociology.

Josh Harris
photo courtesy of Montana Sports Informatuion

A running back and punt returner from Seattle, Wash., Nguyen played in all 11 games a year ago and led the Griz with 926 yards rushing, which ranked him sixth in the Big Sky.  This past season he was chosen UM’s Steve Carlson Award (MVP) winner, and was a second team all-league pick.  He was ranked 18th in the FCS in punt returns (9.88 average). 

 Nguyen finished his career at Montana ranked sixth in school history with 1,985 career rushing yards, and all purpose yards with 4,323.  He has a 3.27 GPA in business management. 

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