Griz gridders will be in full gear and begin contact drills this Friday
Montana returns just eight starters from its 11-3 team of a year ago
Montana advances to FCS playoffs for 18th time in last 19 seasons
Montana will host second-ranked N. Iowa Dec. 9th or 10th in the quarterfinals
Montana: Brody begins his senior campaign season ranked fourth in school history in career field goals and field goal attempts (38-of-59). He is also ranked fourth career-wise in PATs (157-of-166). His career field goal percentage of 64.4% ranks him fifth, while his career PAT percentage of 94.6% ranks him sixth. He starts the 2011 season ranked seventh in career scoring with 271 points (157 PATs and 38 field goals).
2010: He had an excellent season, making 14-of-18 field goals (two were blocked), with a long of 53 at Eastern Washington. He was a second team All-Big Sky Conference pick as a placekicker.
He was chosen the co-recipient of UM's annual Steve Carlson Award (MVP), sharing it with record-setting senior halfback Chase Reynolds.
Brody also handled the punting chores for the Grizzlies last season, averaging 38.5 yards on 53 attempts, with 13 of them inside the 20-yard line, and a long of 64 at Weber State.
He was ranked 16th (tie) in the FCS, averaging 1.27 field goals per game. He was 22nd in the nation in scoring, averaging 7.55 points a game.
2009: He had a solid year making 15-of-25 field goal attempts and 64-of-67 PATs. He kicked a 33-yard game-winning field goal as time expired in a dramatic 12-10 win at Idaho State.
Of his 10 field goal misses, two were blocked, and four were from 50 yards out or further. He kicked a career-long 54 yard field goal in a 41-34 home win over Eastern Washington.
He scored 109 points, which ranks him eighth in single-season history. He averaged 7.27 points a game, which ranked him 33rd in the FCS. He was an All-Big Sky honorable mention selection.
2008: He played in 15 games (he did not play against Southern Utah) and took over Montana's starting kicking duties early in the season. He did not attempt a punt. He was Montana's third-leading scorer with 79 points. Kicked the game-winning field goal, a 42-yarder, with one second to go in a 38-35 home win over Central Washington. Made 9-of-16 field goal attempts and 52-of-57 PATs.
2007: He attended Purdue, but did not play football there.
High School: He earned three letters in football and three in field lacrosse at Vancouver College Prep. His varsity football team won three conference championships and were the Provincial runners-up, going 11-1, 11-1, 12-1. He was an All-Provincial and all-league pick as a junior and senior and he was named his team's special teams MVP those seasons. McKnight made 90 percent of his field goal attempts as a senior and averaged 41.5 yards per punt. He was ranked the top kicker in his class as a senior by AP Canadian Gridiron. His prep football coach was Todd Bennett.
Career Highs: His career-long field goal is 54 yards at Northern Arizona in 2009. He kicked four field goals against Idaho State last season, and he made a 53-yarder at Eastern Washington last year. He made 7-7 in PATs versus Portland State in 2009, and also had seven (of nine) PATs versus South Dakota State that season. His career-long punt is a 64-yarder at Weber State last season. He had 11 punts at Portland State last year. He did not attempt a punt in 2008 or 2009.
Personal: His parents are Kelly and Jenny McKnight of Vancouver. His major is sociology. Birth date: Oct. 20, 1989.
Brody was selected in the first round (eighth pick) by the Montreal Alouettes in the 2011 Canadian Football League draft.
Quoting Coach Pflugrad: "When you're co-MVP with Chase Reynolds and the great career that he had here, that's saying a lot. Brody is kind of going that with his career, with a tremendous ability to play both spots as a punter and a kicker, plus he kicks off for us too. Some teams have three different players handling those duties. To be drafted in the first round in the CFL, what an honor for him. That tells you what they think about him up north. He will have his chances there after his senior season. However, I think he's going to get a chance to play in the National Football League if he's as consistent as he was last year. He's in good condition and can handle all of those duties, and he becomes very marketable by doing all three things."
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