Montana returns just eight starters from its 11-3 team of a year ago
Ty has been a Griz assistant football coach eight of the past nine seasons
Grfiz trio will play for the North in the Players All-Star Classic in Little Rock
Montana advances to FCS playoffs for 18th time in last 19 seasons
Senior cornerback named to squad for second straight season
Montana: Caleb will start at the "mike" linebacker spot for the second year in a row. He is Montana's leading returning tackler. He has played in 42 games and has 156 career tackles.
2010: He started all 11 games for the Griz and had a team-high 112 tackles. He was fourth on the team with 7.5 tackles for loss. He was a second team All-Big Sky Conference selection. He had 11 or more tackles in six games. He was an all-league academic team pick for the third year in a row, and maintains a 3.27 GPA.
2009: He played in all 15 contests and was the Grizzlies' 13th (tie) leading tackler with 32 stops. He placed fourth in the 2010 Big Sky Conference track and field meet in the discus with a career-best throw of 161-2 1/4 and was sixth in the shot put with a career-long toss of 53-1.
2008: He played in all 16 games and was the 19th-ranked tackler as a "true" freshman with 18 stops. He qualified in the discus and shot put in the 2009 Big Sky track and field meet.
High School: He earned four letters in track and three in football at Borah High School. He was an all-state pick at linebacker and at tight end as a senior when he had 65 tackles (55 solos), along with 22 catches for 232 yards and four touchdowns. He was a three-time all-conference choice at linebacker. He was a team captain in football as a junior and senior.
He was the state champion in the shot put and discus as a junior and was tabbed "Thrower of the Year." He placed in the state shot put three times. Was team captain in football and track his junior and senior years. His prep teams won four state track titles, and he was the "Thrower of the Year" all four of those seasons. He set high school records in the bench press (390) and squat (515). His high school football coach was Vince Mann.
Career Highs: He had 17 tackles against Montana State last season. He had nine unassisted tackles at Cal Poly last year. He had an interception at Sacramento State in 2009.
Personal: His parents are Patrick and Nancy McSurdy of Boise. His major is communication studies. Birth date: Feb. 24, 1990.
Quoting Coach Pflugrad: "I think he's going to be a tremendous leader for us. I don't know if there is anyone on our team that I personally challenged more than Caleb in running faster, and we geared his winter conditioning drills around that. He led us in total tackles for us last year, but I think he could have averaged three or more per game if he can get there quicker between the tackles, and he showed some of that in the spring.
"He definitely played faster in the spring than he did last fall. I am really excited to see him come out and play hard, and again, bring those leadership skills that he does such a great job with."
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