Montana returns just eight starters from its 11-3 team of a year ago
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
Johnson, McSurdy, Opperud join elite group of gridders
Montana: Jon will be starting for the third season in a row in 2011. He has played in 35 career games, and started in 24. He did not participate in spring drills because of an injury, but is expected to be OK by fall camp.
2010: He started in 10 of 11 games (he missed the opener due to an injury) at left tackle. He was moved from guard to tackle in the spring. "Oppie" was one of the reasons the Grizzlies were ranked 16th in the FCS in scoring (31.73 points a game) and 28th in passing offense (233.55 yards per game).
2009: He started 14 of 15 games at left guard (he missed the Cal Poly game because of an injury). He was one of the keys to Montana's nationally ranked offense that was second in the Football Subdivision in scoring (35.8 ppg), ninth in total offense (427.0 ypg), and 14th in passing offense (267.2 ypg). He was an honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference selection.
2008: He saw action in 11 games as a "true" freshman, playing on both the offensive line and on special teams.
High School: He earned three letters in football, three in basketball, and two in track at Milwaukie High School.
He was chosen his team's Outstanding Offensive Lineman of the Year as a senior, when he started both ways. His high school football coach was Roland Aumueller. He served as a team captain in football, basketball, and track. He was team MVP and all-league in basketball as a senior when he averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds a game. He was also MVP and a second team all-state pick in track his senior year, and he placed fourth in the state in the discus. He was the conference champion in the discus and shot put in 2008.
Personal: His parents are Jon and Gail Opperud of Portland. His major is business. Birth date: February 13, 1990.
Quoting Coach Pflugrad: "He's worked so darn hard during his career. We hope, and expect, Jon to be healthy and ready for a great senior year. He's played a lot of reps for us in his career at Montana. He's been a starter since his sophomore year when he was at guard, and then we moved him out to tackle, and that says a lot about his versatility. What's neat about Jon is that we can play him at either the guard or tackles and he's started at both positions, although he stayed at tackle through all of last season.
"Unfortunately he missed most of spring practice because of an injury, which really inhibited his ability to improve. He is a very solid player, but he has to get better for us, and we know that he has the ability and the work ethic to do that."
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