Griz athletes share thier skills with Special Olympians
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
Montana advances to FCS playoffs for 18th time in last 19 seasons
Montana advances to the FCS semifinals for the 11th time in school history
Montana: Alex will be starting at the "will" linebacker position for the third season in a row, and is the Grizzlies' third-leading returning tackler. He has played in 37 career games with 25 starts. He begins his senior season with 156 career tackles.
2010: He was Montana's fourth leading tackler with 62 stops. He was sixth on the squad with 6.5 tackles for loss. He started in 10 games (he missed the Idaho State game due to an injury). He had five or more tackles in seven contests, and 10 or more in two games.
He was named to the Big Sky Conference's all-academic team for the third season in a row.
2009: He started all 15 contests and was the team's fourth-leading tacker with 79 stops. He had two forced fumbles which tied him for the second most on the team. He had five or more tackles in seven games.
2008: He played in 12 contests as a true freshman, garnering 15 tackles. High School: He was Washington's 4A co-Player of the Year as a senior for his state champion Lewis and Clark High School team which had a record of 12-2. He lettered four times in track and field, and three times in both football and basketball.
He was a first team all-state at linebacker and all-conference at running back and at linebacker his senior year. His senior season he rushed for 1,655 yards, including an impressive 793 yards on 151 carries in state playoff games. He rushed for 176 yards and was voted the "Player of the Game" in the state championship against Bothell High School. He was a three-time team all-league pick in football.
He was the Greater Spokane League shot put (55-0) champion as a junior and member of winning 4x100 relay team. He was team captain in football as a junior and senior. He lettered three times in football, basketball, and track. His prep football coach was Tom Yearout. He was nominated for the Eastern Washington "Student-Athlete of the Year Award" following his senior season.
Career Highs: He had a career-high 14 tackles (seven unassisted) at Weber State last season. He had 10 tackles, a tackle for loss, and a pass deflection in UM's 24-14 FCS semifinal win over Appalachian State in 2009. He had an 11-yard interception return against Idaho State in 2008.
Personal: His parents are Carl and Diane Shaw of Spokane. His major is business (finance). Birth date: June 28, 1990.
Quoting Coach Pflugrad: "I think every single charity in Missoula, and there are quite a few, he is involved in in some capacity. He's also involved on our campus and serves on different committees representing our football team, our athletic department, and our University of Montana in such a positive way. He is just an incredible person.
"The one thing on the field that we really challenged him was his open-field tackling. At some points last year that's an area in which he struggled a bit. I know he worked very hard to improve on that this past spring, and hopefully he can carry that over into fall camp. If improves his open-field tackling he be a complete player for us, because he is already a very physical player. He has the ability to blitz the quarterback off the edge, and he can still do a nice job in pass defense."
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