Hardy and Kistler named to Big Sky pre-season all-conference team
July 15, 2012
The University of Montana's Greg Hardy and Danny Kistler have been named to the 2012 Big Sky Conference preseason all-conference team, the league announced today. The Grizzlies had no players named to the defensive squad.
A 6-5, 245-pound senior from Fairview, Mont., Hardy will be starting at tight end for the third straight season in 2012. Last year he was the Grizzlies' fourth (tie) leading receiver with 22 receptions.
Last season Hardy was a first team All-Big Sky Conference pick, and he started all 14 games for the 11-3 Griz.
Kistler, a 6-8, 315-pound junior from Seattle, Wash., was also recently named a preseason All-American by The Sports Network. He was a second team pick at guard, where he started all 14 games a year ago, but he was moved to tackle this past spring.
Kistler, a second team All-Big Sky selection last season, was one of 14 players from the league named to The Sports Network's first, second, or third team preseason All-America unit.
"That's probably about where we should be," said Griz head coach Mick Delaney. "Greg is coming off a great season last year and was named all-conference a year ago. Andy Danny is an up-and-coming player, and is certainly, I think, as good an offensive lineman as there is not only in the conference, but in the Football Championship Subdivision.
"They are both very, very well-deserving, and now with the four new teams in the league, obviously it's going to be more difficult to place four, five or six guys on that all-league team. In all reality it's a great honor, but you've still got to play and do what you have to do to be a good football player.
"It really matters more at the end of the season where you are at, both in individual honors and in the team situation," he said. "It's important obviously where you're at in December when it's time for the playoffs.
"I am very happy where we are with two all-conference players," Delaney said. "I think we will surprise a lot of people with our defense. There are a lot of unknowns on that defense. We have (junior linebacker) Jordy Tripp back, who certainly would have been a first team all-conference player had he not been injured in the third game (last season). I think (senior defensive end) Josh Harris is another guy who deserves some recognition. From there on we've got a great linebacking core, and our guys up front and in the back end are going to surprise some people."
2012 Big Sky Preseason All-Conference Team
Position-Player Year Hometown School
QB Brad Sorensen Sr. Grand Terrace, Calif. Southern Utah
RB Zach Bauman Jr. Chandler, Ariz. Northern Arizona
RB Cody Kirk Jr. Frenchtown, Mont. Montana State
FB Tevia Tolutau So. Provo, Utah Weber State
OL Zach Brackus Sr. Murray, Utah Southern Utah
OL Tytan Timoteo Sr. Wainae, Hawai'I Weber State
C Ray Wilburn Sr. San Bernardino, Calif. UC Davis
OL Danny Kistler Jr. Seattle, Wash. Montana
OL Will Post Sr. Portland, Ore. Eastern Washington
TE Greg Hardy Sr. Fairview, Mont. Montana
WR Nicholas Edwards Sr. Tacoma, Wash. Eastern Washington
WR Rodrick Rumble Sr Oak Harbor, Wash. Idaho State
WR Greg Hardin Sr. Bellevue, Neb. North Dakota
WR Brandon Kaufman Jr. Denver, Colo. Eastern Washington
K Zack Brown Sr. Keizer, Ore. Portland State
Ret. Dominic Gunn Sr. Aurora, Colo. Northern Colorado
Position-Player Year Hometown School
DE Bobby Daly Jr. Helena, Mont. Montana State
DE Bobby Erskine Sr. San Diego, Calif. UC Davis
DT *Zach Minter Sr. Glendale, Ariz. Montana State
DT Cody Larsen Sr. Draper, Utah Southern Utah
LB *Jody Owens Sr. Mesquite, Texas Montana State
LB Ian Sluss Sr. Vista, Calif. Portland State
LB Kennith Jackson Sr. Santa Clara, Calif. Cal Poly
LB Clarence Bumpas Jr. Colorado Springs, Colo. Northern Colorado
LB Todd Davis Jr. Palmdale, Calif. Sacramento State
CB *T.J. Lee III Jr. Seattle, Wash. Eastern Washington
CB Darius Jones Sr. Rockwall, Texas Montana State
S Keyvin Lewis Sr. Sacramento, Calif. UC Davis
S Joel Fuller Sr. Libby, Mont. Montana State
P Colton Schmidt Sr. Bakersfield, Calif. UC Davis
ST Nevin Lewis Sr. Culver, Ore. Portland State
Offensive MVP - Brad Sorensen, Sr., QB, Southern Utah
Defensive MVP - Jody Owens, Sr., LB, Montana State
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