Sept. 28, 2012
Redshirt junior Cam Warren is looking to make his mark as a wide receiver for the Grizzlies this season. After graduating from high school in Bellevue, Wash., Warren joined the team as a walk-on but has earned a spot as a scholarship player. His hard work has been evident when he steps onto the field. He scored his first career touchdown in the first game of the season against South Dakota.
How does it feel to move from a walk-on player to a scholarship player for the Montana Grizzlies?
It felt great to prove to others that I could play at this level. All my hard work was recognized and I am truly grateful for that. My biggest reward was being able to help my parents out any way I could.
What are you expectations for yourself this season?
I want to continue to improve each game and push myself to become the best player I can. I focus on staying hungry and humble rather than specific stats.
What do you think is your biggest strength as wide receiver?
My quickness and route running are my biggest strengths. Not being very big in stature I have to rely on getting in and out of my breaks and running great routes.
What would you like to improve on?
I want to improve in all aspects of my game, everything from blocking to perfecting my routes to my hands.
If you weren't wide receiver, what position would you love to play? Why?
I played safety and quarterback in high school so definitely would be one of those two. I loved safety, being able to put everyone in the right spot on defense and sit back and try to make plays is something I miss.
Was there a moment while playing high school ball that made you think about pursuing playing college football?
Yes, it was the last game of my junior year when I had one of the best games of my life. My coach came up to me, looked me in the eye and told me that I could play at the next level. That was the first time I believed I could.
Do you have a pre-game routine?
Not really, I always go to Catholic Mass on home games but besides that I try to just enjoy the moment. We work so hard for only a handful of Saturdays every year so I just try to go out there and take in my surroundings.
What is your favorite sports memory?
It would be a few things. Winning my state my senior year in football and also beating the Cats for the Big Sky championship last year.
What was the biggest adjustment you had to make when you moved to Montana from Washington?
The cold. The winters are freezing. Besides the weather, just kind of getting used to not being in a big city and the different type of city I was in, but it wasn't too bad.
What are the challenges of being a college football player?
It would definitely be the amount of time and work that is required. It is a lot of early mornings and missing out on a lot of things other college kids get to experience. The amount of time is also difficult with classes and studying.
What is the most rewarding part of playing for the Griz?
Playing in front of 25,000 people every home game. The atmosphere and support of the community is amazing, and I am blessed to be able to do it.
What do you like to do outside of football?
I love being able to spend time with my family which is something I don't get to do much because of school and football. Since coming to Montana I like to float the river, hike, camp and kind of explore new places in Montana. I enjoy playing basketball, cooking, playing the ukulele, and playing golf may be the most relaxing thing I get to do.
What has been the hardest class you have taken at UM?
Tax Accounting or Accounting Information Systems.
Do you have a role model? If yes, who?
My father is my role model. To see the type of person he is and how hard he works for my family is amazing. He has taught me so much about all aspects of life from how to treat people, how to work hard or how to carry yourself. I am truly blessed to have him as my father.
Who has helped you the most with your football career?
My high school coach, Butch, and my brother, Wes.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I would like to move back to Seattle, but I am not sure what I will be doing. Hopefully I have a job in business that I enjoy doing and am very happy.
Why did you pick your major?
I listened to my grandpa.
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