Q&A with Trent McKinney


Oct. 5, 2012

Quarterback Trent McKinney, a redshirt freshman from Mililani, Hawaii, took over as starting quarterback when the Grizzlies started their fall season. Since then, he has become the second-leading rusher. He has carried the ball 55 times for 294 yard and 4 touchdowns. The Sports Network recently announced that McKinney is a candidate for the prestigious 2012 Rice Award.

How does it feel to be starting quarterback for the Montana Grizzlies?

It is an honor to be the starting quarterback and know that all of the hard work in the off season will be displayed in the fall season.

What are you expectations for yourself this season?

I expect nothing other than to come in and keep tradition alive. I will not let my lack of experience be an excuse why we cannot function as an offensive unit

What do you think is your biggest strength as quarterback?

My biggest strength is my running ability to make players miss.

What would you like to improve on?

I would like to improve my passing confidence in game situations. I am efficient in practice but seem to break down when I see a rush. Confidence in my passing ability will be my key for improvement.

If you weren’t quarterback, what position would you love to play? Why?

I would love to play slot, mainly to stick on the offensive side of the ball.

Was there a moment while playing high school ball that made you think about pursuing playing college football?

Football has always been a dream to play at the next level so there was no inspiration in high school. If I had to pick I would say after my freshmen season when I spoke with the UCLA and Washington Huskies recruiter and they told me they would be watching me because I am a college player.

Do you have a pre-game routine?

I only eat fruit before the game, and I listen to these five songs:

  • J Boog- Police and Thieves
  • J Boog- Give Thanks
  • Pohaku- Just A Little Love
  • Kohomua- Unconditionally
  • Anuhea- Come Over Love 



What is your favorite sports memory?

My junior year I played Kahuku, who was nationally ranked 23rd, and threw for 360 yards.

What was the biggest adjustment you had to make when you moved to Montana from Hawaii?

The biggest adjustment was going from a football season in warm tropical weather to a season in cold artic weather.

What are the challenges of being a college football player?

Managing my time and doing the right things all of the time because there are always people watching.

What is the most rewarding part of playing for the Griz?

The most rewarding part is seeing the kids come down after the game congratulating us on our hard work and asking for pictures and autographs. I love to see the smiles and interactions with our fans.

What do you like to do outside of football?

I usually play Call of Duty with my roommates, and in the off season I like to play basketball at the rec center on campus.

What has been the hardest class you have taken at UM?

American studies if I can recall the exact name. Writ 101 was also a challenge.

Do you have a role model? If yes, who?

No, I do not have a role model, but I do have people who inspire me. Those people are my immediate family.

Who is your favorite athlete?

Vince Young

What’s your favorite football team?

The Tennessee Titans

Who has helped you the most with your football career?

Timmy Chang and Darnell Arceneaux

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I see myself with a degree in physical training and living in the city somewhere on the west coast.

Why did you pick your major?

I enjoy interacting with people and helping people with problems or issues. I am also fascinated with the body and its function.

So we all know that you are a talented quarterback, but do you have a hidden talent that would be unexpected to most people?

I am unbelievably good at convincing people in my favor. I am very persuasive.


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