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Griz quarterback Gresch Jensen announces intent to transfer

Gresch Jensen warms up before his first collegiate start against Eastern Washington.

The University of Montana Athletic Department announced on Monday that redshirt sophomore quarterback Gresch Jensen intends to transfer schools.

“We think Gresch is a great guy, and hope good things happen for him. We appreciate his efforts at Montana, and we will help him any way we can in the future,” said Head Coach Bobby Hauck in a Grizzly Athletics press release.

Jensen confirmed the news shortly after with a post on his twitter account.

Jensen was thrown into game action last season after a season-ending injury to starting quarterback Reese Phillips in the third game of the year. In his first and apparently only season at the helm, he threw for 2,531 yards and 20 touchdowns on his way to being named a Freshman All-American by HERO Sports. Jensen ended the season by being a co-recipient of the Steve Carlson MVP award, the first freshman to ever accomplish that feat. He also finished third in voting for the STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award, given annually to the top FCS freshman in the country.

Transfer quarterback Dalton Sneed appears to be set up to quarterback the offense after Jensen's departure. Sneed was recruited by Hauck and offensive coordinator Timm Rosenbach at UNLV, but both coaches left the program prior to his arrival. Sneed transferred to UM shortly after it was announced that Hauck was returning to Missoula as the head coach. Sneed spent two years at UNLV and one season at Fort Scott CC in Kansas. He will be a junior for the Grizzlies during the 2018 season.

Sneed had an impressive spring competing alongside Jensen to be the starting quarterback. In Montana's spring game the Arizona native completed 13-of-16 passes with a touchdown.

Polson's Tanner Wilson is the only other quarterback on the current roster after Caleb Hill made the transition to tight end this spring. Eureka High senior Garrett Graves will join the quarterback room when he gets to campus.

Montana opens the season Sep. 1 at home against Northern Iowa.

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