With Donny Lisowski being invited to camp with Seattle, seven former Grizzlies from last season’s semi-finalist team will have an opportunity to make the pay-for-play ranks.
Certainly the number of former Montana players currently contributing in the pro ranks along with televised national playoff appearances has brought as much publicity to the program as any in FCS football.
Sambrano, signed by Indianapolis, is one of those burners (4.5) with an astute return sense, the need for which has been largely minimized virtually eliminated with the change in the placement of the professional kickoff.
But there’s always punt returns and scouts also liked him as a receiver – ranked 284 of 1973.
Jabin was consistent in all regards. He finished ninth in career punt return yards with a better than 10-yard average; He trailed only Rob Schulte in kickoff return yards; Sambrano finished 18th on the all-time yards receiving list; He was 16th in all-purpose yards.
Lisowski is undersized at cornerback (5-foot 10, 183) but has decent speed (4.45) and a nose for the football.
Used frequently as a nickel back and on special teams, Lisowski had just about as many tackles his senior season (37) as he did in his career (45).
The Griz always have produced their share of offensive lineman and Charles Burton and Jon Opperud are proto-types.
Both have huge frames that probably can pack a bit more bulk. NFL Draft Scout ranked Burton 37th of 189 guards and Opperud stood of 93 tackles..
Oppy is slightly quicker in the 40 (5.32 to 5.48) and lifted 225 pounds on the bench 27 times to Burton’s 20.
Miami’s Dan Carpenter broke the ground for a Montana kicker and McKnight, already drafted in the Canadian Football league trailed only carps in proficiency connecting on almost 68 percent of his field goals (59 of 87).
He broke Carpenter’s PAT standard and trailed only Carpenter and Chris Snyder in career scoring.
Watching mini-camp rosters is sure going to be enjoyable.