Danny Peoples transferring to Montana Tech

Danny Peoples couldn’t ignore it any longer. He was meant to play quarterback.

So, Butte Central’s all-time leading passer is coming home.

After one semester at the University of Montana, Peoples is transferring to Montana Tech. The 2015 Butte Central graduate confirmed his decision today. He’ll enroll at Tech for the spring semester.

“Just being a kicker and punter, I wasn’t playing the football that I know and love,” Peoples said. “I had to get back to it.”

Peoples walked on at the University of Montana to kick after a stellar career at Butte Central as a quarterback and kicker. He also started on the basketball team and threw the javelin for the Maroon track team.

At BC, Peoples completed 310 career passes for 4,840 yards and 46 touchdowns, all school career records. Peoples ranks second in school history with 5,893 total yards.

Peoples helped lead Butte Central to the 2014 Class A state championship game, which was played on Montana Tech’s Bob Green Field.

“I’m excited to get to play in front of my hometown again,” Peoples said. “My senior year was so much fun playing in front of all those big crowds.”

The Orediggers also have an immediate opening at the kicker position. Butte High graduate Matt Berg, who also transferred to Montana Tech after a semester at the University of Montana, is out of eligibility after his solid career on the Butte hill.

Peoples, who kicked and played quarterback for the West team in the 2015 Montana East-West Shrine Game, holds Butte Central records with eight field goals in one season and 14 career field goals. He set a state record by kicking 113 extra points, according to the Montana High School Association record book.

Kicking off is where Peoples really opened eyes. His strong leg was an absolute weapon for the Maroons. As a senior, he kicked all but two kickoffs into the end zone for a touchback during the regular season. He averaged 34.6 yards per punt.

That led to the opening with the Grizzlies.

At UM, however, Peoples missed the position he grew up playing.

“I got so bored,” he said. “It was the first time I ever did nothing at practice.”

Toward the end of the season, Peoples got to play quarterback on the Grizzlies scout team. That, he said, probably fueled his desire to transfer to Tech.

Since then, Peoples said he has been working hard as he prepares for the move back to playing quarterback.

“I’ve been putting some extra work in in the weight room,” he said. “I’ve been working so hard to get into shape, and I’ve been throwing the ball.”

At Tech, Peoples will join Quinn McQueary and Dawson Reardon as quarterbacks on the roster. McQueary and Reardon will be juniors, while Peoples will be a freshman.

Andrew Loudenback, who moved from his tight end position to play quarterback this past season with McQueary and Reardon injured, will focus on playing tight end.

Peoples, who will partake in spring drills, said the move is not a knock on the University of Montana. He said he is thankful for the opportunity given to him by head coach Bob Stitt and the Grizzlies.

“I wish them nothing but the best of luck moving forward,” Peoples said. “I’m excited to start this next chapter.” 1 comment

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  • Brad Mills
    December 10, 2015, 11:37 pm

    Very good decision and he will not regret it. Good luck to you Danny!


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