Grizzlies honored for academics

MISSOULA — The University of Montana’s Sam Gratton, Josh Harris, and Peter Nguyen were named to the National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society, that organization announced Thursday.

The NFF recognized 703 seniors from across all divisions of college football for academic achievement.   To qualify for the team a player must have completed his eligibility with a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or better, and be a starter or key reserve.

A wide receiver from Billings, Gratton started all 11 games this past season and had a team-high (tie) 29 receptions and led the Griz with four touchdown grabs.  He was an honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference pick.

Gratton ended his career ranked 26th in school history with 1,423 career receiving yards.  He was the 2012 co-recipient (with senior tight end Greg Hardy) of Montana’s Terry Dillon Award (outstanding back or receiver).  Gratton maintains a 3.48 in business management.

Harris, a defensive end from Kalispell, started in 10 of 11 games last year, and was UM’s ninth leading tackler with 39 stops.  He was third on the team with 7.5 tackles for loss, and led UM with six quarterback hurries.  Following his senior season he received UM’s Pat Norwood Award (most inspirational player).

Harris was also named first team on the College Sports Information Director Association’s (CoSIDA) Capital One Division 1 Academic All-District 7 football team, and carries a 3.67 GPA in sociology.

A running back and punt returner from Seattle, Wash., Nguyen (pronounced win) played in all 11 games a year ago and led the Griz with 926 yards rushing, which ranked him sixth in the Big Sky.  This past season he was chosen UM’s Steve Carlson Award (MVP) winner, and was a second team all-league pick.  He was ranked 18th in the FCS in punt returns (9.88 average).

Nguyen finished his career at Montana ranked sixth in school history with 1,985 career rushing yards, and all purpose yards with 4,323.  He has a 3.27 GPA in business management.

— UM Sports Information