Tech’s Meis receives Simonich Award

Montana Tech head football coach Chuck Morrell announced David Meis is the recipient of the Ed Simonich Award for 2015.

“The Ed Simonich Award is the most historic and prestigious honor given to an Oredigger football player,” said Morrell.

The Ed Simonich Award has been given annually since 1966 to a senior student-athlete on the football team. The award is given to the student-athlete who represents what it means to be an Oredigger both on and off the field. Ed Simonich was Montana Tech’s Athletic Director and Head Football Coach from 1957-1965.

“David exemplified true character and leadership during his five seasons with Tech Football. David embodied what it means to be an Oredigger both on and off the field through a steady mindset of excellence.”

After redshirting as a freshman, Meis started every game of his career. The Clancy, Mont. native and Helena High School grad never missed a game with an injury. A two-time first team All-Conference honoree, Meis led the Orediggers in tackles his junior and senior seasons posting 84 each year. He finished with 297 for his career, one of the highest totals in school history. He chased down quarterbacks and running backs in the backfield with 21 total sacks and 47 tackles for a loss. As a junior, he was an AFCA second team All-America selection totaling 61 solo tackles (84 total), six sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss.

One of Meis’s more memorable moments came last fall. In his only interception as an Oredigger, Meis picked off Carroll College’s quarterback and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown at Nelson Stadium in Helena on their first offensive play of the game. The touchdown was the first of many for the Orediggers that day and lead to the first win at Nelson Stadium since 2001.

Meis is the shining example of what a Montana Tech student-athlete represents. A great competitor on the field but also in the classroom. He graduated with a degree in General Engineering with a Mechanical Engineering option. Meis was named Frontier Academic All-Conference four times and a Daktronics NAIA Scholar Athlete twice.

“It was an honor to coach David as he will go down as one of Tech’s all-time greats.”

Meis will receive the award next fall at the Oredigger Awards and Hall of Fame Weekend.

— Montana Tech



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