MISSOULA – The chants of his name fill Washington-Grizzly Stadium before every punt return, but Montana football fans had plenty of reason to cheer for one of their favorite players all game long last Saturday.
Jerry Louie-McGee once again piled up catches and yards for the Montana offense. The small slot receiver caught the eye of quarterback Dalton Sneed often versus Drake. Louie-McGee made 14 catches for 133 yards and a touchdown.
But the junior from Coeur D’Alene and head coach Bobby Hauck said feeding the receiver the ball wasn’t particularly the game plan. Drake kept crowding the line on Montana’s run-pass option plays, so Sneed kept slinging it to Louie-McGee.
“We were just going with what the scheme was and going off what they were playing,” said Louie-McGee. “So I was just doing my job, and Dalton was doing his. I’m really liking how our offense is unfolding. We’re prepared for whatever happens in the game. Obviously our receivers will step up when they need to, and everybody is good.”
Louie-McGee was referencing the need to step up because senior wideout Keenan Curran left the Drake game early with what appeared to be a shoulder injury. Montana won’t comment on when, or if, the captain will return. But receiver might be the Grizzlies’ deepest position.
No. 15 Montana hits the road to face 0-2 Western Illinois this Saturday.