MISSOULA — The Montana Grizzlies football team looks like it could be developing a tough secondary with two cornerbacks and three safeties with starting experience returning. But in last week’s second spring scrimmage, someone who hasn’t yet played for Montana drew the most attention.
Kadeem Hemphill made several impressive plays at the end of the afternoon. The senior cornerback leveled a couple receivers and deflected a couple passes, including one that became an interception.
Hemphill has bounced around from junior college and San Jose State in recent years. The Chicago native hopes more big plays can help him land a home in Missoula.
“My biggest thing, I’m not on scholarship yet — I’ve been transferring all over the place — so that’s my biggest thing. I just want to do what I can do, so I can get on scholarship, make some plays, and help the team out,” said Hemphill. “I just want them when they look at me just to look at someone who’s been grinding, you know what I mean? Everybody has been going through a struggle in life. When you get your opportunity, just take advantage of it.”
Hemphill’s twin brother, Jalen, is practicing at safety for Montana. The Grizzlies head to Kalispell for their annual Spring Game at 1 p.m. this Saturday.