MISSOULA — In his first career start for the Montana Grizzlies, Braxton Hill came ready to play.
The Anaconda native was named the Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday morning after playing a major role in Montana's shutout win over Northwestern State on Saturday.
Hill finished with 10 total tackles in the game, 1.5 for loss and also got in on half of a sack in the win.
Hill came into this season with expectations heightened as the latest Montana native to join the linebacker rotation, as he suited up alongside Marcus Welnel and Patrick O'Connell as the starters in the opener.
Montana's defense allowed just 229 total yards of offense to Northwestern State and racked up four sacks and forced five turnovers in the game.
The Grizzlies host South Dakota on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in their second game of the year.