Glenn likes what he sees
The Montana Grizzlies wrapped up their first week of spring practice with a short, controlled scrimmage Saturday at the Riverbowl.
Montana quarterback Drew Miller looked particularly sharp and new Griz coach Joe Glenn was satisfied with the first week of drills.
"It was very upbeat and positive," Glenn said. "We're making strides forward. We're getting the offense and defense installed and I like what I'm seeing from the special teams."
The one downer of the week occurred late in Friday's practice when junior offensive tackle Scott Kaminski went down with what appears to be a serious knee injury.
Kaminski, a 6-foot-6, 300-pounder, who began his collegiate career at Miami of Ohio, was vying for a starting spot at left tackle. He injured his right knee in an 11-on-11 drill when a player rolled into his leg.
He was in obvious pain, letting out a series of screams. UM's athletic training staff rushed to the field and covered the leg with a large brace.
An MRI will be performed on the knee Sunday. Glenn didn't want to speculate on the extent of the injury. Kaminski attended Saturday's practice and was walking with the aid of crutches.
"I really feel bad about that," Glenn said. "We'll just have to hope he gets a good fix on it and gets going and get back. We hope he can help us next year. I think that's what he wants. That would be the only negative to our first week."
Kaminski wasn't alone in suffering a knee injury this week. Chris Wieseman, Montana's strength and conditioning coach, tore an ACL playing basketball.
"If there is rehab to be done there, you know (Scott and Chris) will work hard together and come back together," Glenn said.
The Grizzlies will hold their first scrimmage next Saturday at 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Great Falls.
€ While offensive lineman Chase Raynock is probably the only former Grizzly who could be drafted in the NFL draft next weekend, Dallas Neil, kicker Kris Heppner and defensive tackle Kelley Bryant likely will sign free-agent deals.
Neil, a punter/tight end, was practicing his punting on Wednesday. He said he has worked out for a couple NFL teams.
Neil and Heppner have signed with Missoula agent Ken Staninger. Bryant signed with former Grizzly Dave Paoli.
€ Current NFL players and former Grizzlies Scott Curry and Blaine McElmurry are teammates once again. Curry, who was drafted last season by the Green Bay Packers, and McElmurry, who is a member of the Tennessee Titans, will both play for the same team this spring in NFL Europe.
Curry, an offensive lineman, and McElmurry, a safety, have both been assigned to the Scottish Claymores. The Claymores open their season April 16 against Amsterdam.