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Montana safety Robby Hauck runs through a drill during the offseason at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

MISSOULA — Montana Grizzlies safety Robby Hauck was one of 15 players named to the watch list for the Jerry Rice Award, which is given annually to the top FCS freshman player.

The redshirt freshman has tallied 58 total tackles, one tackle for loss and one pass breakup in six games.

Hauck transferred to Montana from Northern Arizona this past offseason when his dad, Bobby Hauck, was hired as the Griz head coach. There was some uncertainty if the Big Sky Conference and the NCAA would clear him to play this season.

Two other Big Sky players were placed on the award's watch list. Weber State running back and punt returner Josh Davis has rushed for 551 yards and four touchdowns, and is averaging 177 all-purpose yards per game in four games. UC Davis running back Ulonzo Gilliam has rushed for 316 yards and six touchdowns, and has 21 receptions for 192 yards and two touchdowns in five games.

The 12 other players on the list are Villanova defensive back Christian Benford, Dayton quarterback Jack Cook, Incarnate Word quarterback Jon Copeland, Tennessee Tech quarterback Bailey Fisher, Robert Morris running back Alijah Jackson, Alabama A&M wide receiver Brian Jenkins Jr., Lafayette defensive end Malik Hamm, Albany wide receiver Dev Holmes, East Tennessee State running back Quay Holmes, Northern Iowa linebacker Chris Kolarevic, Mercer quarterback Robert Riddle and Campbell wide receiver Caleb Snead.

The winner will be announced following the regular season. The award will be voted on by a national panel of more than 150 sports information and media relations directors, writers, broadcasters and other dignitaries.

Previous Big Sky Conference players to win the Jerry Rice Award include Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp (2014) and Northern Arizona quarterback Case Cookus (2015).

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Frank Gogola covers Griz football and prep sports for the Missoulian. Follow him on Twitter @FrankGogola or email him at

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