Montana will be without dynamic slot receiver Jerry Louie-McGee for a second straight game when the Grizzlies take on Sacramento State this Saturday.
Louie-McGee, the team's leading receiver in both catches and yards, did not dress out in Montana's 67-7 victory against Mississippi Valley State on Saturday. Head football coach Bob Stitt confirmed the loss at the team's weekly press conference Monday.
"He got banged up at Cal Poly and he just kept playing. Finally we had to shut him down in practice," Stitt said Monday. "He didn't play Saturday and he's not gonna play this week. The plan is NAU."
The Griz travel to Flagstaff, Arizona to face Northern Arizona on Oct. 22.
Louie-McGee collected more than half of his season total in receptions against Cal Poly on Sept. 24 when he set a single-game Griz record with 21 catches. The redshirt freshman had 155 yards that day and remains UM's leading receiver with 41 grabs and 366 yards despite missing the team's most recent game.
The week after facing Cal Poly, Louie-McGee made another nine catches for 118 yards against Southern Utah. James Homan, an outside receiver playing in Louie-McGee's stead Saturday, tallied 69 yards on six catches and one touchdown.
Asked about his playmaker's absence after the MVSU game, Stitt said Louie-McGee was being held out in an attempt to rest him for later games in Big Sky Conference play and that "Jerry's one of those guys that when he gets banged up, he won't rest."
Homan is expected to take Louie-McGee's starting snaps again against Sac State with Caleb Lyons providing competent backup. Lyons snared six passes for 39 yards in last week's win as well.
John Nguyen returned to his role as the No. 1 punt returner in Louie-McGee's absence last week. He fielded two for 10 total yards, his first punt returns since handling them against Saint Francis to open the season. Louie-McGee returned three the following week at Northern Iowa, including an 81-yarder for a touchdown that helped him earn Big Sky Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
He was also named FCS national Freshman of the Week after his game at Cal Poly.
Though several receivers have more catches overall, Louie-McGee's 10.3 per game ranks first in the FCS.