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Torrey Thomas in hunt for scholarship

CLEVELAND - University of Montana football player Torrey Thomas is one of eight finalists for a postgraduate scholarship to be handed out in June by the National Association of College Directors of Athletics.

Thomas, a standout safety who just finished his senior season at UM, holds a 3.72 grade-point average in business administration. The Dillon product was one of 51 players from the Division I Football Championship Subdivision to be named to its 10th annual academic all-star team.

A committee from within the FCS Athletic Directors Association then picked eight finalists, two of which will be awarded a $5,000 postgraduate scholarship. The nominees were required to hold at least a 3.2 grade point average, be in at least his second year at an institution and have been a starter or key player on an FCS athletic team.

Thomas, a first-team all-Big Sky Conference safety in 2006, made 13 career interceptions for the Grizzlies. The NACDA will name its scholarship recepients at its annual convention in Dallas June 9-12.

The other seven finalists are: Punter Joshua Brite of Delaware State University; safety Brandon Cramer of Dayton; kicker Parker Douglass of South Dakota State; receiver Wes Doyle of San Diego; running back Cory Koenig of South Dakota State; Eastern Washington tight end Tom McAndrews; and Villanova receiver Matt Sherry.

O'Dea product Lisowski verbals to Griz

Donny Lisowski, a quarterback and safety at Seattle's O'Dea High School, has committed to play football at the University of Montana, the Seattle Times reported Friday.

Lisowski was team captain and led the Irish to the Class 3A state championship game. The 6-foot, 178-pounder is expected to play safety for the Grizzlies.

"I really like the coaches. I visited there twice and the coaches were really nice," Lisowski said. "They always have a winning record. Coach Bobby Hauck has done a great job there. Montana kind of reminded me of O'Dea, with their winning tradition."

Montana has advanced to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs 15 straight seasons and won or shared the last 10 Big Sky Conference titles.

A dual-threat quarterback, Lisowski rushed for 671 yards and 16 touchdowns while completing 57 percent of his passes for another 10 touchdowns this season.

He said Montana was his leader throughout the recruiting process. Idaho State and the Air Force Academy were also pursuing him.

Two more players commit to MSU football

BOZEMAN (AP) - Two Class AA all-state football players have made verbal commitments to Montana State.

Bozeman High offensive lineman Todd Brandt says he plans to sign with the Bobcats as does linebacker Jared Rohrback of Great Falls Russell.

Brandt, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound tackle, is a cousin of former MSU tight end Elliott Barnhart.

Rohrback, a 6-1, 215-pounder who has also wrestled for 12 years, shared Class AA defensive MVP honors with Brian Bignell of Helena Capital, who has also made a verbal commitment to MSU.

Players can make their commitments officials starting on Feb. 6.

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