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The Eagles gesture to the crowd during the FCS playoff football game between the Griz and Eastern Washington at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in 2021. They return to Missoula for a regular-season contest this weekend.

Quarterback: No. 2, Gunner Talkington

It’s a tall task whenever you’re called upon to replace an All-American and Walter Payton award winner, but the Battle Ground, Washington native has done an admirable job. The offense has been the bright spot of the Eagles’ season, with Talkington having passed for 2,308 yards and 22 touchdowns. He’s called upon to pass an average of 36 times per game and completes them at a 63 percent clip. He has eight interceptions on the season.

Lucas Semb is the Griz football beat writer for the Missoulian. Follow him on Twitter @Lucas_Semb or email him at

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