MISSOULA — Griz Nation knew for quite some time just how good Gresch Jensen is. National STATS FCS voters have received the memo too.
Jensen, Montana's redshirt freshman quarterback, finished third in the voting for the STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award. The award is presented annually to the FCS' national freshman of the year.
The winner of the award was Bryson Armstrong, a linebacker at Kennesaw State. Armstrong won by a one-point margin over Yale running back Zane Dudek. Armstrong came in with 347 points while Dudek had 346. Jensen had 237 points in the voting.
Jensen, of Auburn, Washington, finished the year with 2,531 yards passing, 203 yards rushing and 26 total touchdowns.
Over the course of the season, Jensen was an honorable mention for the FCS' National Freshman of the Week award four times. He also won Montana's team MVP award.
Montana State's Troy Andersen, the league's freshman of the year, finished 13th in the voting with 39 points. Jensen and Andersen were the only Big Sky Conference players who were named finalists for the award.
Jerry Louie-McGee was a finalist for the award last season. He finished seventh in the voting.
Jensen was one of two Montana players to be finalists for national awards. Josh Buss, a junior linebacker out of Boise, Idaho, finished 21st in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award. Those results were released last week.