MISSOULA — Montana Grizzlies linebacker Connor Strahm got a trial date Monday on his misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.
Municipal Court Judge Kathleen Jenks set Strahm's trial for Nov. 30 — just shy of two weeks after the conclusion of the regular season.
According to a report from the Missoula Police Department, Strahm had a blood alcohol level of .214 percent — more than 2½ times the legal limit of 0.08 — when he was pulled over back in July near the corner of Broadway Street and Madison Street. He pleaded not guilty that same month.
The DUI charge is Strahm's first offense. In the state of Montana, a first-time DUI conviction is a misdemeanor charge and offenders can receive a minimum jail sentence of 24 hours to a maximum of six months and a fine ranging from $600 to $1,000.
Due to the charge, Strahm was suspended for two games. The Grizzlies are heading into their third game this week, meaning Strahm is eligible to play this weekend versus the Savannah State Tigers.
However, Stitt said on Monday that Strahm still needs to earn his starting spot — and the team's trust.
"Connor's just off suspension. He's not back yet," Stitt said on Monday. "He's not suspended anymore, but Connor's gotta earn his spot back. You don't suspend a guy and then plug him right back in. He's gotta earn the trust back with the coaches and the other players. He (needs to) be a trustworthy guy and not hurt the football team again.
"That was a big time distraction that happened and you gotta be a team player and you gotta make good decisions that aren't gonna hurt the team. We're gonna keep rolling with our guys and hopefully get Connor in on some special teams and get him some work with the two units as a backup."
Strahm, from Eugene, Oregon, was Montana's second leading tackler last season with 70 stops in 11 games.
Dillon Kato of the Missoulian contributed to this report.