Montana's offensive, defensive lines

The Griz offensive and defensive lines collide during the start of a play during a scrimmage.

MISSOULA — Six more Montana Grizzly football players are no longer with the program, according to recent changes on UM's online roster. 

Linebacker Gage Smith, cornerback Curtis Holmes, wide receiver Jared Thurber, athlete Josh Deshner, defensive end Trevor Hoerner and wide receiver Braxton Reiten appeared on last year's roster but are not on the 2018 roster. All still have at least one year of eligibility remaining.

Smith, of Whitefish, was a redshirt junior last season. He was the third-string will linebacker behind James Banks and Dante Olson. He played in five games — Montana's matchups with Valparaiso, Washington, Savannah State, Eastern Washington and Portland State — and recorded two tackles. Both of those tackles came on kick returns against Valparaiso and Savannah State. 

The other five players were true freshmen last year. 

Holmes, of Spring Valley, California, walked on to the team during fall camp in 2017. According to his Twitter account, he has accepted a spot on Hampton's roster. 

Thurber, of Burien, Washington, and Reiten, of Columbia Falls, were preferred walk-ons and announced their commitment to Montana the day after National Signing Day 2017.

Deshner, a Missoula Sentinel alumnus, was a walk-on and made UM's Dean's List last semester. 

Hoerner, of Columbia Falls, was the first Wildcat to sign with the Grizzlies in decades. 

With those six included, Montana has lost 15 total players — including two starters in Gresch Jensen and Chris Favoroso — from last season who had eligibility remaining.

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Amie Just covers Griz football and Missoula-area preps. Follow her on Twitter @Amie_Just or email her at

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