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Montana Grizzlies’ Jerry Louie-McGee named Big Sky Conference special teams player of the week

The senior from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho turned a big third quarter for the Griz into a blowout third quarter with just under three minutes left when he juked his way to a 74-yard punt return for a touchdown in vintage Louie-McGee fashion.

The TD was the icing on the cake for an already spectacular return game, where he averaged 30 yards per kick over five different return opportunities for a total of 150 yards — most in a game by any player in FCS football so far this season by a nearly 40-yard margin.

The performance etched his name in the Montana record books, as well. Louie-McGee is now tied for the most career punt return touchdowns of any Grizzly with Marc Mariani (2006-09) and Levander Seagers (2001-04). The 150-yard total is also good enough for the second-most in UM history, passing Tuff Harris’ 142-yard total against South Dakota State in 2006, and now sitting behind Mike Rice’s all-time mark of 245 against Weber State in 1985.

Louie-McGee is currently the Big Sky and FCS leader in punt return yards this season with a two-game total of 156 yards, and is also the second-best in punt return average (27.8) so far this season in FCS football.

He also led the Grizzlies in receiving against UNA, hauling in seven passes for 78 yards. Louie-Mcgee is now on the cusp of making even more Montana history, needing just three more catches to set a new school record for career pass receptions.

This is the second Big Sky Special Teams Player of the Week honor for Louie-McGee, who earned his first after breaking onto the scene in 2016 after scoring his first punt return touchdown at Northern Iowa.

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