Montana, againAs they took the field on a 25-degree afternoon, several Eastern players ackowledged that Saturday’s game will almost certainly play out differently than the Eagles’ 36-26 regular-season win on Nov. 8. “I’m not sure what they’ll do, but they’re going to try to beat us in a different way,” quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. said. In recent wins over Montana State and San Diego, the Griz blitzed more often than they did at Eastern, but those teams had quarterbacks with less experience than Adams. On offense, Montana has used more zone-read plays than in the past, perhaps to take advantage of quarterback Jordan Johnson’s mobility after his recovery from a mid-season ankle injury. And then there’s that old adage about the difficulty of beating an opponent twice in the same season. Said wide receiver Cooper Kupp: “You can’t start thinking like that.”
Forte questionableSenior running back Quincy Forte is listed as questionable with an ankle sprain. He missed warm- ups Tuesday, but sprinted onto Roos Field half-an-hour into practice. “We’re excited about his progress,” said Baldwin, noting that the coaches will have three more days to make a decision. “But he’s one of those guys you want to see in practice to get those reps and get that true feel back.” Forte has had a feast-or-famine season, topping 150 yards rushing on three occasions but appearning in only three conference games. In the earlier meeting with Montana, he was pulled after gaining 10 yards on eight carries. Forte did not play in the regular-season finale at Portland State. Another running back, sophomore Jalen Moore, is listed as doubtful with a knee injury.
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