Jordan Johnson and Jordan Tripp (tie)
In Missoula, no sports team ranks higher in popularity than the University of Montana football squad. But outside the cozy confines of Washington-Grizzly Stadium, our Griz are actually wee cubs in the greater sporting landscape. That’s why it was pretty cool to see standout linebacker Jordan Tripp receive national attention leading up to this year’s NFL draft. The freakish athlete was a favorite of experts looking for an under-the-radar selection who could make an impact at the next level. The Miami Dolphins finally jumped at the chance and selected Tripp in the fifth round. While Tripp tries to make it as a professional, former teammate Jordan Johnson will try to continue UM’s winning ways. The starting quarterback, who has garnered as many headlines for his off-the-field trials (literally) as his on-field accolades, returns for his senior season and one last chance to win a Football Championship Subdivision title.
Finalists, Best Athlete
2. Mike Foote
3. Kareem Jamar