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Oregon Football

Five Players to Know: Montana Offense

September 10, 2019

This is an experienced Montana offense, with lots of big-time contributors being redshirt juniors or older. The Grizzlies put up 61 points last week against FCS probationer North Alabama, and they will be looking to keep the offense rolling as they head into Autzen to take on the Ducks.

Dalton Sneed (11), Quarterback

The 6-1, 216-pound redshirt senior offers experience and dual threat versatility. Last week, Sneed went 24 for 38 for 261 yards and 1 passing touchdown, while adding 27 yards on 9 carries and 1 rushing touchdown.

Sneed is a very smart player with the ball in his hands. While he may not have the best arm in football, he tends to make smart decisions and does his best to not turn the ball over. He is also quick enough to get out of a collapsing pocket and can tuck the ball and run.

Sneed is also not afraid to put his shoulder down and take a hit, so the Oregon linebackers will have to make sure they keep an eye on him when he leaves the pocket.

Marcus Knight (21), Running Back

The 6-1, 194-pound sophomore had a great game last week, rushing for 89 yards on 19 carries and adding 3 touchdowns. He also caught 2 passes for 14 yards. Knight has a pretty quick first step, and he is able to make guys miss at the line of scrimmage.

Knight's main problem for is his size. While he is tall, he doesn’t have the bulk to really bully guys on the inside and keep his legs moving to pick up a few extra yards. Oregon needs to contain him and force him to run it up the middle.

Knight is the kind of player who can break off a long run at any moment, so it’ll be important for Oregon to not let him get going early.

Samuel Akem (18), Wide Receiver

The 6-4, 201-pound redshirt junior certainly looks the part; last week he caught 5 passes for 72 yards. While those numbers may not jump off the page, he is a dangerous player.

Akem is really good at using his height to win 50-50 jump balls. He won’t burn the secondary deep, but he is a good red zone threat who could reel in a big catch for 20-plus yards.

I won’t be shocked to see Montana take a few deep shots early to try to build some momentum, and this is the exact kind of guy they will target.

Jerry Louie-McGee (16), Wide Receiver

The 5-9, 171-pound redshirt senior has a strong connection with Sneed. I know the comparison to Clemson graduate Hunter Renfrow is an easy one, but that’s exactly how this guy plays.

Louie-McGee, who caught 7 balls for 73 yards last week, has good hands and is a pretty solid route runner. He doesn’t go deep on a lot of plays, but rather excels in the midfield area and is a guy who can grab those check-down throws 5 or 6 yards downfield.

Louie-McGee will work primarily out of the slot, so Oregon has to be ready to throw some different coverages on him to make sure Sneed can’t use him as an outlet when the pocket collapses.

Samori Toure (8), Wide Receiver

The 6-3, 190-pound redshirt junior might be a name some recognize. He’s from the Portland area, where he played at Westview High School.

The veteran wideout is one of the bigger deep threats for the Grizzlies, as he’s fast and good at getting off the line quickly. Last week, he caught 7 passes for 73 yards.

Oregon's defenders have to make sure not to let this guy get behind them, as he has big-play potential.

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