UMW News Bureau
Montana Western football coach Rich Ferris announced the signing of four prep stars from Montana, Colorado and Idaho to letters of intent. One is the son of Bulldog Hall of Famer. By Wally Feldt
University of Montana Western head football coach Rich Ferris announced the signing of Tyler (T.J.) Leep of Bozeman, Mont.; Ty Olson of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Joshua Turner of Kalispell, Mont.; and Jacob W. Yoneda of Meridian, Idaho to Frontier Conference/NAIA letters of intent.
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Leep is a 6-foot, 185 lbs. running back who earned first team all-state honors as both a running back and kick returner. He led class AA in all-purpose yards with 2,242 for the season, a new state record. Leep rushed for 1,260 yards and 13 touchdowns on 196 carries. He also earned all-conference honors as a punt returner. Leep was selected by his team as “Hawk of the Year."
“T.J. is the most complete running back we have ever ever signed,” Ferris said. “He will be able to contribute to the program on offense and special teams.”
Leep, the son of Bruce and Julie Leep, will graduate this spring from Bozeman Senior High School.
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Olson is a 6-foot-1 linebacker and defensive end. He earned all-conference honors as both a linebacker and defensive end and all-metro honors as a defensive end. Olson led his team in sacks and tackles for loss. He was a three-year varsity starter.
“I am most impressed with Ty’s ability to run as big as he is,” Ferris noted. “He can absolutely fly around a football field.”
Olson will graduate this spring from Air Academy High School and plans to major in wildlife biology. Olson was selected to his school’s honor roll. He is the son of Dan and Windy Olson. Dan was an all-conference lineman for the Bulldogs in the 1990s and was inducted into the Montana Western football Hall of Fame.
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Turner is a 5-foot-11, 170 lbs. defensive back. He will graduate this spring from Flathead High School where he earned all-conference honors as a strong safety. In his senior season, he recorded 39 solo tackles and had two interceptions.
“Joshua is a product of the great coaching at Flathead,” Ferris added. “He has a great nose for the ball against the run and can make big plays when the ball is in the air.”
Turner also participated in wrestling and track. He is the son of Matt and Dixie Turner and will major in business.
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Yoneda is a 6-foot-1 offensive lineman. His coaches honored him with the Warrior Award, which is given to players for their outstanding dedication.
“Jacob has a great work ethic on and off the football field,” Ferris said. “He has the mental and physical ability to solidify the offensive line in as many as three positions.”
Yoneda received academic all-conference honors in football and track. He is the son of Rocky and Bobbi Yoneda and will graduate this spring from Rocky Mountain High School. He will major in health and human performance.