UMW News BureauUniversity of Montana Western head football coach Rich Ferris announced the signing of Tyler Bergren of Darby, Mont., Kelly Houle of Columbia Falls, Mont., Trevor Stoos of Florence, Mont., Torrey Vezina of Dillon, Mont., and Mitch Wassum of Columbia Falls, Mont. to Frontier Conference/NAIA letters of intent. By Wally Feldt University of Montana Western head football coach Rich Ferris announced the signing of Tyler Bergren of Darby, Mont., Kelly Houle of Columbia Falls, Mont., Trevor Stoos of Florence, Mont., Torrey Vezina of Dillon, Mont., and Mitch Wassum of Columbia Falls, Mont. to Frontier Conference/NAIA letters of intent. Tyler Bergren is a 6-foot, 170-pound quarterback and linebacker. He is a 2010 graduate of Darby High School. In his senior season, he threw for 568 yards and five touchdowns, rushing for 248 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, he recorded 52 tackles, two quarterback sacks and one interception. “When I coached at Darby 10 years ago, I thought Tyler would be a college caliber football player,” Ferris said. “I am glad we are able to have him be a part of our program.” Bergren was selected to his school’s honor roll and received academic all-state honors. He is the son of Greg and Jennifer Bergren. Kelly Houle is a 6-foot-2, 225-pound offensive and defensive lineman. He is a 2010 graduate of Columbia Falls High School. Houle earned all-conference and all-state honors as a defensive end and was selected to play in both the East-West Shrine Game and the Badlands Bowl. In addition to football, he also participated in track and wrestling. In wrestling, Houle finished his senior season as the divisional and state champion in the 215-pound class. He won every match by pin and set a school record for pins. “Kelly has had a hall of fame high school career,” Ferris stated. “It is my belief that Kelly has the ability and work ethic to match these honors in college.” Houle is an eight-time academic all-conference and academic all-state recipient. He will major in biology and is the son of Kelly Houle Sr. and Christy Houle. Trevor Stoos is a 6-foot, 275-pound offensive and defensive tackle. He is a 2010 graduate of Florence-Carlton high school. He is a three-time all-conference selection, a one-time all-state selection, and was selected to play in the Class B all-star game and as an alternate to the East-West Shrine Game. “Trevor is the prime example of where we are going with our offensive line,” Ferris said. “Trevor is very physical and very athletic. He will be able to give our quarterbacks time in the pass game and can get down hill with great momentum.” Stoos also participated in baseball. He is the son of Randy and Sue Stoos and will major in elementary education. Torrey Vezina is a 5-foot-11, 165-pound strong safety. He is a 2010 graduate of Beaverhead County High School. Vezina earned first team all-conference and all-state honors and was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game. He recorded 61 tackles, five fumble recoveries and one interception in his senior season. “We are pleased to have Torrey stay in town and become a Bulldog,” Ferris said. “We are expecting big things right away from Torrey. He has the physical presence and athleticism that fits our safety position.” Vezina also competes in wrestling and track. He earned academic all-state honors in each sport and was selected to the Beaverhead County High School honor roll. He will major in history and health and human performance. Vezina is the son of Steve and Patti. His father is a Montana Western graduate who played football for the Bulldogs. Mitch Wassum is a 6-foot, 200-pound quarterback. He is a 2010 graduate of Columbia Falls High School where he earned all-conference honors as a quarterback, linebacker and kicker as well as all-state honors as a quarterback. He was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game and the Badlands Bowl. “Mitchell is a very talented athlete and could play a number of positions,” Ferris said. “The thing that sets Mitchell apart is his football smarts. He can see the field and knows the mechanics of defenses. I have enjoyed watching the way that Mitchell competes. He works his hardest and leaves everything on the field.” Wassum also earned all-conference and all-state honors in basketball and track. He is the son of Dave and Tina Wassum and will major in secondary education.
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