Akem, wide receivers impress coaches in Montana Grizzlies’ spring camp

KALISPELL — The Montana Grizzlies wrapped up spring football camp Saturday at the annual spring game in Kalispell. While Bobby Hauck didn’t play a ton of starters heavy minutes, one player — and position group — shined.

Quarterback Dalton Sneed connected with Samuel Akem for a 36-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the scrimmage, and while Sneed only played one series, Akem’s big day continued, hauling in another touchdown from Cam Humphrey in double coverage.

“Sammy has kind of emerged as a player,” said Hauck. “I don’t know how many people knew his name at this point last year. He’s a guy that makes plays. When you get the ball thrown to you, you’re supposed to catch it, and that’s what he does.”

“Just got to work hard, continue to condition, continue to try to get work in with the quarterbacks,” Akem said after his big day. “Just continue to do what you do on a regular basis. Continue to work.”

The quarterbacks noticed Akem’s work during spring camp, a trait that seemed to rub off on the all the receivers.

“The receiving core is awesome. They’ve come a long way this spring,” said Humphrey. “They’re really starting to make some tough catches. We have some younger guys that have started to work their way into the (two-deep depth chart). Then there’s guys like Sammy and Samori (Toure) who are pretty consistent. It’s a great group of guys.”

Casey Conlon

Casey Conlon

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