UMW News BureauZach McRae of Dillon, Mont. signed a Frontier Conference/NAIA letter of intent to play football for the University of Montana Western. By Wally Feldt Zach McRae, a 6-foot-1, 220 lbs. quarterback from Dillon, Mont., has signed a Frontier Conference/NAIA letter of intent to play football for the University of Montana Western, head coach Rich Ferris announced today. McRae transfers to Montana Western from the University of Montana. “We are fortunate to have a player of Zach McRae’s ability to be a part of our program at Montana Western,” said Ferris. “Zach is a proven winner. His knowledge of the offense will be an easy transition and we look forward to seeing him compete in the spring.” McRae is a 2007 graduate of Dillon’s Beaverhead County High School (BCHS) and a 2009 graduate of Reedley College of Reedley, Calif. McRae played both baseball and football at Reedley where he was named his team’s most improved player of 2008 passing for 1,436 yards and 10 touchdowns in his sophomore year. “My experience at Reedley was amazing,” McRae said. “I was amazed and impressed with the caliber of athletes. It was an eye-opening experience. It really opened my eyes to the level of competition outside of Montana and forced me to play at that level, which made me a much better player.” During McRae’s career at Dillon’s BCHS, he was a member of the football team that won back-to-back state titles in 2005 and 2006. He followed his second football state championship by playing on a basketball team that went unbeaten on the way to the state championship. The success continued into the summer as McRae played on an American Legion baseball team that went 56-9. In all, he played on teams that went 91-9 his senior year. “I transferred to Montana Western because it offered me better opportunities both athletically and academically,” McRae added. “I really like the block system and the football program is a great fit for me.” McRae is majoring in education. He is the son of Rod and Susan McRae.
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