UMW News BureauUniversity of Montana Western head football coach Rich Ferris announced the signing of nine new players to his roster. By Wally Feldt University of Montana Western head football coach Rich Ferris announced the signing of nine new players to his roster. Sheldon M. Conrad of Helena, Mont.; Will Fields of Bellevue, Wash.; Jozef Freeman of Bellevue, Wash.; Mike Hubbard of Sandpoint, Idaho; Derrick Hundley of Emmett, Wash.; David Kanongata'a of Bellevue, Wash.; Walker Madden of Yucca Valley, Calif.; Justin Scott of Middleton, Idaho; and A.J. Smith of Sandpoint, Idaho all signed Frontier Conference/NAIA letters of intent to play with the Bulldogs. Conrad, a 5-foot-6-inch, 157-pound running back, is a 2010 graduate of Helena High School. During his senior season he rushed for 181 yards and four touchdowns on 43 carries. “Sheldon is a very versatile athlete,” Ferris said. “He is very familiar with the zone offense and will be able to play at several different positions. We are excited about being able to move him around and for him to contribute to the team.” Conrad also participated in high school track. He is the son of Estell Barley and LaMark Conrad Jr. and will major in business. Fields, a 5-foot-9-inch, 190-pound running back and linebacker, is a 2010 graduate of Bellevue High School. As a running back he rushed for 90 yards on six carries, and as a linebacker he recorded 11 tackles and one quarterback sack. He was selected as one of the top high school players in the state of Washington by the Seattle Times newspaper. “Will Fields is a pure athlete,” Ferris said. “A state qualifier in three sports, he has the ability to play a number of different positions in college.” Fields placed fifth at the Washington state wrestling championships and qualified for the state track tournament in the 4x400 relay. He is the son of Susan Fields and will major in secondary education. Freeman, a 2009 graduate of Bellevue High School, is a 5-foot-10-inch, 240-pound defensive lineman. In his senior season, he recorded 90 tackles and three quarterback sacks. “Jo-Jo [Jozef] is a strong, athletic nose tackle who has tremendous quickness,” Ferris noted. “His biggest asset will be his rushing the passer.” Freeman, the son of Allona and Yusef Freeman Sr., will major in biology. Hubbard, a 2010 graduate of Sandpoint High School, is a 6-foot-3-inch, 175-pound wide receiver and kick return specialist. In his senior season he caught 38 passes for 758 yards and nine touchdowns. He had 450 yards and one touchdown in kick returns. For his career, he caught 76 passes for 1,611 yards and 17 touchdowns. He had 958 yards and three touchdowns in kick returns. Hubbard earned all-conference, all-north Idaho and all-state honors. “Mike is a skilled receiver who also blocks extremely well,” Ferris noted. “He plays with great competitiveness and was his team’s go-to receiver.” Hubbard also participated in basketball and track. He is the son of Tammy and Troy Holt and will major in business and health and human performance. Hundley, a 2010 graduate of Emmett High School, is a 6-foot-one-inch, 190-pound linebacker. In his senior season he recorded 83 tackles, five quarterback sacks and one interception. For his career, he recorded 206 tackles, 18 quarterback sacks and three interceptions. He earned all-conference honors, was selected the Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year, and was selected to play in the Shriner All-Star game. “Derrick is a tremendous force at linebacker,” Ferris said. “He possesses the skills to defend both the rush and the pass, and he has the ability to develop into a great pass rusher.” Hundley also participated in baseball and is the son of Todd and Stephanie Hundley. Kanongata'a, a 2010 graduate of Bellevue High School, is a 5-foot-nine-inch, 200-pound linebacker. He earned second-team all-conference honors. “David is a very tough instructor from a football family,” Ferris said. “He is very quick and plays with great savvy. His biggest strength is his competitive nature.” Kanongata'a is the son of Loka and Taiana Kanongata'a and will major in business. Madden, a 2010 graduate of Yucca Valley High School, is a 6-foot-9-inch, 240-pound offensive-defensive lineman. As a defensive lineman, he recorded 68 tackles and six quarterback sacks his senior season. Madden was selected his team’s best offensive lineman in both his junior and senior seasons and received first-team all-league honors his senior year. “At his size, Walker is definitely a man-child with tremendous upside,” Ferris said. “We feel with technique and experience, Walker will become a force in the Frontier Conference very soon.” Madden also participated in basketball and track and was selected to his school’s honor roll. He is the son of Mike and Debra Madden and will major in health and human performance. Scott, a 2010 graduate of Middleton High School, is a 5-foot-11-inch, 200-pound fullback. He rushed for 820 yards and nine touchdowns on 143 carries. Scott earned first-team all-conference honors, received a student-athlete award, and was selected captain of his team. “Justin was a tough runner with good feet and good quickness,” Ferris stated. “He is a player with a lot of upside due to his work ethic and determination.” Scott also participated in baseball, wrestling and track. In the classroom he maintained a 3.71 GPA, received a Presidential Academic Award, and was selected to the honor roll. He is the son of Kevin and Mitzi Scott and will major in biology. Smith, a 2010 graduate of Sandpoint High School, is a 6-foot-3-inch, 201-pound defensive end. He earned all-conference, all-north Idaho, and all-state honors as a defensive end and all-conference and all-north Idaho honors as a tight end. “A.J. is a football player in all regards,” Ferris said. “A hard-nosed competitor, A.J. played all over the field on both sides of the ball for the Idaho state runners-up.” Smith also participated in basketball and lacrosse and was selected to his school’s honor roll. He is the son of Barry Smith and will major in biology.
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