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Nourse Announces Football Recruiting Class of 2022

UMW Press Release

Montana Western's head football coach Ryan Nourse has announced the addition of 34 student-athletes to the program's 2022 roster.

"I am very proud of the class that we have put together," Nourse said. "Our staff did an excellent job of bringing in student-athletes with competitive, personal, and academic character. I believe in several years Bulldog Football will reap the rewards of this class on the field and see the immediate results in the classroom and community.

This class adds physicality, athleticism, speed and depth to our roster. We placed an emphasis on improving our ability to pass rush and cover, and I believe we did just that with the additions in 2022.

As always, Montana is our home base, however we were able to secure commitments from exceptional talent all over the region, which adds diversity to our team and extends our footprint out further, opening up more areas to recruit from in the future."

Of the 34 recruits, 12 are from Montana, 13 are from Washington, five are from Idaho, three are from Utah, and one is from Tennessee.

"Our staff did the extra work to get this class. They got to know these young men and build a relationship with them. We know who is coming to UMW and what they are about. These guys will help us continue to build great teams and have success because of this approach."

Bridger Polk | P/WR | 5'11 | 180 | Great Falls, Mont. / Great Falls HS

Polk is a punter and wide receiver from Great Falls, Mont. He is a two-time first team all-conference punter and second team all-state punter. He also played basketball, track and field, and was a 2021 team captain. He plans to major in modern history and secondary education, and minor in anthropology and sociology. Polk is the son of Bill, UMW football alum, and Nina Polk.

Polk's Highlights

Carter McDowell | WR/DB | 5'11 | 170 | Great Falls, Mont. / Simms HS

McDowell is a wide receiver / defensive back from Great Falls, Montana. He was all-state (2021), first team all-conference offense (2021), first team all-conference defense (2021), and offensive honorable mention (2020). McDowell also competed in basketball and track. He plans to major in health and human performance and minor in psychology.

McDowell's Highlights

Keyon BraidedHair-Fisher | RB/LB | 5'10 | 195 | Busby, Mont. / Hardin HS

BraidedHair-Fisher is a running back from Busby, Montana. He was a second team all-conference selection, second team all-state selection, team MVP, and defensive MVP. He also participated in wrestling and track and field at Hardin High School. He plans to major in biology and minor in coaching.

BraidedHair-Fisher's Highlights

Thomas Brown | WR/DB | 5'11 | 200 | Washougal, Wash. / Washougal HS

Brown is a wide receiver / defensive back from Washougal, Washington. The team captain was an all-league honorable mention wide receiver in 2021. His 3.75 GPA earned him all-league academic team his sophomore, junior, and senior years. The son of Aaron and Jennifer Brown plans to pursue a degree in health and human performance with a minor in business.

Brown's Highlights

Josh Stern | DB/WR | 5'10 | 165 | Spangle, Wash. / Liberty HS

Stern is a defensive back / wide receiver from Spangle, Washington. The three-year varsity player was an all-league second team receiver and an all-league first team defensive back. He also played basketball in his high school. Stern held a 3.9 GPA during his senior year and is planning to major in elementary education.

Stern's Highlights

Kody Colvin | DE | 6'3 | 210 | Pocatello, Idaho / Highland HS

Colvin is a defensive end from Pocatello, Idaho. He totaled 23 solo tackles, 73 assisted tackles, and 12 sacks during his senior season and was a second team all-conference defense selection. His team finished second and fifth in the Idaho 5A State Playoffs in 2021 and 2020, respectively. Colvin intends to major in biology.

Colvin's Highlights

Kyle Lawson | DB / WR | 5'10 | 160 | Hot Springs, Mont. / Hot Springs HS

Lawson is a defensive back / wide receiver from Hot Springs, Montana. Lawson is the brother of Montana Western football alumnus, Kane Lawson. In his high school career, Lawson totaled 1,484 rushing yards, 34 touchdowns, 161 receptions for 2,180 yards, 250 tackles, 10 interceptions, and 14 fumble recoveries. He was a three-time all-state selection, three-time all-conference selection, and four-time academic all-state. Lawson intends to major in Ecology.

Lawson's Highlights

Carson Golding | DE | 6'3 | 215 | Spanish Fork, Utah / Maple Mountain HS

Golding is a defensive end from Maple Mountain High School in Spanish Fork, Utah. He earned the recognition of first team all-region and his team reached the state semi-finals. Golding also participated in track and field and wrestling. He plans to major in Business while at Montana Western.

Golding's Highlights

Cameron Kitchens | QB | 6'2 | 165 | West Richland, Wash. / Richland HS

Kitchens is a quarterback from West Richland, Washington. His team competed in the state playoffs his senior year, and was selected as all-conference honorable mention and team Offensive MVP. The son of Scott and Beth Kitchens intends to study physical education and health K-12.

Kitchens' Highlights

Hayden Hedges | RB | 5'10 | 185 | Cut Bank, Mont. / Cut Bank HS

Hedges is running back from Cut Bank, Montana. He earned the title of second team all-conference running back, KSEN Athlete of the Week, and four-time academic all-state. In 2020, he was voted team MVP and offensive player of the year. In 2021, he was selected again as his team's offensive player of the year. The son of Michael and Jessica Hedges plans to major in health and human performance.

Hedges' Highlights

Kollin Gifford | OL | 6'1 | 250 | Yelm, Wash. / Yelm HS

Gifford is an offensive lineman from Yelm High School in Yelm, Washington. He is a two-time all-league selection, a first team all-area selection, and second team all-area selection. Gifford said, "[I chose Montana Western because] the academics are a perfect fit, I love everything about the football program, and I fell in love with Dillon when I first got there." Gifford plans to pursue a degree in physical education and health K-12.

Gifford's Highlights

Mathew Heer | LB | 6'1 | 215 | Tekoa, Wash. / Lewis and Clark HS

Heer is a linebacker from Teko, Wash. The four-year varsity player was a first and second team all-conference selection in his senior and junior years, respectively. Heer also participated in basketball and track. He intends to study physical education and health K-12 at Montana Western.

Heer's Highlights

Braydon Flood | LB | 5'11 | 215 | Zillah, Wash. / Zillah HS

Flood is a linebacker from Yakima, Wash. His team appeared at the state playoffs all four years of his career. He was an all-state linebacker, league defensive MVP, first team running back and linebacker, and team MVP. Braydon was on the honor roll and plans to major in physical education and health K-12.

Flood's Highlights

Aiden Prado | DB/WR | 5'11 | 165 | Spokane, Wash. / Mount Spokane HS

Prado is a defensive back/ wide receiver from Spokane, Wash. He was selected as all-purpose league MVP and his team finished fifth in state playoffs. Prado also played four years of varsity basketball. The son of Andy Prado and Marlene Prado plans on majoring in biology and minoring in kinesiology.

Prado's Highlights

Trey Hoveland | QB | 6'1 | 180 | Townsend, Mont. / Broadwater HS

Hoveland is a quarterback from Broadwater High School in Townsend, Montana. He is a two-time all-state quarterback and has a career total of 5,793 passing yards. Hoveland intends to study business while at Montana Western.

Cody Kuhl| OL | 6'5 | 310 | Greenacres, Wash. / Central Valley HS

Kuhl is an offensive lineman from Greenacres, Washington. He was a two-year starter on the offensive line, playing center, guard, and tackle. Kuhl received the Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award on his team. He also played basketball, baseball, and participated in trap shooting, where he was the National Trapshooting Champion USAYESS. Kuhl plans to study secondary education and K-12 education at Montana Western.

Kuhl's Highlights

Jon Kirkley | WR | 6'2 | 185 | Dillon, Mont. / Beaverhead County HS

Kirkley is a wide receiver from Dillon, Mont. During his time at Beaverhead County High School, his team was the 2019 Divisional Champions and he wa