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Thirteen Football Student-Athletes Earn NAIA Scholar-Athlete Honors

Lindsey Branch, UMW Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) released the 2023 Daktronics NAIA Football Scholar-Athletes. Montana Western had thirteen athletes named to the list.



The 2023 list features 968 student-athletes, spread across 79 schools, who achieved at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) at their institution. In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, must appear on the eligibility certificate for the sport and have attended one full year at said institution.


2023 NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athletes


Angel Navarrete, Kicker (Rupert, Idaho / SO)


Ben Howerton, Linebacker (Horseshoe, Idaho / SR)


Bridger Polk, Wide Receiver (Great Falls, Mont. / R-FR)


Chucky Braverock, Offensive Line (Browning, Mont. / R-SO)


James Ochs, Linebacker (Laurel, Mont. / R-SO)


John Mears, Kicker (Belgrade, Mont. / R-JR)


Jon Kirkley, Wide Receiver (Dillon, Mont. / R-FR)


Kody Colvin, Defensive Line (Pocatello, Idaho / R-FR)


Noah Rimmer, Defensive Line (Saratoga, Wyo. / R-SO)


Raef Newbrough, Wide Receiver (Great Falls, Mont. / SO)


Reese Artz, Defensive Line (Battle Mountain, Nev. / R-SR)


Tanner Harrell, Defensive Line (Shepherd, Mont. / R-SR)


Taten Ells, Linebacker (Tacoma, Wash. / R-FR)



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