Best Athlete

Zack Wagenmann

photo courtesy of Todd Goodrich - ZACK WAGENMANN
  • Zack Wagenmann
  • photo courtesy of Todd Goodrich

If didn’t take Kirk Herbstreit to notice who was a difference-maker during Griz football games last season. It seemed like whenever the defense needed a stop or a big play, No. 37 with the shaggy hair flapping from the corners of his helmet came screaming off the edge for a sack, strip and fumble recovery. Zack Wagenmann’s career at UM put him among the prestigious program’s all-time elite. The former Sentinel product finished with three All-Big Sky first-team selections, a conference Defensive Player of the Year award after his senior season and school career records in sacks, tackles for loss and fumble recoveries. If not for a foot injury suffered during off-season workouts, Wagenmann would’ve heard his name called during the 2015 NFL draft’s later rounds. Instead, the outside linebacker finds himself in Arizona, trying to make the Cardinals’ roster as an undrafted free agent. Our money says he continues to stand out and sticks at the sport’s highest level.

Finalists, Best Athlete

2. Mike Foote

3. Tres Tinkle

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