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2019 Frontier Conference Football Preview Series: LINEBACKERS

Tackling machines at linebacker headline Frontier defenses


August 8, 2019

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Montana State University-Northern's Jaren Maki brings down a Montana Western running back during a Frontier Conference game last season in Havre. Maki is part of a now much more seasoned Northern linebacker group. Meanwhile, Western has arguably the best linebacker in the country coming back in senior Jason Ferris.

Linebackers are tackling machines. That's just what they do. They see ball, and get ball.

And it's no surprise that, the Frontier Conference has produced some of the best linebackers in the NAIA, year-after-year. And the 2019 season should be no different.

That's because the Frontier has, in its possession, perhaps the single-best linebacker in all of the NAIA in Montana Western senior Jason Ferris.

When you talk about tackling machines, Ferris is exactly that. On his way to earning Frontier Conference Player of the Year honors as a junior, Ferris tallied 125 tackles, 9.5 tackles for los...

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