- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Montana defensive end Derek Crittenden of Whitefish is a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship and will miss the Cat-Griz game because he has to be in Seattle for interviews.

Crittenden graduated with a 4.0 GPA in chemistry in May and is finishing up a philosophy degree this fall.

So while he completes his studies and his final season of football he’s also preparing for lengthy interviews Nov. 21-22 that could lead to a full scholarship to complete graduate studies in organic chemistry at the University of Oxford in England.

Griz coach Bob Stitt says a Rhodes Scholarship is the opportunity of a lifetime for Crittenden and the team wants to do everything possible to help him achieve it.

Last week, Crittenden was named a finalist for the National Football Foundation’s Campbell Trophy, the “academic Heisman.”

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