‘It will be a special time’: Montana’s Robby Hauck set to overtake uncle Tim Hauck in career tackles and top 10 | University of Montana Sports
FRANK GOGOLA Missoulian
MISSOULA – Tim Hauck, a former cornerback and safety from Montana, was nicknamed “Hitter” during his All-American career from 1987 to 1989.
About 30 years later, that nickname would suit his nephew, Griz’s junior security Robby Hauck, perfectly. They both dealt punitive blows to opposing players, Tim to the tune of 305 tackles in a career that saw him inducted into the Grizzly Sports Hall of Fame in 1998 and the 46th player on the 50 plus list. Big Sky Male Athletes. in 2013.
Robby has racked up 303 tackles and is expected to overtake Tim, 55, in career tackles and enter the top 10 in MU history on Saturday, barring unforeseen circumstances, when the 11th Griz host Southern Utah at noon in the afternoon. Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula.
âHonestly, I had no idea how close I was so hopefully I can do it this coming weekend,â said Robby. âI think it’s pretty special to do. There is a long list of great Grizzly bears, and I think he’s at the top of that list. So it would be quite a special moment and an honor to be able to do so. I’m pretty excited, if I can make it.
Robby became the 12th MU player to reach 300 career tackles, which he did in Saturday’s win. He’s 11th, while Tim is ninth and holds the MU game record with 25 tackles.
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Tim reportedly made 346 tackles after transferring to UM in sophomore year. The NCAA didn’t start counting bowl and playoff statistics until 2002, so Tim made 41 tackles in four non-official playoff games.
Robby is averaging 8.91 tackles per game over 34 games. Tim is officially 9.24 in 33 games and an unofficial 9.35 in 37 games.
Tim, the second Grizzly to wear the Legacy No.37 jersey, played in the NFL for 13 years and coached in college and in the NFL. He won a Super Bowl with Philadelphia in February 2018 as an assistant coach.
âI was pretty young when he was playing, but I probably remember him towards the end of his NFL career,â Robby said. âBut I also see him a bit like my father as a coach. Talking to the ball with him and choosing his brain over things is pretty special to be able to do.
âI admire the way he played and just the guy he is. It will be a cool time and a special time because he’s a great guy, a great player, a great coach.
Robby and Tim share that they were considered too small or not good enough to play UM initially. Tim, who was 5ft 10in and 187 pounds, began his career at the University of the Pacific in Oregon after UM didn’t offer him an offer to graduate from Sweet Grass High School in Big Timber.
Robby, who weighs 5-10 and 185 pounds, went to northern Arizona out of Del Norte High School in California to play for former Griz assistant coach Jerome Souers in 2017. When Bobby Hauck was hired by UM in December 2017, Robby was transferred after a red shirt. season and got a waiver from the NCAA to immediately play for his father.
Robby’s playstyle reminds Bobby Tim “to a certain extent”. Tim had 15 interceptions, nine blocked kicks, six recovered fumbles and four forced fumbles in addition to tackles, while Robby has two forced fumbles and one interception.
Bobby, a former MU track athlete, was a graduate assistant for the Griz under Don Read when Tim was playing. He passed Read as MU’s most successful all-time coach in 2018 and reached 100 career MU wins this season.
“They are both exceptional tackles, especially in the open spaces,” said Bobby. âThey’re both really smart players, they understand the pattern, understand what the offenses are trying to do. And then both are excellent teammates. So, yeah, I think there are some similarities.
Robby could one day break UM’s all-time record of 397 tackles set by 2016-19 linebacker Dante Olson. With at least 15 games to go in his career, he’s on track for 133 more, which would put him at 436.
Strong safety Vince Huntsberger unofficially holds the school record of 469 tackles from 1998-2001. However, Huntsberger is officially second in school history with 393 due to the NCAA’s policy for playoff stats while playing.
For now, the focus and celebration will be on Robby overtaking Tim, who is expected to be in attendance for the game. It might even lead to friendly discussions at future family gatherings.
âIt will be fun. We’re not just family, we’re friends, so there will be jokes about it I’m sure,â Bobby said, before adding jokingly, âThere will be some jokes about it, I’m sure. only 300 more than me.
Frank Gogola covers Griz football and prepares sports for the Missoulian. Follow him on Twitter @FrankGogola or email him at [email protected]