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Former Arizona DE Justin Belknap to transfer to Montana

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Justin Belknap was among the Arizona Wildcats players who participated in Senior Night last November, but not long after he wasn’t done playing college football.

Now he’s found a place to finish his career.

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound defensive end announced on Twitter Sunday that he’d be playing this fall for Montana, an FCS school. That means Belknap was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA after spending five years with the UA.

Belknap appeared in all 12 games last season for Arizona, starting twice, recording nine tackles with a sack. For his career he had 6.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and a fumble recovery in 38 games (26 starts).

A former walk-on linebacker, Belknap suffered a season-ending foot injury early in the 2018 campaign that enabled him to apply for a medical redshirt since he had used his normal redshirt year in 2015.

Seven of the nine scholarship players who left Arizona during or after the 2019 season have found new homes, three in the state of Montana. Wide receiver Thomas Marcus and safety Chacho Ulloa are set to play for FCS Montana State, while linebacker Day Day Coleman is at Stephen F. Austin, safety Scottie Young Jr. is at West Virginia, safety Troy Young is at UAB and tight end Jake Peters is at Colorado.