Idaho State is planning for its future behind center.
The Bengals have offered former Montana quarterback Gresch Jensen, who tweeted the news Wednesday. Jensen is the starting QB at Fullerton College in California and was named to HERO Sports' first team FCS freshman All-America squad last season. Jensen transferred from Montana to Fullerton during the offseason, following a coaching change and anticipated quarterback battle at UM.
Jensen has tweeted that he also has offers from Montana State and Albany. He will be a redshirt junior next season with two years of remaining eligibility.
As a redshirt freshman at Montana last season, Jensen completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 2,531 yards, 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, adding 203 yards rushing and six rushing scores.
This season at Fullerton, Jensen has passed for 2,171 yards, 15 touchdowns and five interceptions, to go along with 266 yards rushing and a team-best five rushing touchdowns. Fullerton is 9-0 and averages 42.3 points per game.
If Jensen joins Idaho State next season, he would battle for the right to replace multi-year starter Tanner Gueller at quarterback. Other quarterbacks on ISU's roster include Gunnar Amos, Matt Struck, Michael Goggin and Drew Cash. Only Amos has attempted a pass in a Division I game. The former University of Idaho quarterback has completed 8 of 24 passes for 112 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in his Bengals career.
Jensen would also join an offense that has been one of the best in the FCS this season. ISU averages 40.1 points and 523.8 yards per game, helping the Bengals achieve a winning season, a top-25 ranking and a chance at an FCS playoff berth. ISU is also still alive in the race for a Big Sky Conference championship.
Jensen would also rejoin Mike Ferriter at ISU. Ferriter, Idaho State's first-year offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, led Montana's wide receivers and coordinated the passing game for the Grizzlies last season.
In ISU's matchup with Montana last season, Jensen passed for 360 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions, and added one rushing score in the 39-31 Grizzlies win at Holt Arena.
This article originally ran on idahostatejournal.com.