Tucker Louie-McGee (left) running after Jerry Louie-McGee during the UM vs. ISU game on October 7.
By KAYCEE DIXEY
POCATELLO — On Saturday, October 7, the Louie-McGee brothers, Coeur d’Alene tribal members, faced off against each other when the Montana Grizzlies beat Idaho State University Bengals 39 to 31 at Holt Arena in Pocatello.
Tucker (number 17) plays defensive back for Idaho State University. In 2016, he appeared in 10 games, returned nine kicks for 203 yards and returned seven punts for 39 yards. He moved to defensive back this spring.
Jerry (number 16) is a wide receiver for the Griz and is the leading returner receiver this year after a record breaking freshman season according to the UM web site. In 2016, Jerry was a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award for the nation’s top freshman performer and an All Big Sky Honorable Mention.
From left, brother Tucker and Jerry Louie-McGee after the game.
The brothers are from Coeur d’Alene reservation.
They explained how it feels to play against one another.
Tucker said, “It’s an amazing feeling because we both know that one of us will walk away with the win. We have each other’s back on the field, no matter what. It’s pretty fun.” “This year we play offense and defense and that has never happened before.”
Jerry said, “It’s awesome but it’s also bittersweet because this is one of our last times playing against each other. I won today’s game so I can tease Tucker about it for the rest of our lives.”
Jerry Louie-McGee #16 for University of Montana.
They both plan on continuing on with their education to set examples for Native American youth. Tucker is a business marketing major and plans to internship and work for his tribe after graduating college. Jerry wants to try out for the NFL and also see where his psychology degree takes him.
They are both thankful to have moral support from the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.
Tucker Louie-McGee #17 for ISU.
The community is invited to a meet and greet with Tucker Louie-Mcgee at a Sho-Ban High School assembly Thursday, October 12 at 10 a.m.