His greatest potential likely lies on the defensive side of the ball.
But the transcendent talent went from Wildcat shotgun runner to proficient triple option offense operator to a quarterback who bordered on complete by the end of his sophomore season. Andersen used his rare blend of speed and power to rush for 1, yards and set a Montana State single-season record with 21 touchdowns on the ground.
He also completed Andersen hit a yard pass in a loss at Idaho State. Montana State employed a similar ground and pound mentality in a win over Northern Colorado. He hit Kevin Kassis for an yard gain, but the Bobcats settled for a yard field goal from Tristan Bailey.
As the Bobcats jump back into spring practices for — MSU began practices the second week of March before taking last week off for spring break — on Tuesday, Choate said he has his eye on several position groups and points of emphasis. The No.
When we were able to do that, we were able to make some things happen down the stretch. Even opening the game against North Dakota State, we hit a shot play. The Bobcats rushed for Jonsen, a former quarterback at Oregon, caught 28 passes for yards and rushed for yards and five touchdowns in a hybrid role.
Junior Lewis Kidd is entering his third year as a starter and can play guard or tackle. Junior guard Taylor Tuiasosopo, sophomore right tackle Connor Wood and sophomore center Zach Redd all have starting experience from last season as well.
But Choate has expressed confidence in the potential of junior Ryan Davis and redshirt freshman Derryk Snell. Junior Jacob Hadley is still trying to fully recover from a devastating knee injury suffered in the spring of and will change positions to fill a need at tight end.
Derek Marks, a Belgrade native and four-year contributor, received rave reviews for his play as a junior last season moving up and down the front. And Bryce Sterk led the league in sacks 8.
Ioane inherits a group led by two of the most talented safeties in the league. Brayden Konkol, also a local product from Belgrade, shifted from Will linebacker where he started in to again lead the Bobcats in tackles, this time with 93 stops.
Ioane is excited to work with the group as well as coordinate from the angle he saw the game as a player. Inside linebacker Josh Hill lost his season before it because due to off-season back surgery. Graduated senior Grant Collins played the entire season with worn out shoulders after a career impacted but never derailed by numerous surgeries.
Michael Jobman played in all 13 games, finishing third on the Bobcats with 73 tackles from his Will linebacker spot. Balue Chapman, a former Montana Gatorade Player of the Year from Bozeman, was forced to medically retire after having a second straight season cut short.
But the biggest story line of this off-season might be Andersen playing outside linebacker for the second set of spring practices in a row.
Grant moving on, Troy transitioning. How does a guy like Michael Jobman react to the coaching change? How does that influence him to push his production forward?
Chad Kanow bouncing back from an injury? Ioane replaced Ty Gregorak, who also held a reputation as one of the best linebackers coaches in the FCS during his 12 seasons at Montana and three more at Montana State.
Daly wants to hold his group, regardless of that circumstance, to that same level. Now we need to tie it all together and be productive on the field. All Rights Reserved.