‘Ball-playin’ Jesse’: Bobcat LB Kanow taking advantage of extra reps


Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a series breaking down the Montana State Bobcats following the third spring under head coach Jeff Choate and his staff. Today’s installment addresses linebacker Chad Kanow trying to break into the lineup as a sophomore after a standout freshman year on special teams. 

FIRST INSTALLMENT: Bobcats still searching for Murray’s main competitor

SECOND INSTALLMENT: McGhee acclimating quickly to coaching MSU running backs

THIRD INSTALLMENT: Tucker II transitions smoothly to RB for Bobcats

BOZEMAN — Jeff Choate almost cannot contain himself when Chad Kanow’s name comes up.

“Chad Kanow, I love that kid,” Montana State’s head coach said during an interview in April. “He is a ball playing Jesse, I’ll tell you what.”

The rangy, quick linebacker had exactly zero Division I offers when Montana State came to the table following his all-area junior season. The scheme Kanow played in at Great Oak High in Temecula, California required him to blitz and tackle the ball carrier. That’s all.

But that singular scheme helped him hone his natural instinct of finding the football and a pure tackling ability reminiscent of former MSU All-American linebacker Alex Singleton.

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About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.

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