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BOZEMAN, Montana — Entering the 2019 season, Montana State’s roster was flush with talent. The defensive line features three former FBS dropdowns along with a four-year starting captain in Derek Marks. The secondary is led by the top safety pair in the Big Sky Conference in Brayden Konkol and Jahque Alleyen and also features senior Greg “Munchie” Filer III, one of the top man corners in the league.

The offense rests upon a rock-solid offensive line foundation and is highlighted by playmakers with unorthodox skill sets like slot receiver turned do-everything pass catcher Kevin Kassis, quarterback turned receiver Travis Jonsen and of course, Troy Andersen, a two-way throwback who is arguably the most diverse player in college football.

So coming into Jeff Choate’s fourth season at the helm, the narrative surrounding the program naturally centered upon who would play quarterback for the Bobcats. And whoever that player is, most prognosticators agreed that the man under center just had to make sure to not burn the house down for an otherwise supremely talented outfit.

BOZEMAN, Montana — Entering the 2019 season, Montana State’s
roster was flush with talent. The defensive line features three former FBS
dropdowns along with a four-year starting captain in Derek Marks. The secondary
is led by the top safety pair in the Big Sky Conference in Brayden Konkol and
Jahque Alleyen and also features senior Greg “Munchie” Filer III, one of the
top man corners in the league.

The offense rests upon a rock-solid offensive line
foundation and is highlighted by playmakers with unorthodox skill sets like
slot receiver turned do-everything pass catcher Kevin Kassis, quarterback
turned receiver Travis Jonsen and of course, Troy Andersen, a two-way throwback
who is arguably the most diverse player in college football.

So coming into Jeff Choate’s fourth season at the helm, the
narrative surrounding the program naturally centered upon who would play quarterback
for the Bobcats. And whoever that player is, most prognosticators agreed that
the man under center just had to make sure to not burn the house down for an
otherwise supremely talented outfit.

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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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