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Big Timber OL King happy to grey-shirt, become a Bobcat

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On one hand, Shayden King missed not playing a sport for the first time since he could remember. On the other hand, the Big Timber native enjoyed every second of spending this last fall hunting more than he could ever remember.

King was part of the standout senior class at Sweet Grass County High that also produced current Montana State tight end Ethan Bullock and champion sprinter Casey Gunlikson, who is now running track for the Bobcats.

After graduating in the spring of 2019, King had some options to play football, mostly in the Frontier Conference. But personal uncertainty lingered throughout the summer. When Montana State presented the option of grey shirting, King learned the process. Once he understood it, he knew he couldn’t pass up a chance to join the college football team he grew up rooting on.

So King did not go to school or play football last fall. Instead, he worked on the ranch his family manages, worked on his truck and tracked animals in the mountains. In other words, he lived his version of the good life.

On one hand, Shayden King missed not playing a sport for the
first time since he could remember. On the other hand, the Big Timber native enjoyed
every second of spending this last fall hunting more than he could ever
remember.

King was part of the standout senior class at Sweet Grass
County High that also produced current Montana State tight end Ethan Bullock and
champion sprinter Casey Gunlikson, who is now running track for the Bobcats.

After graduating in the spring of 2019, King had some
options to play football, mostly in the Frontier Conference. But personal
uncertainty lingered throughout the summer. When Montana State presented the
option of grey shirting, King learned the process. Once he understood it, he knew
he couldn’t pass up a chance to join the college football team he grew up
rooting on.

So King did not go to school or play football last fall. Instead, he worked on the ranch his family manages, worked on his truck and tracked animals in the mountains. In other words, he lived his version of the good life.

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Photos by Brooks Nuanez or contributed by King. All Rights Reserved.

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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