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Backfield depth already being tested at Montana State

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BOZEMAN, Montana — Isaiah Ifanse picked up where he left off after the most productive rookie rushing season in Montana State history.

In 2018, the Bellevue, Washington product became the first Bobcat freshman to surpass 1,000 yards rushing. Despite battling an ailing hamstring for most of Big Sky Conference play, the former Washington Gatorade Player of the Year still averaged 5.2 yards per carry and 78.8 yards per game.

He surpassed 100 yards in a single game five times, including rushing for 176 yards in MSU’s 35-14 win over No. 24 Incarnate Word in the first round of the FCS Playoffs. Ifanse scored three of his seven touchdowns during a 227-yard career day to spark MSU’s 49-42 win over Cal Poly.

In Montana State’s first two games this season, Ifanse has 191 yards rushing on 26 carries. He is averaging 7.3 yards per carry after his sixth career 100-yard game, a 114-yard effort on just 11 carries in MSU’s 38-17 win over No. 12 Southeast Missouri State.

BOZEMAN, Montana — Isaiah Ifanse picked up where he left off
after the most productive rookie rushing season in Montana State history.

In 2018, the Bellevue, Washington product became the first Bobcat freshman to surpass 1,000 yards rushing. Despite battling an ailing hamstring for most of Big Sky Conference play, the former Washington Gatorade Player of the Year still averaged 5.2 yards per carry and 78.8 yards per game.

He surpassed 100 yards in a single game five times,
including rushing for 176 yards in MSU’s 35-14 win over No. 24 Incarnate Word
in the first round of the FCS Playoffs. Ifanse scored three of his seven touchdowns
during a 227-yard career day to spark MSU’s 49-42 win over Cal Poly.

In Montana State’s first two games this season, Ifanse has
191 yards rushing on 26 carries. He is averaging 7.3 yards per carry after his
sixth career 100-yard game, a 114-yard effort on just 11 carries in MSU’s 38-17
win over No. 12 Southeast Missouri State.

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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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