Montana State

Bobcat football roster continues to evolve entering summer session

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BOZEMAN, Montana — During his longest address this spring to the press the first Friday of April, Jeff Choate touched on a variety of objectives and obstacles facing his Montana State football team as the team prepares for his fourth season.

One revelation came when Choate talked about the interesting challenges of trying to keep an FCS roster fully stocked. Prior to landing the MSU head job in December of 2015, Choate had spent all but one season of his 14 years as a college assistant in the FBS.

Recruiting never stops,” Choate said with MSU about midway through spring drills. “One thing you really learn as a first time head coach, especially at the FCS level is how fluid your roster is and how hard it is to get to the three perfect marks which are can you use all 63 scholarships, get all 85 counters and all 104 into camp?”

FCS programs are allowed to offer 63 scholarships which can be split. In the FBS, teams have 85 full scholarships and cannot offer partials. FCS schools are allowed to have 85 total players receiving scholarship money. Just like in the FBS, FCS schools are allowed to bring 94 players to fall camp and carry 104 players on the roster once the academic year begins.

BOZEMAN, Montana — During his longest address this spring to the press the first Friday of April, Jeff Choate touched on a variety of objectives and obstacles facing his Montana State football team as the team prepares for his fourth season.

One revelation came when Choate talked about the interesting challenges of trying to keep an FCS roster fully stocked. Prior to landing the MSU head job in December of 2015, Choate had spent all but one season of his 14 years as a college assistant in the FBS.

Recruiting never
stops,” Choate said with MSU about midway through spring drills. “One thing you
really learn as a first time head coach, especially at the FCS level is how
fluid your roster is and how hard it is to get to the three perfect marks which
are can you use all 63 scholarships, get all 85 counters and all 104 into camp?”

FCS programs are allowed to offer 63 scholarships which can be split. In the FBS, teams have 85 full scholarships and cannot offer partials. FCS schools are allowed to have 85 total players receiving scholarship money. Just like in the FBS, FCS schools are allowed to bring 94 players to fall camp and carry 104 players on the roster once the academic year begins.

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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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