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.