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Bobcat wide receivers battle for reps in crowded group

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Mitchell Herbert, Jayshawn Gates and Justin Paige all broke into Montana State’s starting lineup as freshmen during a season in which the Bobcats scored more points than any team in school history.

All three contributed to the top scoring offense in the Big Sky Conference as sophomores last fall. Yet outside Herbert — a 6-foot-4, 205-pounder who earned third-team All-Big Sky honors last season — the rest of Montana State’s wide receivers remain in a heated battle for spots in the rotation. 

Mitchell Herbert, Jayshawn Gates and Justin Paige all broke into Montana State’s starting lineup as freshmen during a season in which the Bobcats scored more points than any team in school history.

All three contributed to the top scoring offense in the Big Sky Conference as sophomores last fall. Yet outside Herbert — a 6-foot-4, 205-pounder who earned third-team All-Big Sky honors last season — the rest of Montana State’s wide receivers remain in a heated battle for spots in the rotation.

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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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