Montana State Spring Football

Bobcats acclimating to new practice style in first spring ball under Vigen

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BOZEMAN, Montana — During a red-zone period on the first day of full pads of a new coaching era, Montana State’s quarterbacks threw touchdowns three times in the span of just a few minutes.

The method of scoring symbolized at least one of the differences as the Bobcat football team transitions to the leadership of new head coach Brent Vigen and his staff.

After Willie Patterson caught a well-thrown corner route for the third of the three passing scores early during Saturday’s two-plus hour session at Bobcat Stadium, a few of Patterson’s offensive teammates celebrated with him in the end-zone.

But new offensive coordinator Taylor Housewright and transitioning wide receivers coach Justin Udy (formerly the OC) had to holler at the rest of the offense to go dance with the confident slot receiver after the score.

It’s not as if veteran offensive linemen Lewis Kidd and Connor Wood don’t know how to revel in the fun of a touchdown. After all, the Bobcats scored 64 touchdowns during their run to the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs in 2019, the best playoff surge of the last 35 years at Montana State.

Rather, it’s all part of the process of learning how to practice football again. Since losing to No. 1 and eventual national champion North Dakota State on December 21 of 2019, Montana State has had as much time away from the field as any team in the Big Sky Conference or the FCS.

Montana State offensive coordintator Taylor Housewright coaching up quarterbacks Tucker Rovig (12), Casey Bauman (7) and Matt McKay (8)/by Brooks Nuanez

BOZEMAN, Montana — During a red-zone period on the first day of full pads of a new coaching era, Montana State’s quarterbacks threw touchdowns three times in the span of just a few minutes.

The method of scoring symbolized at least one of the differences as the Bobcat football team transitions to the leadership of new head coach Brent Vigen and his staff.

After Willie Patterson caught a well-thrown corner route for the third of the three passing scores early during Saturday’s two-plus hour session at Bobcat Stadium, a few of Patterson’s offensive teammates celebrated with him in the end-zone.

But new offensive coordinator Taylor Housewright and transitioning wide receivers coach Justin Udy (formerly the OC) had to holler at the rest of the offense to go dance with the confident slot receiver after the score.

It’s not as if veteran offensive linemen Lewis Kidd and Connor Wood don’t know how to revel in the fun of a touchdown. After all, the Bobcats scored 64 touchdowns during their run to the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs in 2019, the best playoff surge of the last 35 years at Montana State.

Rather, it’s all part of the process of learning how to
practice football again. Since losing to No. 1 and eventual national champion
North Dakota State on December 21 of 2019, Montana State has had as much time
away from the field as any team in the Big Sky Conference or the FCS.

Montana State offensive coordintator Taylor Housewright coaching up quarterbacks Tucker Rovig (12), Casey Bauman (7) and Matt McKay (8)/by Brooks Nuanez

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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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