Bobcats still searching for Murray’s main competitor


Editor’s note: This is the first installment in a series breaking down the Montana State Bobcats following the third spring under head coach Jeff Choate and his staff. Today’s installment addresses the quarterbacks. 

BOZEMAN — Jeff Choate returns his starting quarterback for the third straight season in his third season at the helm for Montana State. Yet MSU’s head coach continues to search for someone to push Chris Murray.

The electric but sporadic dual-threat quarterback from Inglewood, California burst onto the scene by rushing for 180 yards and three touchdowns off the bench in MSU’s 41-38 loss at Sacramento State. Two weeks later, he took over the starting job against Weber State and has been Montana State’s sole starter under center ever since.

The 2016 Big Sky Freshman of the Year led the Bobcats to back-to-back wins to end his freshman season on a high note after MSU lost the first six Big Sky Conference contests of the Choate era. Murray’s 142-yard, two-touchdown rushing performance in a 24-17 win over rival Montana etched him into the lore of the rivalry in his first-ever face off with the hated Griz.

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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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