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Choate steady in belief of defensive philosophy


BOZEMAN — More often than not in the Big Sky Conference era, Montana State has prided itself on playing tough defense.

For the duration of Jeff Choate’s career in football — from his first introduction to the Treasure State as a linebacker at Montana Western to his decade-plus coaching high school football in Idaho to his time as an assistant under well-respected head coaches like Mick Dennehy, Chris Petersen and Will Muschamp to his first two seasons as a college head coach — the driven mentor has hung his hat on defense, as well.

As Montana State enters its third season under Choate, the talent defensively has been restocked and depth has been potentially cultivated. The last two seasons have seen a stark turnaround for a unit that fell from the ranks of the nationally elite at the beginning of this decade to a defense that quite literally couldn’t stop anyone.

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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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