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Culture change complete as Bobcats enter third season under Choate

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BOZEMAN — Bill Kollar has made unrelenting effort a trademark of his career, whether as an All-American interior defensive lineman at Montana State or during an MVP performance at the 1974 Senior Bowl or during a solid NFL career after becoming one of just three players from the Big Sky Conference to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Kollar is one of only four Bobcats to have his number retired and by all accounts, one of the great players in MSU and Big Sky history. That hard-charging way has carried Kollar through a successful second career as one of the NFL’s most revered defensive line coaches. His most recent stops are perhaps his greatest accomplishments.

In Houston, Kollar helped JJ Watt rise to become the NFL Defensive Player of the Year while also building the pass rushing foundation for suddenly-blossoming former No. 1 overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney. The last four seasons, Kollar has been with the Denver Broncos, helping Von Miller earn first-team All-Pro honors three straight seasons and clinch the MVP of Super Bowl 50.

When Kollar speaks, he demands attention, just like he did when he addressed the current Bobcats on a suddenly sunny Saturday in Aprli. Following MSU’s first spring scrimmage of 2018, Kollar praised the team for their work ethic and spirited effort during the 75-play exercise.

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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 12 year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to founded Skyline Sports.

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