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ELEVATED EXPECTATIONS: Sain, Session expected to bolster Bobcat offensive line

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BOZEMAN, Montana — If you have an elite offensive line, you have a chance to win a championship; it’s one of the oldest notions in football.

And it’s a notion Montana State hopes is true in 2021.

But for that idea to come to fruition, MSU is going to need a few unproven players to rise their playing levels with the departure of a few outstanding pieces.

Mitch Brott started a Montana State-record 50 games during his career, capping his senior year in 2019 with All-Big Sky Conference and All-American honors as MSU plowed its way to the semifinals of the FCS playoffs for the first time since 1984.

Connor Wood, a massive 6-foot-5, 320-pounder who played tackle and guard in his two years as a starter for MSU playoff games, abruptly left the program following the first spring ball under new head coach Brent Vigen. The Boise native graduated and grad transferred to Missouri of the SEC.

Wood’s presence would have given Montana State four of the more talented and experienced offensive lineman in the league.

Lewis Kidd, a 6-foot-6, 312-pound returning all-league selection (at guard) will play left tackle for his senior season. His start September 4 against Wyoming in the Bobcats’ season-opener will be his 34rd straight.

Fellow senior Taylor Tuiasosopo, a 6-foot-4, 305-pounder who earned all-league honors last season at guard, has started 28 games in his MSU career. He and do-everything senior Troy Andersen served as Montana State’s representatives on the Big Sky’s preseason all-league squad.

Zach Redd, a 6-foot-1, 295-pound junior, is from the same high school as Wood (the duo helped the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies win an Idaho 5A state championship in 2015) and has been a consistent cog of MSU’s interior offensive line in 2018 and 2019. Redd played mostly center in 2019 but has taken most of his snaps since Vigen took over in February of this year.

Redd’s bump to guard and Kidd’s bump to tackle means Montana State needs two players to emerge; one, respectively, at center and the other, preferably, at right tackle.

Vigen said he thinks sophomore Cole Sain, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound transfer of Riverside Community College by way of Montana, is the man at center. And talented redshirt freshman T.J. Session, an athletic 6-foot-4, 282-pound tackle out of Vista Murrieta High in Southern California will also have ELEVATED EXPECTATIONS this upcoming fall along the Bobcat offensive front.

BOZEMAN, Montana — If
you have an elite offensive line, you have a chance to win a championship; it’s
one of the oldest notions in football.

And it’s a notion Montana State hopes is true in 2021.

But for that idea to come to fruition, MSU is going to need a few unproven players to rise their playing levels with the departure of a few outstanding pieces.

Mitch Brott started a Montana State-record 50 games during
his career, capping his senior year in 2019 with All-Big Sky Conference and
All-American honors as MSU plowed its way to the semifinals of the FCS playoffs
for the first time since 1984.

Connor Wood, a massive 6-foot-5, 320-pounder who played tackle and guard in his two years as a starter for MSU playoff games, abruptly left the program following the first spring ball under new head coach Brent Vigen. The Boise native graduated and grad transferred to Missouri of the SEC.

Wood’s presence would have given Montana State four of the
more talented and experienced offensive lineman in the league.

Lewis Kidd, a 6-foot-6, 312-pound returning all-league
selection (at guard) will play left tackle for his senior season. His start
September 4 against Wyoming in the Bobcats’ season-opener will be his 34rd
straight.

Fellow senior Taylor Tuiasosopo, a 6-foot-4, 305-pounder who earned all-league honors last season at guard, has started 28 games in his MSU career. He and do-everything senior Troy Andersen served as Montana State's representatives on the Big Sky's preseason all-league squad.

Zach Redd, a 6-foot-1, 295-pound junior, is from the same high school as Wood (the duo helped the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies win an Idaho 5A state championship in 2015) and has been a consistent cog of MSU’s interior offensive line in 2018 and 2019. Redd played mostly center in 2019 but has taken most of his snaps since Vigen took over in February of this year.

Redd’s bump to guard and Kidd’s bump to tackle means Montana
State needs two players to emerge; one, respectively, at center and the other,
preferably, at right tackle.

Vigen said he thinks sophomore Cole Sain, a 6-foot-4,
280-pound transfer of Riverside Community College by way of Montana, is the man
at center. And talented redshirt freshman T.J. Session, an athletic 6-foot-4,
282-pound tackle out of Vista Murrieta High in Southern California will also
have ELEVATED
EXPECTATIONS
this upcoming fall along the Bobcat offensive front.

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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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