Depth Chart

Five MSU players return for showdown at EWU

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Montana State added five players who missed the Bobcats’ opener last week to the roster as MSU prepares to head to Cheney this weekend.

Junior tight end Austin Barth, sophomore defensive end Devin Jeffries, sophomore safety Khari Garcia, sophomore linebacker Blake Braun and freshman cornerback Tre’Von Strong were each added to the MSU depth chart released by the team on Monday afternoon. Montana State will take on No. 14 Eastern Washington at 2 p.m. MST on Saturday afternoon.

Barth, a 6-foot-6, 250-pound former quarterback out of Columbia Falls, is listed as senior Beau Sandland’s backup at tight end. He’s missed the last four weeks after having emergency surgery to remove his appendix.

Devin Jefferies

Devin Jefferies

Jeffries, a 6-foot-1, 250-pounder who was the 2013 Class AA Defensive MVP at Kalispell Glacier, is listed as the No. 2 Bandit defensive end behind junior Zach Hutchins and in front of junior college transfer Jessie Clark. He missed MSU’s opener with a pulled hamstring.

Garcia, a 5-foot-10, 178-pounder who started four games as a freshman, missed MSU’s season-opening 45-14 victory over Division II Fort Lewis after being suspended for a DUI conviction in the off-season. Garcia and redshirt freshman DeMonte King are listed as co-No. 1s on the depth chart.

Braun, a 6-foot-2, 227-pounder, also missed the opener because of a suspension for a violation of team rules. The Riverside, California product played in five games as a true freshman at Sam linebacker before missing last season with a shoulder injury. He was MSU’s No. 1 Will linebacker for spring drills and fall camp before the spot was awarded to junior Fletcher Collins. Braun is listed as redshirt freshman middle linebacker Grant Collins’ backup at Mike linebacker.

Strong, a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder out of Billings Skyview, had an impressive fall camp and earned a spot on the MSU two-deep, the only true freshmen defender to do so. The rookie missed the opener for a violation of team rules. He’s listed as senior Bryson Keeton’s backup at left cornerback.

Bryson McCabe, a 5-foot-11, 195-pounder who transferred from Iowa Western last winter, made five tackles in MSU’s opener. He’ll miss the EWU game with an a knee  injury.

Montana State’s cornerbacks got a few extra bodies with the return of Strong along with the medical clearance of Braelen Evans and Zach Stern. Evans is a 5-foot-11, 190-pounder from Frisco, Texas. The highly touted cornerback redshirted last season before tearing his ACL for a second time in January, an injury that cost his senior season in high school as well. Stern is a 6-foot-1, 200-pounder who transferred to MSU from Santa Monica College. The former JC sprinter was originally slated to play Sam linebacker for the Bobcats. He’ll play cornerback now. He missed MSU’s opener with a pulled hamstring.

Montana State Depth Chart Week 2

Left tackle

55 John Weidenaar, 6-7, 285, Senior

62 Mitch Brott, 6-6, 265, Freshman

Left guard

75 JP Flynn, 6-5, 317, Junior

54 Monte Folsom, 6-2, 295, sophomore

Center

70 Joel Horn, 6-4, 320, senior

65 Doug Hanson, 6-3, 280, junior

Right guard

63 Kyle Godecke, 6-5, 325, senior

73 Caleb Gillis 6-6, 285, sophomore

Right tackle

71 Alex Eekhoff, 6-6, 290, senior

60 Dylan Mahoney, 6-6, 283, sophomore

Tight end

85 Beau Sandland, 6-6, 250, senior

15 Austin Barth, 6-6, 250, junior

Quarterback

5 Dakota Prukop, 6-2, 195, junior

2 Jake Bleskin, 6-1, 195, senior

Running back

17 Chad Newell, 6-1, 210, junior

27 Gunnar Brekke, 5-11, 192, junior

23 Nick LaSane, 5-11, 213, sophomore

OR 9 Tavon Dodd, 5-8, 180, redshirt freshman

X Receiver

82 Mitchell Herbert, 6-4, 205, sophomore

87 Conner Sullivan, 6-4, 223, redshirt freshman

F/Y Receiver

13 Mitch Griebel, 5-10, 193, senior

19 Jayshawn Gates, 5-8, 150, sophomore

Z Receiver

3 Justin Paige, 5-11, 175, sophomore

4 Brandon Brown, 6-0, 180, junior

OR 7 Will Krolick, 6-1, 184, junior

Kicker

45 Luke Daly, 6-2, 185, sophomore

Punter

30 Trevor Bolton, 5-10, 189, senior

2 Jake Bleskin, 6-1, 195, senior

DEFENSE

Bandit

16 Zach Hutchins, 6-3, 215, junior

94 Devin Jeffries, 6-1, 250, sophomore

33 Jessie Clark, 6-3, 245, junior

Tackle

90 Taylor Sheridan, 6-4, 280, senior

50 Nate Bignell, 6-2, 273, senior

Nose

97 Connor Thomas, 6-3, 290, senior

92 Tucker Yates, 6-0, 303, redshirt freshman

End

57 Tyrone Fa’anono, 6-2, 261, sophomore

2 Shiloh LaBoy, 6-4, 255, sophomore

Sam

49 Mac Bignell, 6-0, 190, sophomore

14 Toti Moeakiola, 6-0, 215, redshirt freshman

OR

42 Joey Michael, 6-2, 205, junior

Mike

41 Grant Collins, 6-4, 225, redshirt freshman

34 Blake Braun, 6-2, 227, sophomore

Will

59 Fletcher Collins, 6-2, 216, junior

22 Marcus Tappan, 6-2, 235, sophomore

Left corner

3 Bryson Keeton, 6-2, 190, senior

26 Tre’Von Strong, 6-1, 190, freshman

Rover

6 Desman Carter, 6-2, 190, senior

29 West Wilson, 5-11, 198, sophomore

Free safety

1 DeMonte King, 6-0, 192, redshirt freshman

OR

12 Khari Garcia, 5-10, 178, sophomore

Right corner

38 Trace Timmer, 6-0, 183, senior

OR

24 Bryce Alley, 5-11, 165, sophomore

Kick returns

13 Mitch Griebel, 5-10, 193, senior

27 Gunnar Brekke, 5-11, 192, junior

Punt returns

13 Mitch Griebel, 5-10, 193, senior

27 Gunnar Brekke, 5-11, 192, junior

Long snaps

56 Rocky Hogue, 6-3, 205, sophomore

Holder

13 Mitch Griebel, 5-10, 193, senior

 

Photos by Brooks Nuanez. All Rights Reserved.

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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