Montana State fall camp 2019

Five position battles to watch at Bobcat fall camp

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BOZEMAN, Montana — Montana State returns 17 starters from last season’s playoff qualifier, including four starters along the offensive line, all three of its starting receivers, a record-setting starting tailback, two standout defensive linemen, four players in the secondary and both its kicker and punter.

Yet as MSU gets set to open up its fourth fall camp under passionate head coach Jeff Choate, plenty of rotation spots are yet to be decided. Here are the five most pivotal position battles that will play out in Bozeman in August.

“We have a seating chart right now rather than a depth chart,” Choate said. “Especially probably in the front seven. We have so much depth and a lot of guys that are close to each other in terms of their skill and ability level at linebacker. You are going to see a lot of guys rolling with the 1s. I think tight end is a similar position as well losing three seniors there and then d-line, we have a lot of depth so if a kid is playing really well, we can bump him up for a day or two because we knew we are going to have to play that guy in a game anyway.

“This is the first time we’ve had 104 healthy bodies. We didn’t start with anyone on the bike today. I walked by the bikes and they were empty and I was like, ‘That was a first.'”

BOZEMAN, Montana — Montana State returns 17 starters from
last season’s playoff qualifier, including four starters along the offensive
line, all three of its starting receivers, a record-setting starting tailback,
two standout defensive linemen, four players in the secondary and both its
kicker and punter.

Yet as MSU gets set to open up its fourth fall camp under passionate head coach Jeff Choate, plenty of rotation spots are yet to be decided. Here are the five most pivotal position battles that will play out in Bozeman in August.

"We have a seating chart right now rather than a depth chart," Choate said. "Especially probably in the front seven. We have so much depth and a lot of guys that are close to each other in terms of their skill and ability level at linebacker. You are going to see a lot of guys rolling with the 1s. I think tight end is a similar position as well losing three seniors there and then d-line, we have a lot of depth so if a kid is playing really well, we can bump him up for a day or two because we knew we are going to have to play that guy in a game anyway.

"This is the first time we've had 104 healthy bodies. We didn't start with anyone on the bike today. I walked by the bikes and they were empty and I was like, 'That was a first.'"

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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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