Former Wazzu transfer Greene not going to MSU, NDSU tops polls


Montana State are in the market for a dropdown cornerback, but two players the Bobcats coveted went elsewhere already.

With fall camp just days away, Montana State was hoping on former Washington State corner Kahshan Greene to transfer to Bozeman. But Rob Ash told Greg Rachac of the Billings Gazette that “things didn’t work out academically” as the 5-foot-10, 168-pound Greene appeared on the roster of the Idaho Vandals today.

It was also rumored that MSU was after Wyoming transfer Ryon’e Winters. Winters, a 6-foot sophomore, transferred to 2014 FCS runner-up Illinois State.

Montana State has senior Bryson Keeton back as a starter at cornerback. The other spot will be a competition between sophomore Bryce Alley, senior Trace Timmer and three freshman: Sidney Holmes of Beaumont, Texas, Chris Harris of Elsinore, California and Tre’Von Strong from Billings Skyview.

While the Bobcats remain in search of a cornerback, they continue to receive preseason publicity. Wednesday, the FCS released its first weekly Coaches’ Poll. The Bobcats were No. 11, making them the second-highest ranked Big Sky Conference team and giving them a one-spot advantage on rival Montana. Three-time reigning league champion EWU is the highest ranked team from the BSC at No. 6. Idaho State is No. 24.

North Dakota State was a unanimous No. 1. The poll marks the fourth season in a row in which the four-time reigning FCS national champs claimed the top spot. NDSU edged out Illinois State, the national runner-up a season ago. Villanova, led by reigning Walter Payton Award winner quarterback John Robertson, was No. 3.

Sam Houston State, the 2011 and 2012 FCS runner-ups, is No. 4. Big South power Coastal Carolina is NO. 5.

New Hampshire, a semifinal qualifier last season, is No. 7. Chattanooga, a quarterfinal team last fall, is No. 8. Jacksonville State and Northern Iowa round out the top 10 right ahead of MSU and UM.

James Madison is No. 13. Liberty is No. 14. Montana opens with NDSU and plays at Liberty in Week 3. South Dakota State, the team that ended Montana State’s season last fall, is No. 15.

1North Dakota State (24)0-06000
2Illinois State0-05510
4Sam Houston State0-05110
5Coastal Carolina0-05020
6Eastern Washington0-04810
7New Hampshire0-04450
9Jacksonville State0-03960
10Northern Iowa0-03810
11Montana State0-02960
13James Madison0-02720
15South Dakota State0-02150
16Youngstown State0-02050
17Eastern Kentucky0-01710
19Southeastern Louisiana0-01640
20Indiana State0-01060
23McNeese State0-0910
24Idaho State0-0820
25Eastern Illinois0-0730
Others Receiving Votes: Alcorn State(0-0) 52; Stephen F. Austin(0-0) 51; William & Mary(0-0) 43; Cal Poly(0-0) 42; Northern Arizona(0-0) 34; Bethune-Cookman(0-0) 25; North Carolina A&T(0-0) 24; South Carolina State(0-0) 21; Jackson State(0-0) 21; Charleston Southern(0-0) 14; Sacred Heart(0-0) 14; Western Carolina(0-0) 13; Furman(0-0) 12; South Dakota(0-0) 12; Bucknell(0-0) 9; Maine(0-0) 9; Lehigh(0-0) 8; Samford(0-0) 5; Towson(0-0) 5; Yale(0-0) 4; San Diego(0-0) 4; Bryant(0-0) 4; Duquesne(0-0) 2; Central Arkansas(0-0) 2; UT Martin(0-0) 1
Updated: (08/05/2015)

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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