Montana State fall camp 2019

Four storylines to watch at Montana State fall camp

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BOZEMAN, Montana — Montana State opens its fourth fall camp under head coach Jeff Choate on Friday, August 2. This edition holds a distinctly different aura than the previous three.

Choate took over a program that advanced to the FCS playoffs four times in five years between 2010 and 2014 only to see its more ambitious recruiting efforts and commitment to a high-powered, high-scoring offense backfire in its face. Choate’s staff immediately went to work on a rebuilding project that included a roster and schematic overhaul coupled with a different mentality centered upon character, accountability and toughness rather than flash and prevalent scoring.

During his tenure, Choate had been generous and forthcoming in the projection and crafting of his vision, laying out a blueprint with influences from his near-decade as a high school coach in Idaho and another dozen years as an FBS assistant. Montana State’s structure, vision and ambition most accurately resemble those of the ideals Choate learned in seven total seasons working under revered head coach Chris Peterson, first at Boise State, then at Washington.

BOZEMAN, Montana — Montana State opens its fourth fall camp under head coach Jeff Choate on Friday, August 2. This edition holds a distinctly different aura than the previous three.

Choate took over a program that advanced to the FCS playoffs four times in five years between 2010 and 2014 only to see its more ambitious recruiting efforts and commitment to a high-powered, high-scoring offense backfire in its face. Choate’s staff immediately went to work on a rebuilding project that included a roster and schematic overhaul coupled with a different mentality centered upon character, accountability and toughness rather than flash and prevalent scoring.

During his tenure, Choate had been generous and forthcoming in the projection and crafting of his vision, laying out a blueprint with influences from his near-decade as a high school coach in Idaho and another dozen years as an FBS assistant. Montana State’s structure, vision and ambition most accurately resemble those of the ideals Choate learned in seven total seasons working under revered head coach Chris Peterson, first at Boise State, then at Washington.

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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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