Montana Griz spring football

Ifanse striving to stay fresh after breakout freshman season

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BOZEMAN, Montana — Isaiah Ifanse did not practice for two weeks, including Montana State’s bye week, leading up to MSU’s rivalry game with Idaho last October.

He was not listed as the starter on the depth chart entering the action. He did not warm up with the team. Yet when the Bobcats needed him, Ifanse delivered, just as he did throughout his true freshman season.

That October afternoon last fall, Ifanse converted four different first down runs despite playing on an ailing leg. He managed 13 physical carries, including one that sent Idaho middle linebacker Tyler Graham to the sideline seeing stars. He finished Montana State’s 24-23 win over the Vandals with 54 yards, earning the praise of his head coach.

“He will sacrifice anything for this team,” Jeff Choate said the following week. “It’s impressive to see a young kid like that not be selfish, ‘what do you need me to do, I’ll know it mentally, I’ll take care of the ball.’

“It’s impressive to watch.”

BOZEMAN, Montana — Isaiah Ifanse did not practice for two weeks, including Montana State’s bye week, leading up to MSU’s rivalry game with Idaho last October.

He was not listed as the starter on the depth chart entering the action. He did not warm up with the team. Yet when the Bobcats needed him, Ifanse delivered, just as he did throughout his true freshman season.

That October afternoon last fall, Ifanse converted four different first down runs despite playing on an ailing leg. He managed 13 physical carries, including one that sent Idaho middle linebacker Tyler Graham to the sideline seeing stars. He finished Montana State’s 24-23 win over the Vandals with 54 yards, earning the praise of his head coach.

“He will sacrifice anything for this team,” Jeff Choate said the following week. “It’s impressive to see a young kid like that not be selfish, ‘what do you need me to do, I’ll know it mentally, I’ll take care of the ball.'

"It’s impressive to watch.”

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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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