Montana State fall camp 2019

Ioane a new man with a new plan upon returning to the Bobcats

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BOZEMAN, Montana — As he jogged to the rail that borders Dyche Field, Kane Ioane’s smile was brighter than the August sun hanging in the Bozeman sky.

As Montana State wrapped up its second practice of its fourth camp under head coach Jeff Choate, Ioane is in the middle of an entirely different experience. Reporting to fall camp during the dog days of summer has been a part of Ioane’s life since his days a standout two-way star at Billings Skyview in the late 1990s.

Life is decidedly different for Ioane now. The Bobcat legend — Ioane was a four-time All-American selection at safety for MSU between 2000 and 2003 — has never loved anything more than football. The natural-born coach exudes an energy and enthusiasm for the game that is hard to miss and has not dissipated one single drop.

During Sunday’s first fully padded practice, Ioane’s bark was the first and loudest heard. But nothing, not even the cracking of the pads, can put a bigger smile on the face of Montana State’s new defensive coordinator like the smile he displayed when his 14-month-old daughter Avah toddled onto the grass at Dyche Field following Saturday’s practice.

BOZEMAN, Montana — As he jogged to the rail that borders
Dyche Field, Kane Ioane’s smile was brighter than the August sun hanging in the
Bozeman sky.

As Montana State wrapped up its second practice of its
fourth camp under head coach Jeff Choate, Ioane is in the middle of an entirely
different experience. Reporting to fall camp during the dog days of summer has
been a part of Ioane’s life since his days a standout two-way star at Billings
Skyview in the late 1990s.

Life is decidedly different for Ioane now. The Bobcat legend — Ioane was a four-time All-American selection at safety for MSU between 2000 and 2003 — has never loved anything more than football. The natural-born coach exudes an energy and enthusiasm for the game that is hard to miss and has not dissipated one single drop.

During Sunday’s first fully padded practice, Ioane’s bark was the first and loudest heard. But nothing, not even the cracking of the pads, can put a bigger smile on the face of Montana State’s new defensive coordinator like the smile he displayed when his 14-month-old daughter Avah toddled onto the grass at Dyche Field following Saturday’s practice.

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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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