If 2020 went as planned, Montana State would be opening up Big Sky Conference play this weekend at Bobcat Stadium against Portland State.
Instead, the Bobcats and the rest of the Big Sky stand pat, practicing lightly and waiting to hear what a spring season might look like. According to sources and multiple reports, the league is expected to release an eight-game, nine-week schedule in early October.
This week would normally serve as a time when fifth-year head coach Jeff Choate was locking in his two-deep to prepare for a run at the program’s first conference championship since 2012. MSU was supposed to have 20 seniors on its roster this season. With the blanket waiver passed by the NCAA that states that any games played this fall or next spring would not count toward eligibility, MSU is slated to have 44 seniors in the fall of 2021.
Montana State’s roster remains in transition, a reality in today’s college football world. When comparing the 2019 and 2020 roster, the following players are no longer on the roster:
Running back Karl Tucker II (transferred to Montana Western), defensive backs Ty’Rese and Ty’Rhae Gibson, nickelback Jalen Cole, safeties Keaton Anderson, Elijah King and Brian Campbell (graduated), defensive tackle Seer Deines, offensive linemen Ethan Ormes, Hudson Klundt and Ryan Barkley and fullback Jack Galt.
Here’s an update on the rest of Montana State’s current roster and the differences from last season. Numbers with no changes are not included but stay tuned for a three-part “Bobcats by the Numbers” podcast with analysis of every Bobcat.