Editor’s note: With our staff in Reno, Nevada for the Big Sky Conference basketball tournament, Skyline Sports will run a two-part series breaking down Montana State’s offense and defense as the Bobcats participate in their first week of spring football with practices the mornings of March 6 and March 8.

BOZEMAN — What was once a crowded room now has only a few familiar faces.

Montana State’s running backs group has a whole new look as the Bobcats open up spring drills the second week of March. Nick LaSane has graduated after finishing his senior season with a flourish in 2017. Senior Noah James has retired because of chronic shoulder injuries. Junior Edward Vander has decided to pursue other football opportunities. Sophomore Troy Andersen will spend the spring concentrating full time on honing his skills at Sam linebacker.

The complicate the attrition, the group is also without a coach. Michael Pitre, MSU’s running backs coach for the last four seasons, lone holdover from former head coach Rob Ash’s staff and recruiting coordinator the last two under current head coach Jeff Choate, took a job at Oregon State in the off-season.

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Reporting by Brooks Nuanez. Photos by Brooks Nuanez. All Rights Reserved.


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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