Big changes are ahead for Montana State seniors Travis Jonsen and Bryce Sterk.
Undrafted free agents following the conclusion of the 2020 NFL Draft on Saturday, both Bobcats agreed to professional contracts to play football in Florida. Jonsen, a versatile receiver who caught 55 passes for 580 yards and rushed 82 times for 526 yards as a senior in 2019 First Team Big Sky All-Purpose selection, joins the Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers drafted only one receiver.
Sterk was one of the most productive defensive ends in the FCS last fall, recording 20 tackles-for-loss and 15 sacks in a Second Team All-America season. He joins the Miami Dolphins, but instead of chasing passers he will be catching passes from them. Sterk signed as a tight end, and his first professional passes will likely come from former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. The Dolphins didn’t draft a tight end.
Montana State coach Jeff Choate was pleased for both his former stars.
“Several teams called in the last few months about the possibility of Bryce moving to tight end,” Choate said. “He has the athleticism and the intelligence to make this move, and I have complete confidence the he’ll be successful. Travis’ versatility and competitiveness was on display for two seasons. Whatever role Tampa Bay finds for him, he’ll be more than ready. I’m proud of both of these guys.”
The possibility exists that several other Bobcats will receiver opportunities in professional football in the next few days.
Press release by Bill Lamberty, Montana State sports information. All Rights Reserved.