Fall Camp

Position battles rage on for young, talented Bobcat offensive line


BOZEMAN — Montana State’s offense has a slew of question marks as the Bobcats march through their third fall camp under head coach Jeff Choate.

Who will be the wide receivers to rise up and replace the production of graduated captain Mitch Herbert and injured senior Jabarri Johnson?

How will the Bobcats replace four of their five leading rushers from the ground attack that led the Big Sky Conference last season?

Who will be the man to replace the leading rusher in the league, quarterback Chris Murray?

The one spot of stability on the MSU offensive attack is in the trenches. The Bobcats return senior captain Alex Neale for his third straight season starting at center. Junior Mitch Brott is also a three-year starter, although he will start on the blindside instead of at power tackle like he has the last two seasons. Because of an injury then an abrupt departure from the program by Jake McFetridge, Taylor Tuiasosopo started eight games as a redshirt freshman last season. Because of an injury to Caleb Gillis, converted defensive lineman Lewis Kidd started five games at right guard last season.

The only player the Bobcats lose from a unit that helped the Bobcats rush for 250 yards per game last season is second-team All-Big Sky left tackle Dylan Mahoney. Other than that, the front line of the Bobcat offense is flush with young talent and gaining experience.

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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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