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Revamped Montana State secondary will be tested by explosive Eagles

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BOZEMAN — Tyrel Thomas and Jalen Cole shared several similarities before arriving at the same time in Bozeman, Montana to become Bobcats.

Both are competitive, physical cornerbacks who make up for their lack of size with the ability to agitate and dominant their competition. Both prepped in the Trinity League, Southern California’s top prep school league. Both earned praise from recruiters and scouts but missed out on FBS offers because of their small stature.

Both were recruited by Gerald Alexander, a former Boise State and NFL standout who spent a single season coaching cornerbacks at Montana State before moving on to the same position on Justin Wilcox’s staff at Cal. Thomas and Cole came to Montana State with the intention to play right away and both did during the 2017 season.

And both would agree, the hardest thing they have had to do since moving to the Treasure State has nothing to do with playing football.

BOZEMAN — Tyrel Thomas and Jalen Cole shared several similarities before arriving at the same time in Bozeman, Montana to become Bobcats.

Both are competitive, physical cornerbacks who make up for their lack of size with the ability to agitate and dominant their competition. Both prepped in the Trinity League, Southern California’s top prep school league. Both earned praise from recruiters and scouts but missed out on FBS offers because of their small stature.

Both were recruited by Gerald Alexander, a former Boise State and NFL standout who spent a single season coaching cornerbacks at Montana State before moving on to the same position on Justin Wilcox’s staff at Cal. Thomas and Cole came to Montana State with the intention to play right away and both did during the 2017 season.

And both would agree, the hardest thing they have had to do since moving to the Treasure State has nothing to do with playing football.

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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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