Montana State has had one of the best offenses in the country the last few years. But what about this year?
When Dakota Prukop headed off to Oregon for his senior year, it left a huge hole in Montana State’s offense. But there is one man who believes he can close that hole. New offensive coordinator, Courtney Messingham, has coached in places like Indiana and Iowa State, and showed already in spring ball what fans can expect.
“I think the one thing you’re going to see is that we play hard. Our kids really understand that for you to be successful, it doesn’t matter what you’re doing either in football or in life, that you have to attack things, and hopefully after each game that people will say they give it up, that they play hard, that they play for the guy next to them and they really understand team concept,” Messingham said.
Traveled quarterback Tyler Bruggman was able to run Messingham’s offense near the end of spring ball, and looks to have the job locked up, but the coach isn’t making any promises.
“I think we have a pretty good idea of who our main 16 or 17 guys would be, but as far as truly starters, I always want our kids to go in with the mindset of, ‘You better worry about your own business and keep improving as much as you can as an individual.’ Then when game day gets here, worry about who’s the starter and who’s not,” Messingham said.
Messingham, who has coached nine all-Americans in his distinguished career, starts on Saturday, grooming his next one.
“We’ve got to keep getting the offensive line, as an example, to play together as a group of five and when you include the tight end, a group of six. That really came to pass as the spring went on. Early on, I thought they were so worried about their individual jobs that they weren’t able to play as a whole unit together. That then goes to all 11 guys. As those five or six start figuring it out, now that allows the other guys to really do their part of the puzzle,” Messingham said.