BUTTE – Montana Tech did not throw the football last season.
Due to multiple injuries at the quarterback position, less than 30 percent of the team’s play calls were passes, and the team’s leading receiver, Alec Bray, led the team in receptions at just over three per game. The Orediggers relied on Clay Cavender and Nolan Saraceni to get by in the wildcat offense and, luckily for Tech, it worked.
Coach Chuck Morrell’s team saw success with its run-dominant offense last fall, but the Diggers are finally fielding a healthy quarterback unit and will look to the air more often this season. The lack of injuries is allowing Tech to establish more of a traditional offense, giving the receivers an opportunity to shine in camp this month.
“Our wide receivers have gotten off to a good start with camp,” said Morrell. “They’ve certainly been making some big plays. Our passing game has certainly come a long way.”
Former Montana State Bobcat and Shrine Game MVP Quinn McQueary will be the Week 1 starter for the Diggers. His talent and experience has worked well with the experienced receiving core.
“We got a pretty veteran group of guys, right now I feel like our depth is pretty good,” said Morrell. “We’ve got a lot of guys back. It’s really fun to see those guys go out and score some points and make some big plays down the field.”
Tech’s aerial attack will get one more chance to sharpen their skills in a scrimmage on Saturday before preparing for a Sept. 3 matchup against Carroll College.