BOZEMAN – We are in the final days of spring football for Montana State and the end of the week couldn’t come soon enough.

“I’m at that point now where I kind of want spring ball to be over,” Bobcats head coach Jeff Choate said following Monday’s practice.

After weeks of grueling morning practices, Choate has a good read of his team at this point, but there is still one major focus heading into the Sonny Holland Spring Game this weekend.

“I think we’ve gotten a good amount of work, a good amount of exchanges,” Choate said. “I want to stay healthy. That’s probably my No. 1 priority, is to make sure that we continue to build on things we talked about, refine some things on offense. But right now my biggest concern is just making sure we get out of here healthy and have a good competitive show on Saturday.”

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And the fans should be getting just that. This being the Choate regime’s second Sonny Holland game, the difference in play from last April to now is, according to the coach, easy to see.

“The more familiarity you have, the more efficient you’re able to be, so that’s one of the things I see from an athletic stand-point,” the second-year coach said. “I think we transition a lot better, play with better pad level overall. There’s always going to be, it’s always going to be something you’re going to harp on. But I do feel like when I do watch us we have better knee bend, better hand placement, so there are some fundamental things that I think we’ve made improvements on in the last 12 months.”

We’ll get another chance to see if he’s right this Saturday.