BOZEMAN – Montana State has a big night planned Friday angled at getting women more involved with the Bobcats’ football program.

Brittney Johnson is one of only two female directors of football operations in the country. For the past two years, she has planned female-oriented activities for the Minnesota Vikings, and she has now joined up with Janet Choate, the wife of second-year MSU coach Jeff Choate, for the Gridiron Girls this Friday night.

“Women can expect a really fine atmosphere,” said Johnson, “where they get to learn more about the game. They get to express how much they love the game. And they get to meet players and coaches. It’s going to be a really unique opportunity for them.”

This is the second year that Janet Choate has hosted the event.

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“I’m really excited about this year for the Gridiron Girls,” she said. “We’re going to do some fun things. We’re starting on the field and then we’re headed over to the Brick Breeden (Fieldhouse). And we have a stage set up and music, and this is an opportunity for our girls to get up close and personal with the players and coaches: ask them questions, learn more about the game, because we all love football for different reasons, and this is a night to celebrate that for the girls.”

Johnson, whose father is a longtime football coach in Idaho, wants to make sure that the women still get a football experience.

“They’re still going to get to tackle the players,” she said, “but they’re going to get some more handoff drills, passing, punting, kicking.”

Choate agreed: “We’re going to be on the field, start on the field, even if that weather isn’t perfect. We’re going to go out with the players and the coaches, and run some drills, do some tackling, some punting, passing, kicking. And then we’ll head over to the Brick Breeden for some real fun.”

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