BOZEMAN – It’s been a long offseason for Montana State football fans who have been itching for the the fall to begin. After that fateful day on Nov. 18, 2017 when MSU downed the Montana Grizzlies for their first Brawl of the Wild win in Bozeman in 12 years, Bobcat Nation has every reason to be excited.
In the winter months, Montana State nailed down top commit after top commit. Even HERO Sports named MSU’s recruiting class the third-best in the FCS. So as a Cats fan, there’s a lot to be excited about, and the time is finally here.
On Saturday morning, Montana State held the first spring practice of the year. It was helmets only, but fans got a first look at the new faces and a lot of returning starters. Overall the mood was exciting and fresh, and the Bobcats are ready to get the season going.
“There’s a million things we have to get a ton better at, but it was good to be out here and I feel like we’re bigger, faster, stronger. All that stuff in the weight room in the offseason is important, but nothing like getting out and getting your cleats on the grass,” said offensive coordinator Brian Armstrong.
And the team enjoyed getting out of the confines of Brick Breeden Fieldhouse and on to the turf of Bobcat Stadium.
“You can do a million things in the gym to get moderately better, but nothing gets you better like coming out and practicing and playing,” Armstrong said. “I thought the energy was great, I thought the communication part of it was good. That being said, we have a long, long way to go, but it was fun to be out here for sure.”
There were a lot of new faces like pass-game coordinator Bob Cole and Indiana transfer running back Tyler Natee. Even seeing star sophomore Troy Andersen strictly working with the defense was a new sight.
Practice continues on Tuesday March 6 at 7:30 a.m.