Montana State finding depth in young wide receivers

Posted at 9:34 PM, Aug 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-14 14:04:36-04

BOZEMAN — Week two of Bobcats’ fall camp is underway, and while the starters have not been solidified for the wide receiver position, the unit is still remaining confident.

Last season, Montana State only had 16 touchdown receptions, four less than their 20 rushing. This year, things are changing.

“We have a lot of talent in the receiver room,” senior receiver Johnny D’Agostino said. “I think capitalizing on all our opportunities will be our biggest challenge.”

Head Coach Jeff Choate agrees.

“They’ve done awesome, I think that they’re job is to catch the ball thrown their way and stop as hard as they can if they go the other way. I think there’s a lot of talent in that room.”

While there is a lot of talent, they have lost one big standout in Jabarri Johnson. In the spring he had season ending knee surgery, and while detrimental, his injury has opened the door for young guys like Coy Steele to step up.

“It’s been a lot of fun, transitioning from lifting and practicing,” Steele said. “Now you have more of a reason and more something to drive you. It’s been fun.”

Veteran guys like Johnny D’Agostino and newly named team captain Kevin Kassis also join the receiver ranks. In the 2017 season, Kevin had 270 receiving yards for two touchdowns, all done with accolades.

“Probably the hardest worker in the program,” Choate said. “He has established himself as a leader in the wide receiver room.”

Johnny D’Agostino was sidelined with an injury but is looking to bounce back.

“Johnny is a stud, doesn’t complain, doesn’t make excuses,” teammate Kevin Kassis said. “I think we’re similar in many ways — not the tallest, fastest guys, but if you need someone to get open, Johnny will.”

“I’m always trying to do the right thing and get in the right spots and be open for the other guys,” Johnny said on what makes him stand out as a receiver.

Overall the team is young and with inexperience comes challenges.

“I think our biggest challenge is going to be there’s only three of us who have played,” Steele said. “Once we get a taste of everything we will be fine.”