Jeff Choate moving starting quarterback Troy Andersen to linebacker

Posted at 6:31 PM, Feb 06, 2019

BOZEMAN – Troy Andersen is the best utility player on Montana State’s football roster. Whenever he’s on the field, he’s arguably the best athlete. His athletic ability has led Bobcats head coach Jeff Choate to use him as a running back, linebacker and most recently the team’s starting quarterback.

Andersen’s role on the team continues to change, and it did once again on Wednesday afternoon as Choate hinted during a National Signing Day press conference that he is once again moving Andersen to the defensive side of the ball back to linebacker.

“If there’s one position on our defense to keep an eye on, in terms of who the next impact guy is, you know, talk to (linebackers coach Bobby Daly),” said Choate. “He will have it dialed. He’s the happiest guy in this room, he’s got an impact guy in there right now so, he’s got 15 (Andersen) back there with him so he better not screw that one up. Or (offensive coordinator Matt Miller) will just take him back, right Matt?”

Andersen will now work with new linebackers coach Bobby Daly, who was an all-American at the same position during his playing days at Montana State.

The Dillon native did play a little linebacker for the Cats this past season, registering four tackles and one sack. But he shined under center the most, leading MSU to its first playoff win in six seasons and scoring a program-record 21 rushing touchdowns this year.

Choate did not add who would be taking over at the quarterback position for Andersen, but the Bobcats should expect to have stiff competition in that room with players like Tucker Rovig and Casey Bauman.