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Athletic ability makes Troy Andersen's transition to linebacker seamless

Posted: 10:51 PM, Aug 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-04 01:21:35-04
Troy Andersen

BOZEMAN — Troy Andersen won the quarterback battle last season in Montana State's fall football camp and put together an impressive 2018 season, but he won't be behind center heading into 2019.

Andersen will be taking his talents to the defensive side of the ball, where he's slated to start as a linebacker this upcoming season. MSU head coach Jeff Choate said that Andersen is one of the best two-way athletes he's ever coached, so he's expecting his athleticism to make the transition back into the linebacker role seamless.

“His athleticism, I think I’ve said this a number of times, I think he’s on par with some of the best all-around football players I’ve had the opportunity to coach," said Choate. "And that's some good guys -- guys like Shaq Thompson won the Ronnie Lott award, was a first-round draft pick; Dante Fowler Jr. that can play just about anywhere on the field; Doug Martin, who’s another first-round draft pick that played at time both offense and defense at Boise State. So he’s that type of an athlete and that’s very unique.”