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Building community relations a huge part of Montana State's 2019 family fun day scrimmage

Posted: 8:20 PM, Aug 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-17 22:20:45-04
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BOZEMAN — Montana State's open scrimmage Saturday afternoon gives Bobcat fans their first look at the 2019 squad in action. But seeing the players in a more natural environment during the family fun day beforehand is what the day is all about.

Head coach Jeff Choate says it's crucial for the fans to see his players and staff in a non-game environment so that they can see beyond the pads and helmets what his players are all about. It's building that bond to the community that builds a lasting culture of football for present, and future Bobcat fans.

“I think those kids that are going to come to games on Saturday and maybe their distracted the whole time and they don’t know what’s going on. But Willie Patterson may play catch with them tomorrow afternoon for 10 minutes and all season long they’re going to watch number 11. Football is a different sport that way, so to make it more personal that way I think that’s one of the objectives to humanize these guys and let the people of our community know that hey these are good kids and they’re proud to represent Montana State. Take a minute and get to know them and you’ll be impressed.”