BOZEMAN — Former Montana State redshirt freshman backup quarterback and Great Falls native Blake Thelen has found a new home in the Treasure State.
"They've got a good culture over there," said Thelen on Wednesday. "I know a lot of people over there that really like it. They really like the school. A lot of good things going on in Butte right now so just wanted to take part in it."
After announcing on Twitter that he was transferring from MSU on May 10, the former Great Falls High standout announced on the social media website on Tuesday that he was committing to play for the Montana Tech Orediggers. Thelen threw a touchdown in the Bobcats' Sonny Holland Classic Spring Game that took place back in April.
Next chapter, Roll Diggs⚒️ #Family #CountOnMe @MonTechFootball @CoachKyleSamson pic.twitter.com/22FkYziafa— Blake Thelen (@Doctor_Blake22) June 1, 2021
At the conclusion of spring camp, and with North Carolina State transfer Matt McKay named the starting signal caller, Thelen knew if he wanted a shot at significant playing time, he needed to move on.
"Just wanted to make the most of my college years, still play football and stuff," Thelen said. "Nothing with the program or anything just me wanting to get playing time and get on the field really."
Thelen committed to the Bobcats in December of 2018 after a standout senior year for the Bison where he threw 28 touchdowns and ran for seven more. Thelen's father, Terry, took a similar path. He played for Montana State and then left the program to finish his career at Carroll College.
"My dad was a Saint, so there's a little rivalry there," Thelen said. "We might have a little family rivalry going on. But it's all good. I'm excited to get down there and get to work."