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Jeff Choate, Montana State Bobcats not ready to make starting quarterback decision

Posted: 9:40 PM, Aug 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-11 15:09:23-04
Tucker Rovig, Casey Bauman

BOZEMAN — From the first day of Montana State's 2019 fall football camp Jeff Choate and his staff had a goal to name a starting quarterback by the end of Saturday's closed team scrimmage.

Bobcat fans will have to wait for that decision as Choate stated in his post-scrimmage press conference that he and his staff needed more time to make a decision. It still appears evident that Casey Bauman and Tucker Rovig are the only two in contention for the job and both saw snaps in Saturday's scrimmage with the first-team offense.

Baumann finished the scrimmage completing 6 of 11 passes for 77 yards, two interceptions and one touchdown. Rovig, meanwhile, was 3-of-7 passing for 14 yards, one interception and zero touchdowns.

“I know the question about the quarterback situation will be coming, and really I’m sorry to tell you this, but I can’t really give you that answer right now," said Choate. "That’s going to come through us sitting down as a staff, going through this in a very detailed fashion and evaluating that. And if we're ready to make a decision we’ll make that on Monday. If we're not we won’t make an announcement on Monday, so that’s kind of where were at.”

The players are happy that Choate and the rest of the coaching staff are taking the time to make the best decision for the team, and they plan on fully supporting their decision.

“Something that’s noticeable about those guys, you know, whoever wins that job is going to be really supportive of the other, and that’s exactly the culture now," said senior wide-out Kevin Kassis. "It’s changed and that’s what we’re all about. We’re all about winning games and doing whatever your role to help us do that.”