BOZEMAN --The Montana State football team is coming into this season with the same big question as last year: Who will start at quarterback?
The two front-runners are Tucker Rovig and Casey Bauman, who have received the split of the first-team work in fall practices so far. Rovig, a redshirt sophomore, has more playing experience, appearing in five games last season and throwing for 584 yards and four touchdowns. Bauman, who stands 6-foot-7 and redshirted last year, did get a few in-game snaps against Cal Poly in 2018, only throwing one pass, which he completed for four yards.
Regardless of the disparity in playing time, head coach Jeff Choate says this competition is very close. His timeline is to name a starter next week after he and his staff evaluate how each perform in Saturday's scrimmage. But Rovig and Bauman are humble through the competition.
"We've just gotten closer and closer, and regardless of what's been going on, we've still continued to support each other. And if I see something that he doesn't see, we'll talk about it. If he sees something that I don't see, we'll talk about it," said Bauman. "He'll tell you the same thing: we have a great relationship and it's really a friendly battle."
The Bobcats hold their scrimmage Saturday afternoon, but it is closed to the public.