BOZEMAN — It was right around game time when fans learned redshirt sophomore Tucker Rovig was named Montana State's starting quarterback against Norfolk State.
It was a decision head coach Jeff Choate discussed with both Rovig and Casey Bauman, who started the first three games of the season, prior to his decision. But when Rovig was named the starter, the first person to congratulate him was his good friend, Bauman. Rovig did the exact same thing when Bauman was named the starting quarterback during fall camp.
It's how each of them have handled the changes all season that stands as a testament to their friendship and dedication to the team. Their fellow players admire how both have put the team first in every decision, which in turns helps build the culture they want to establish in the program.
"When I look at some of my best friends on the team, I’m thinking Casey Bauman and I’m thinking Lance McCutcheon, those are some of the guys I’m closest with," Rovig said. "And when Casey was announced starter I told him I’m proud of him and I’ll be there for him if he needs anything. He did the same exact thing for me.”
“I think it stood out to me about how each of those guys have both handled each situation," said senior wide receiver Kevin Kassis. "Super mature and they both wants what’s best for the team. I think both of them have been super supportive of another and that kind of shows the character and culture that we’ve established.”