BOZEMAN — The rehab is over, the pain is gone, and the only things left are a wide smile and a renewed hunger for Montana State linebacker Na’a Moeakiola.
BOZEMAN – Familiarity bred contentment for Rob Ash after Montana State’s second fall practice.
NOTE: This is the third installment of a summer-long series projecting the Top 10 players at each position for the 2014 Big Sky Conference football season.
BOZEMAN -- Montana State linebacker Alex Singleton was named to the College Football Performance Award’s preseason watch list as one of the top players in the nation at his position.
The Bobcats started the year ranked No. 2 in the nation and on a mission to live up to high expectations, make a deep playoff run and contend for a national title. And those were legit goals for a team that had won 30 games and made three playoff appearances the previous three seasons.
BOZEMAN — The Montana Grizzlies never wavered in the face of the turmoil, hardship and difficulty they experienced on and off the field in 2012.
BOZEMAN -- DeNarius McGhee took the blame.
The Bobcats have experienced a huge surge on the turnover ledger this season. At plus-10 entering this week’s game vs. UC Davis, MSU is at its highest point in that important statistic during Rob Ash’s seven-year tenure as coach.
It's been a season of numbers-crunching here on the blog. More, it seems, than in previous years. So let's keep it going, and take a look at the production of the Bobcats' pass defense.
Saying goodbye to Jody Owens wasn't easy for Montana State. The graduation of Owens meant the Bobcats had to find a way to fill the void left by the reigning Big Sky Conference defensive player of the year and one of the key players that helped lift them to another level of success since the…
In a game where DeNarius McGhee struggled, Montana State had just about everything else working. The Bobcats rushed for 276 yards – with most of that damage coming in the first half – and the defense shut down Northern Arizona’s offense in a dominant 36-7 MSU win.
It’s not enough to worry about star running back Zach Bauman. Northern Arizona proved last week they have a legit quarterback to boot.
It’s too early to crown Griz quarterback Jordan Johnson the most valuable player in the Big Sky Conference (see: Eastern Washington QB Vernon Adams). But Johnson’s importance to Montana is clear-cut.
BOZEMAN — It was the right play call at the right time. And it was the perfect way to introduce Jake Bleskin to Montana State's offense.
A quick recap following Montana State's 26-0 victory over Colorado Mesa:
DALLAS — Save for one drive, Montana State’s defense played well enough to join the ranks of FCS teams to topple FBS foes in the first two weeks of the season.
We already know who the major players are at Montana State. Quarterback DeNarius McGhee, running back Cody Kirk, wideout Tanner Bleskin, defensive end Brad Daly, safety Steven Bethley, etc. … These guys are big keys to MSU’s success, and that’s obvious.
Montana State has spent a staggering 29 consecutive weeks ranked in the Top 10 of the FCS poll. With 30 victories combined in the past three seasons, the Bobcats have built a juggernaut.
NOTE: This is the third installment of our weekly series projecting the Top 10 players at each position for the 2013 Big Sky Conference football season.
Montana State's 11 victories last year were its most single-season wins in a generation. In fact, the Bobcats are fresh off a three-year run where they went 30-8 overall and 21-3 in the Big Sky Conference. The latter record is tops in the league in that span.