BOZEMAN — Rob Ash wasn’t in the mood for a postmortem on this snowy Saturday night. But he did offer a glaringly obvious observation following Montana State’s 47-40 first-round playoff loss to South Dakota State.
Montana football coach Mick Delaney announced Sunday that he will retire at the end of this season — whether that time comes this week or further down the line.
BOZEMAN — Jake Bleskin said he knew last Sunday that he’d be starting at quarterback for Montana State in its Big Sky Conference showdown with Idaho State.
What a scenario.
With his we're-not-talking-about-the-past stance firmly in place, Montana State coach Rob Ash set the tone for this week by dissecting the big challenge his team faces against resurgent Idaho State.
MISSOULA — There's still a good chance Montana will make the playoffs with wins the next two Saturdays.
BOZEMAN — It was a preemptive strike by Rob Ash to try to steer the narrative for the week ahead and the impending showdown between Montana State and Idaho State.
Montana State was unrelenting on offense again last week against UC Davis, rolling up a school-record for yards and scoring more points than ever before against a Division I opponent.
Dakota Prukop is a quick study. His 68-percent completion rate through six games is fifth-best in the FCS and ranks second among all quarterbacks with 100 or more passing attempts.
Montana’s Travon Van won’t compromise about where he’s best suited on a football field. The coaches at Marshall, Van's former school, surely couldn't get him to change his mind.
Montana State was assailed for buying its way out of a schedule game with FCS steamroller and reigning national champion North Dakota State prior to the 2013 season. The Bobcats were running scared, the cynics cried.
NOTE: This is the ninth (and final) installment of a summer-long series projecting the Top 10 players at each position for the 2014 Big Sky Conference football season.
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.
NOTE: This is the ninth (and final) installment of our weekly series projecting the Top 10 players at each position for the 2013 Big Sky Conference football season.