Rob Ash's eighth season as coach at Montana State commences Saturday, and there’s guarded optimism in the air rather than the full-on certainty of past years.
Arkansas State and Montana State have been on each other’s radar all summer: It’s what’s known as a “guarantee” game, meaning the MSU athletic department will reap a nice windfall (somewhere in the ballpark of $350,000) for making the trip.
BOZEMAN -- Dakota Prukop looks you in the eye when he speaks. Maybe that’s the way he’ll play quarterback: Confident, concise and without hesitation.
A juggernaut has sent a clear message to the Big Sky Conference. Eastern Washington is picking up right where it left off.
BOZEMAN -- Montana State football coach Rob Ash named redshirt freshman Luke Daly his starting kicker on Thursday.
For a split second, Shawn Johnson waits. Any less and he’ll be tackled. Any more and he’ll miss his chance. Then, a crease opens. And with a shake of the hips, a juke of the shoulders, Johnson is off to the races.
BOZEMAN, Mont. – No puff of white smoke wafted from Bobcat Stadium on Saturday, but in the hours after Montana State’s final full football scrimmage of fall camp the fire was ready for stoking.
BOZEMAN – During Montana State’s final major football scrimmage Saturday, coach Rob Ash plans to closely evaluate the normal elements – blocking and tackling, scheme and pace.
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.
Montana State quarterback Jake Bleskin and coach Rob Ash talk about the competition between Bleskin, Dakota Prukop and Quinn McQueary for the team's starting QB.
Montana State linebacker Na'a Moeakiola is back on the Bobcats' starting defense after missing last season with an injury. Moeakiola, defensive lineman Odin Coe and coach Rob Ash talk about his return.
BOZEMAN — In a 60-play first scrimmage marked by expected dominance on defense, Montana State’s offense landed its share of counter-punches.
BOZEMAN – Most interested observers will watch Montana State’s first scrimmage of the fall on Saturday for the beginning and the action points of each play. Rob Ash will be watching for the ending.
BOZEMAN – Familiarity bred contentment for Rob Ash after Montana State’s second fall practice.
BOZEMAN –- On college football’s feel-good day, Rob Ash led the parade. “I love this,” Montana State’s eighth-year head coach said enthusiastically after presiding over the first practice the 2014 season.
Football practice is underway at Montana State, so the eyes of an impassioned and hungry fan base are fixated on Aug. 30 when the Bobcats open the season at Arkansas State. Now is not the time for a dialogue about basketball.
BOZEMAN -- Eight months of preparation culminates Monday at 2:30 p.m. when Rob Ash assembles his eighth Montana State football team for the first of 23 preseason practices leading to the team’s season opener Aug. 30 at Arkansas State.
BOZEMAN -- Montana State’s Tanner Roderick has moved from quarterback back to wide receiver and will enter fall camp as the starter at the ‘Z’ receiver position.
The Billings chapter of the Bobcat Club is hosting its annual spring tour stop with Montana State coaches Tuesday night at The Red Door.