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Cats progress in Sonny Holland Spring Game

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Jeff Choate was looking for good competition Friday during his first Sonny Holland Spring Game as Montana State’s head football coach, and he was pleased with what he saw.

“It was a good exchange tonight,” Choate said. “What we were looking for is a good, competitive exchange from both sides, and I thought we saw that. I thought the defense did a nice job in the situational, two-minute stuff and were able to limit the offense there. We had some nice drives with our one offense in particular.”

All three of the top offensive unit’s live drives featured multiple first downs, and two resulted in scores. Quarterback Tyler Bruggman marched the first offense 70 yards in 10 plays on its second drive, with senior receiver Will Krolick catching a six-yard touchdown pass. On the next drive from the No. 1 offense, Devon Tandberg capped a 14-play drive with a 43-yard field goal.

“At times there were ups and downs,” Bruggman said, “but that’s the sign of a great team when both sides of the ball can have success.”

Choate liked what he saw from Bruggman, and said the Scottsdale Community College transfer has made significant strides during his first semester in the Bobcat program. “I think (players) have gotten more comfortable with Tyler as Tyler has gotten more comfortable with the offense,” Choate said. “He knows it better than anybody, and he should. He spends the time and preparation to be the leader of that group. I think the guys around him are recognizing that, and they’re getting more comfortable with him, as well.”

Montana State’s defense showed resilience Friday, which Choate liked. “I thought they rallied and played together,” he said. “They didn’t let a bad play snowball. I’ve seen that throughout the spring, the ‘Oh, here we go again’ mentality. They stepped up. When the offense made a play, they made a play for themselves.”

With one practice remaining – the Bobcats will stage a light practice to “polish some things up” and set the stage for summer workouts, Choate said – MSU’s head coach said he likes what his team accomplished. “You never get everything done that you want to get done. But I am pleased with where we’re at in terms of the kids’ willingness to take the coaching we’re giving them, understanding the structure and the discipline we need to have to be successful, and I think we’ve laid the foundation for kids to take ownership over this thing in the summer and really work hard to elevate their play in the fall.”

RUSHING*: Nick LaSane 10-21-0, Gunnar Brekke 2-8-0, Chad Newell 3-50-1.

PASSING: Tyler Bruggman 11-21-0, 131, 1 TD; Ben Folsom 3-5-0, 66, 0; Brady McChesney 2-5-0, 9, 0.

RECEIVING: Keon Stephens 4-6-0, Will Krolick 3-37-1, Mitchell Herbert 2-33-0, Justin Paige 2-9-0, Gunnar Brekke 1-7-0, Chad Newell 1-2-0, Cam Sutton 1-12-0, Curtis Amos Jr. 1-21-0, Nick LaSane 1-25-0.

*-QB rush stats and final low red zone period not included.


Will Krolick 6 yard pass from Tyler Bruggman (Devon Tandberg PAT)

Devon Tandberg 43 field goal

Chad Newell 13-yard run (Devon Tandberg PAT)

Devon Tandberg 38-yard FG

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