Posted: Aug 1, 2013 9:00 PM by MTN Sports
BOZEMAN - The Montana State Bobcats open preseason camp Sunday in Bozeman with a few more questions than answers.
The Bobcat defense face uncertainty at linebacker, where projected starters Na'a Moeakiola and Aleksei Grosulak suffered injuries in the spring. On offense, the skill positions feature an abundance of experience, led by Preseason Payton Trophy candidate DeNarius McGhee, but the line features just two full-time returning starters and the tight end position battled injury last year.
Still, Ash views those situations as opportunities. "We have a considerable number of players with experience, whether or not they've started games," Ash said. "Those guys have been working hard and waiting for their chance, and watching them compete is a fun part of coaching."
On balance the Bobcats return a veteran squad in 2013. Seven full-time starters return on offense, but three others who started at least once are also back. On defense, five full-time starters return but at least one player at every position has seen considerable action.
Another strong characteristic of MSU's 2013 squad is a homegrown flavor. Eight of the team's 22 projected starters come from Montana, and 17 of the 44 on the two-deep are Treasure State products.
Ash indicated that MSU's Sunday afternoon practice, in helmets only, will be light and last barely more than an hour. "Everyone's excited and ready," Ash said. "We just want to get started."