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Cats Wrap Up Season, Look Forward to 2015

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For the first time in 15 weeks, the Montana State Bobcat football team did not practice Tuesday afternoon.

The team wrapped up its season last weekend with a first round exit of the FCS playoffs.

Despite having the season come to a close they say it was a success.

"We came out of the blocks firing,” said Head Coach Rob Ash. “We had a great start to the season. We were in contention in the league all year long. It was a disappointing game to end the regular season, but we had a very gutsy performance in the playoffs. So I was happy with the way they performed."

The team had a historic year on the offensive side of the ball, breaking scoring and yardage records, while also setting individual records especially with sophomore quarterback Dakota Prukop.

"He was a pleasant surprise,” Coach Ash said. “We knew he was a great player, but you never know about the quarterback until you take the red jersey off in practice and put him out there on a field in real games. That's what we had to find out about him. Obviously, he exceeded our expectations and he did a fantastic job."

On the defensive side of the ball is where the team had its issues.

Led by a core of seniors like Alex Singleton and Deonte Flowers, the d gave an average of 32 points per contest.

It will be a point of emphasis during the off season to clean that up.

"This is not going to be a quick solution,” said Coach Ash. “It will be a long 6 month process of redrafting, getting people in, and developing the guys in our program now, a lot of whom are very young and are hopefully guys who can play defense on this football team."

The Cats finished the season at 8-5.

They accomplished many of the goals they wanted to, overall a successful season.

"I wish we could have won one more game somewhere along the line and tied for the championship in the Big Sky Conference,” Ash said. “That would have given us a possible different draw in the playoffs. Getting to 8 wins and into the playoffs were our goals, so I'm happy with that."

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