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BOZEMAN -  Montana State football is back. Back on the gridiron competing in spring drills.

"I'm feeling great," said Cats junior quarterback Dakota Prukop. "The first practice out was about getting back into it. Today the weather helped a little. It's easy to get warmed up in 60 degree weather. It felt great."  

For quarterback Dakota Prukop this spring couldn't come soon enough.  The junior QB has a handful of weapons to play with on offense including Justin Paige, Jayshawn Gates, and even transfer tight end, Beau Sandland to go along with a veteran o-line.

"This is an amazing year on offense for us," said Cats head coach Rob Ash." After two practices we probably have four times as many plays as what we normally would, maybe even more than that. We were able to really pick up where we left off that year. Virtually everyone is back."  

"We have a lot of speed at the receiver position, but that doesn't matter unless you have an offensive line," said Prukop. "I've got a stellar group of guys. They have a new coach who is doing a great job."  

And that new coach is Jason Eck.  Eck takes over coaching a offensive line that returns five players with starting experience.  Including first team All Conference selection JP Flynn.

"I got here a week ago Monday, so I've been here less than two weeks and have to jump right into it," said Cats new offensive line coach Jason Eck. "I'm getting to know the guys, getting to know the players and getting a feel for them both as people and as players. It's been fun to get out here and get to work with them."  

The Cats will wear full pads for the first time on Saturday.  It will be the first test for players competing for open spots.  

"We have to evaluate those guys to get an early idea of who is going to play," said Ash. "That's what Spring ball is all about. People think it's about trying to get a game plan ready for next season. It's really more about ourselves."

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