Day one of fall camp in the books for the Montana State Bobcats. The team took the field for a two and half hour, fast paced, high intensity practice. Their first of the 2016 football season.
The first day of fall camp featured plenty of the usual ups and downs that can be expected when players and coaches unite for the first time since the spring. But the Cats showed plenty of energy and focus on day one. One thing that stood out according to first year head coach Jeff Choate is the progress the team made over the summer months.
"These kids put a lot of work in over the summer. The progress that's been made from practice one in the spring to practice one in fall camp is dramatic and impressive. So I tip my hat to the work these kids put in," Choate said.
Choate isn't alone in that sentiment, as nearly all of the players who remained on campus over the summer say the team made great strides during player-run practices.
"We put the work in through spring ball through the summer. We've been in our playbooks, we've been on the field as a team, and we're dialed in," said running back Chad Newell. "We know what we're doing. The install's already there basically for us guys that were here over the summer and we're just ready to roll."
That extra time together in the summer paid off for two position groups as well. For the offensive line, which will feature four new starters, it allowed them the chance to bond and gel as a unit. And for the receivers, it gave them a chance to get to work on timing with their new quarterbacks.
"We did a great job over the summer bonding as a unit, really building some chemistry up front. It's safe to say that any one of us would take a bullet for one another, and that's what it's about as an offensive line. You got to be able to lay it down for the guy next to you," said offensive lineman J.P. Flynn.
Wide receiver Mitchell Herbert added, "we had a great summer as a receiver group. We spent a lot of time with the quarterbacks, getting our timing down. Coach Miller's done a great job so far, he's got all the experience in the world and we have a lot of trust in him as well."
The Cats will be back out on the practice field Sunday morning.