I thought I’d spend a few minutes talking about what has been going on in MSU land so far this spring.

First, the big news out of Bozeman is the fact that the Board of Regents approved a plan that would allow MSU to purchase an artificial playing surface.  While the specific surface has not yet been selected, the construction will begin after spring drills sometime and is scheduled to be completed by August 1st, making it available for the upcoming season.  This was most likely pushed for after a muddy last season, including a mudbowl that was the Souther Utah game.  The Cats have also had to cancel about half their practices so far because of weather and no dry playing surface, so this will also be beneficial for spring ball.

The first scrimmage has been completed as of 4/13, and the Cats played fairly well considering the limited number of practices they have been able to hold.  Of course the biggest question in the Bobcat camp is who is going to emerge as the starting QB after the departure of senior QB Jack Rolovich?  The candidates:  Jordan Rasmussen (6’4 226), a redshirt sophomore who is the last remaining Kramer prototype QB recruit;  Mark Iddins (6’2 198), a mobile, highly regarded JC transfer with 2 years left to play; or Mark Desin (5’11 192), who simply broke the Montana high school passing record, throwing over 9,000 yards in his high school career, who is the most mobile of the three, as he is pretty much guaranteed a spot at WR (where he played last year) if he doesn’t win the job.  You would think with Desin’s size that he wouldn’t have a chance, but he played well in the first scrimmage, as he went 10-16 for 93 yards and one score, with a few nice scrambles (which they don’t record).

Stats from the first scrimmage:

RUSHING: Aaron Mason 8-33, Blayde Becksted 11-21, Anthony Tillemans 8-12.
PASSING: Jordan Rasmussen 13-8-0, 80, 0; Mark Desin 16-10-0, 93, 1 TD; Mark Iddins 10-8-0, 52, 1; Willie Sullivan 3-1-1, 2, 0.
RECEIVING: Tyler Bolton 5-53-1, Derek Green 3-18-0, Brandon Bostick 3-33-0, Joe Schreibeis 3-28-0, DeAndre Green 3-22-1, Shane Robison 3-27-0, Blayde Becksted 2-2-0, Anthony Tillemans 2-3-0, Deon Toliver 1-6-0, Derek Erickson 1-5-0, Aaron Mason 1-3-0, Mecklen Davis 1-5-0.

Star RB Demetrius Crawford sat out with a minor injury, as did first-team all-american LB Bobby Daly.  If the name Mecklen Davis sounds familiar to you, he was a starter for the Cat B-Ball team 2 years ago, and was a solid bench player last year as well.