Bobcats battle through learning curve

BOZEMAN — The learning curve is always greater in fall camp for newcomers than for veterans, and Rob Ash said after Monday’s practice that a conversation with wide receiver Tanner Roderick put the issue in perspective.

“Tanner had an interesting comment,” Ash said. “I told him he had a good day (Monday), and he said, ‘Yeah, because I knew my assignments.’ When you don’t have to learn your assignments you can just go out and play, and that makes a big difference.”

Ash saw what he called “typical sloppiness” on the first rigorous day of fall camp. “The ball was on the ground a little,” he said. “We tried snapping the ball on difference counts and that messes everybody up. But I thought in general things went well. We snapped the ball well, we got lined up right. We have a three-deep right now, we’re able to go through three sets of players and I hope we can keep that going for a while.”

The Bobcat program received bad news Monday, when receiver Kurt Davis was ruled out for the season after a knee injury suffered Sunday. Davis was doing individual work after fall camp’s first practice when he suffered the injury.

“It’s bad for the team, but I really feel terrible for Kurt,” Ash said. “He redshirted last year to get ready for this season, and for this to happen is a very tough break.”

Davis has one season of eligibility remaining after 2013.

— MSU Sports Information