BOZEMAN — In a spring laced with uncertainty, Rob Ash is fairly certain that not much will be decided in Montana State’s final football scrimmage before summer break.
The annual Sonny Holland Scrimmage kicks off at 10:30 a.m. in Bobcat Stadium Saturday, and Ash is most looking forward to evaluating his team in full-contact situations. “We haven’t had a chance to tackle very much this spring and we won’t tackle very much on Saturday,” Ash said, “but those 40 or 50 plays we run are going to be really important to see how we finish plays. That’s always important, to get a few live reps to on film for the off-season.”
The most visible position battle of the spring will spill into fall camp regardless of what happens Saturday, Ash said. “(The scrimmage) probably won’t mean a lot for the quarterbacks one way or the other. Whatever happens I think it will be a three-way or four-way battle going into August. Somebody could hurt their chances, I don’t think anybody will win the job.”
Nothing has been decided up front on offense, either. “The offensive line battle is going to carry into the summer because both Joel Horn and Alex Eekhoff have done an excellent job. They’ve really both raised their level and battled hard. Quinn has shown that he can play either position, so we really have six guys for five spots. I like that, so we’re going to keep that rolling.”
Saturday’s action will include competition between Trevor Bolton and Luke Daly. Ash hopes Saturday’s proceedings gives some clarity to that situation. “The field segment is also important,” Ash said. “We’ve not settled on (a kicker). It’s been average at best, and I’ve told the kickers that they need to have a good showing on Saturday. It will be an opportunity with the crowd and something on the line to see if those guys step up.”
MSU’s spring finale will feature the announcement of the program’s winter and spring award winners, as well as the introduction of the 2014 Bobcat team captains.
— MSU Sports Information