Bobcat players and coaches are spending time with future Bobcats this week, for the Junior Youth Development Camp. Some kids are driving nine hours to learn the game, and a big reason they're here, is MSU's on field success.
"I think the success of this camp goes hand in hand with the success we've had on the football field. Been doing this camp for seven years and seven years ago we had about 50 kids and right now we probly have 250 kids," said camp director and offensive line coach Jason McEndoo.
"I think it's very good for our program here at Montana State that you see the kids look up to us Bobcat football players it means so much to us we don't want to let them down on the field or off the field," said camp coach and captain Na'a Moeakiola.
Star players like captain Na'a Moeakiola are teaching the little guys, and that goes a long way.
"They create instant fans when they're coaching the kids they're right there with them so when those kids come back to bobcat stadium watch a game they wait here at the gate for two hours," said McEndoo.
"I just love being part of their lives having a great impact just letting them know it's not all about football just to come out here and show love and be there for them," said Moeakiola.
Montana State and Carroll are the only two colleges in the state of Montana to offer a football camp to kids in the 5th thru 8th grades and right now it's just learning the basics.
"Our main focus of this camp is to teach kids fundamentals. If you can teach kids fundamentals then by the time they get to high school they're on a good foot going into high school," said McEndoo.