It's not always how you draw it up. Second year starter Cole Moore played quarterback in high school, but now plays linebacker for Montana State, and the transition took some time.
"Being in high school I wanted to play quarterback, but it just didn't work out for me playing quarterback in college. I kind of took a chance and played defense at Montana State. It was definitely hard at first but I've had some great people here helping me out beginning with Coach Ioane," said Cole Moore.
"His football IQ has grown tremendously when he first stepped on campus as a young freshman not having played a lot of defense his knowledge of our game has gotten better and better," said Montana State linebackers coach Kane Ioane.
Moore's teammate and coach are looking for two things out of him this year, and they both start with the letter P.
"With Cole you're never expecting anything but perfection. It's great always perfect every play alignment assignment making tackles getting to the ball everything," said junior linebacker Alex Singleton.
"He's the most consistent guy assignment and alignment wise he had a great year last year but I'm looking forward for him to be a playmaker on defense this year," said Ioane.
Now even though Cole devotes a lot of time to his linebacker position, he has another hobby, and he's really good on the links.
"One of the most avid golfers on our team, he's got a tremendous passion for the golf game and it's funny to me because if you look at Cole you wouldn't think he's a golfer, but he's one of the better golfers and he loves it he's on the links all summer long," said Ioane.
"When I go home on vacation we're playing golf three or four times a week always going to the driving range trying to perfect my craft so it's similar to football," said Moore.