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Bobcat Football Recruit Dominates on Manhattan Basketball Court

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Manhattan center Austin Oldenburger committed to play offensive line for Montana State. But the senior loves playing basketball.

"Basketball just kind of helps me get in shape every year for football. It's been a sport that I actually love. One of my favorite sports I've played it since I was little. It just got me ready for football every time," says Oldenburger.

"As a basketball player I would say he's gritty. He's gritty he's very resilient. He's got the tangibles he's got the footwork. You don't see a lot of guys with his size and his kind of footwork," said Manhattan head coach Michael Leach.

"His presence is just big like if you look at the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kendrick Perkins. He's just the biggest dude," said teammate Zach VanDyke.


Oldenburger lost 20 pounds to get into basketball shape. But he says it's not hard.

"I do about every basketball season. It's a lot easier to move on the court when you're a little lighter," said Oldenburger.

"He definitely has to work out more. But I don't think he eats much different. He eats pretty much the same," said VanDyke.

The future bobcat has one interesting quality.

"He has the funniest laugh I've ever heard. It's really high pitched. You wouldn't expect it from such a big guy," said VanDyke.

"Very high pitched you wouldn't expect it from me. I don't know how I can do it an example right now I don't get it," said Oldenburger.


Oldenburger is so well respected that he has his coach saying this:

"I"am a Griz grad. I"m a bobcat guy now. I'll be bleeding some blue and gold," said Leach.

When he gets to Bozeman, the center on the court and possible on the grid iron has a clear goal.

"Work my butt off and get a position hopefully the next couple of years," said Oldenburger.

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