When DeNarius McGhee got hurt last season, Jake Bleskin stepped in against Colorado Mesa and Stephen F. Austin, as well as the entire 2nd Half against North Dakota. The Great Falls native learned a lot.
"Definitely helped me in the long run get my feet wet. That was good and just getting the game experience of how fast it is," said Bleskin.
"Once you step into the heat of the battle with the crowd into it gameday feeling all that type of stuff you can't coach that experience. It's something he has over the other guys and something the other guys are trying to catch up with him,"said offensive coordinator Tim Cramsey.
The CMR product is now competing with three other guys for the starting job this Spring. He's got one thing that separates him from the rest.
"Something that gets me is I prepare really hard because I'm not the most mobile quarterback I'm not going to sit here and tell you I am," said Bleskin.
"Where he's going with the ball how to read defenses how to adjust to defenses that type of stuff he's done really good at that it comes easy to him. As I've been open about smartest quarter back I"ve ever coached comes easy to him in that sense and I agree that's what separates him from the other quarterback," said Cramsey.
Being McGhee's backup was good for Bleskin for a few reasons.
"Seeing what he's thinking on this coverage and in the games I always talk about it I helped him out he helped me out when he was hurt and I think just being around him he was such a good leader that it really helped a lot," said Bleskin.