For Montana State the football season is finally under way.
The Cats returned to the football field and are four practices into fall camp, where speed and tempo has been a top priority.
"Everybody is coming to work,” said senior running back Shawn Johnson. “It's a lot of competition, but everybody is competing at a good level. I feel like everybody is getting better each and every day. I feel like it's great right now."
"It's good to be back because I can get a little more sleep now,” said sophomore quarterback Dakota Prukop. “We've been counting down the days for two months now. I'm excited to be out here."
The Cats haven't skipped a beat when it comes to the speed and endurance part of the game.
During the off season the team used a new conditioning regimen for training.
"Instead of conditioning twice a week at 20 minutes at a time, we conditioned them every single work out all summer and for much more longer periods of time, so they would be ready to go through a two hour practice and hopefully a three hour game,” said Head Coach Rob Ash. “So it was a conscious choice, and I'm really glad the way it worked out for us."
The first week of camp did have it's share of injuries.
Early on receiver David Dash suffered a season and career ending knee injury.
On Friday the team announced that starting left guard Kyle Godecke would be sidelined indefinitely with an ankle injury.
With Godecke's absence, Joel Horn will start at center and junior Alex Eekhoff at right tackle.
"We all know each other,” Eekhoff said. ‘We all know what we're thinking. So it's really easy for us to mesh, play together, and play well."
"The best thing I like about this group is their work ethic and just the unit chemistry we have,” said Coach McEndoo. “They get along, they do a lot of things together away from the field. Really, when you start playing for the guy next to you, then a lot of good things can happen."
The Bobcats have multiple position battles going on for both sides of the ball, including the quarterback spot.
Those competitions will get a chance to sort themselves out Saturday morning when the team holds their first camp scrimmage.