With just more than two weeks until their first game at Arkansas State, the Montana State Bobcats wide receiving corps is just now shaping up.
Coming into this year, the bobcat receiving corps will have a new look.
The team moves on without its top receivers from last year, John Ellis and Tanner Bleskin.
"Guys have come out and are playing with great effort,” said receivers coach Cody Kempt. “They're coming out and playing with a chip on their shoulder and with something to prove. If we just continue to focus on ourselves and worry about us and what we do, then we'll go out there and make a drastic impact on the outcome of a lot of games this fall."
Between Ellis, Bleskin, and running back Cody Kirk, the three accounted for more than 60 percent of the team's receiving yards a year.
With that trio gone, new names will need to step up.
"We have learned a lot from those older guys,” said senior receiver Brian Flotkoetter. “This is my fifth year. I've played for a while and I'm just trying to bring up these young kids and get them going. I'm just trying to get going with the quarterbacks as much as I can to to get rolling along and build a good relationship with the offense and just get the flow going."
"We know we need to take on that role of leadership,” said sophomore receiver Mitch Griebel.” We needed guys to step in the room. It's an honor to be able to step up and lead your peers. I think we're handling it well."
So far in camp, some of the young receivers have shown glimpses of a bright future.
Just last weekend freshman Justin Paige caught two long balls, one for a touchdown.
Something first year receivers coach Cody Kempt likes to see.
"We're playing with relentless, savage effort out there on the perimeter,” said Coach Kempt. “We want to be the most physical and toughest wide receiving corps in the country. We're going to play with phenomenal effort, and we're going to play with a great attitude. We're not going to allow anybody to out-physical us on the perimeter. Every single day we're coming out and we have to win our one-on-one match ups on the perimeter."