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Montana State Names Prukop the Starting Quarterback

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It was a position battle that started when last season ended. Today with less than two weeks before they head to Arkansas State, Montana State named their starting quarterback.

The depth chart is out and at the top of the quarterback position is Dakota Prukop, who gets the nod after weeks of competition.

"It's a tough decision that anyone has to make,” Prukop said. “We had three outstanding players, three guys that could have gotten the job done. It's just the way the chips fell. Obviously, I'm happy with that decision, but at the same time those are two of my really good buddies so I have some remorse for them."

"I think it was just the fit with his abilities and what we want to run on offense this year,” said head coach Rob Ash. “With the quarterback run component and the up tempo stuff, it just seemed like in the final analysis that was the difference."

Prukop beat out junior quarterback Jake Bleskin and red shirt freshman Quinn McQueary.

Out of the three, Bleskin is the only quarterback who has taken a live snap when he made two starts a year ago.

"It's really easy to stay focused,” Bleskin said. “I don't have to worry about school yet. So we'll just take it day by day."

Coaches say they didn't make the final decision until Sunday night, and that the race couldn't have been any closer.

"I can't put my fingers that close together,” said offensive coordinator Tim Cramsey. “They both have their strengths, they both have their positives. The offense and the football team will be fine with any of those three in that situation. Me and coach sat down and had a longer talk that you could possibly imagine, and that goes back to last spring. It just came down to we thought Dakota Prukop gives us a better chance to win football games and win championships here."

"All three quarterbacks have approached everyday as the first string quarterback,” Prukop said. “I think that's what made this quarterback battle so good. We all three busted our butts everyday. It's just another day at practice now."

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