On the gridiron, Deonte Flowers is Montana State's shutdown cornerback.
A year ago, number 37 started all 12 games, he tied for third in the conference for passes defended, he had 12 pass break-ups, and he broke up at least one pass in six straight games, including three in a game against Northern Arizona.
While he says numbers don't matter as much on the football field, they do matter to Deonte in the classroom as he pursues his degree in mathematics.
"I like the idea of there's a right answer or there is a wrong answer,” said Flowers. “It's basically like a two way go. You're either right or you're either wrong. I truly do like the concept of that."
Numbers are always around Flowers, both on the football field in the classroom.
He says he takes away valuable lessons from both.
"You might not get the job done the first time around, but you have to keep coming back, keep coming back,” said Flowers. “Math is a lot of time. You can spend nights and nights on one problem trying to figure it out without coming to a conclusion until the next day when you get help from a professor. I think that's one way that football has helped with math, it's work ethic."
On the field Deonte is a huge part of the team, and his hard work off the gridiron is just as beneficial.
"It makes my job easier,” said secondary coach Brandon North. “I don't have to worry about him in the classroom, he takes care of that. He's an excellent student and he's a great person, so that makes for a really good player."
Despite his degree in math, Flowers says he has plans for something else when he is done at Montana State.
"I'm pretty set on going into pastoral ministry,” Flowers said. “That might be odd hearing that from a football player, but I'm pretty firm in my faith and that's where God has led me."