Notebook: parallels between Tommy Mellott, new Montana State QB Sean Chambers | national

In 2018, the Wyoming soccer team recruited a three-star rookie who was 247Sports’ 43rd-ranked double-threat quarterback, six places ahead of North Dakota state signing Trey Lance.

Sean Chambers supported Tyson Vander Waal, who is now at Idaho State, for Wyoming’s first eight games of the 2018 season and was elevated to starting in the ninth. Chambers ran for 100 yards in three straight games but suffered a fractured right fibula early in the fourth.

This season foreshadowed the next three brutal years for Chambers. More injuries and some ineffectiveness drove Chambers to the transfer portal last month. On Monday, the redshirt sophomore from Kerman, Calif., Decided to move from the Football Bowl subdivision to the Football Championship subdivision by committing to the state of Montana, where he will compete for a starting position with a similar QB.

The Bobcats hope the parallels between Chambers and Tommy Mellott end in the double-threat electricity. Like Chambers, Mellott (the 97th-ranked double-threat QB in 2020) became the starting QB at the end of his first season and had his biggest impact on the field, rushing for 411 combined yards in three playoff games. FCS to lead MSU to the national championship. championship match. Like Chambers, Mellott’s last start of his first season ended early due to injury.

The extent of Mellott’s right ankle injury is uncertain, but seeing the Butte freshman limp on the sidelines after the first practice in Saturday’s 38-10 FCS Championship loss to NDSU illustrated the harsh reality surrounding the execution of QBs. The more cuts and punches you make, the more likely you are to injure yourself.

Chambers missed the last five games of the 2019 season with a knee injury from a hit he received from a touchdown. The back-to-back season-ending injuries eclipsed his encouraging numbers: 896 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns in 149 carries; 1,181 passing yards, 10 touchdowns, 3 INTs with a 43.8% completion rate in his first two seasons with his Mountain West team.

In Wyoming’s 2020 season opener, Chambers was tackled for a loss in the third scrum game and did not return the rest of the fall. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder broke his left fibula on this play, one stroke.

Brent Vigen saw Chambers’ three injuries in person and worked closely with him as the Wyoming offensive coordinator. Now MSU’s head coach, Vigen is giving his former QB – who inflicted a 19-16 season-opener against MSU – the opportunity to spend his last two years of eligibility at Bozeman.

Mellott earned superstar status for his playoff performances. ‘Touchdown Tommy’ gives Vigen and offensive coordinator Taylor Housewright the quarterback running threat they covet, as does new gray jersey Jordan Reed and freshman Sean Austin, who donned a red shirt this season. Mellott’s FCS title replacement Tucker Rovig graduates. 2019 season opener Casey Bauman is currently on MSU’s roster and heading into his junior red shirt season.

For Chambers to start an opener for the fourth consecutive season, he will need to convince MSU coaches that he is a better option than his younger teammates. Even if he does, it remains to be seen whether he can stay healthy and productive.

Chambers rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns on 72 carries in 2021, and he completed just over 50% of his passes for 1,125 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions. He lost his starting job after seven games, a disappointing end to a cowboy career that started with a lot of promise.

The Bobcats finish n ° 2 in the final standings

MSU finished No.2 behind NDSU in the final Stats Perform FCS Top 25 ranking for the season, released on Monday.

This is the best end-of-season ranking for the Bobcats since they finished No. 2 in the I-AA Division in 1984. This poll was released ahead of the playoffs and MSU beat Louisiana Tech 19-6 for his third and most recent national title.

The Bobcats have finished their previous two seasons in the top four of the Stats Perform standings. They were No.4 in 2019 after losing to NDSU 42-14 in the semifinals.

MSU started the season at No.12, eight places behind NDSU. The Bobcats were fourth among the Big Sky teams in the Stats Perform preseason standings behind No.6 Weber State, No.9 Montana and No.11 Eastern Washington.

UM finished No.6 in the Top 25 in this season’s final stats. No.7 EWU, No.10 Sacramento State and No.17 UC Davis were the other Big Sky teams in the standings.

The top of the poll was mostly lined up in order of arrival in the playoffs. Semifinalists James Madison and South Dakota State were No.3 and No.4, respectively.

Defensive coordinator Banks says goodbye

Colorado state has not officially announced the hiring of MSU defensive coordinator Freddie Banks, but he expressed appreciation for his former team on Twitter on Sunday.

“Bozeman is a place that will always be special to us !!! Sorry, we couldn’t complete the job !!! ” Banks wrote. “Thank you seniors and a special group, thank you Bobcat Nation, thank you @bvigen.”

Last month, sources confirmed and several other outlets Banks would be leaving MSU after a season for the same job at CSU. Bobcats assistant defensive line coach Adam Pilapil will join Banks on the Mountain West program in Fort Collins, Colo., Sources say.

Banks, who has also coached MSU’s defensive backs, received a supportive tweet from MSU starting security Jeffrey Manning Jr. on Sunday.

“I wanted to take the time to recognize not only my coach, but also a mentor,” Manning wrote. “It’s hard to put into words what you wanted to say for me as a coach, but the truth knows! There is no one else with whom I would have liked to take this walk.