Wednesday, September 1, 2004

Bolton moves to tackle for MSU

Former WRHS lineman

The Montana State University football team is counting on 6-4, 325-pound lineman Jeff Bolton to fill a pressing need when the 12-game Bobcat season debuts Sept. 11 at home in Bozeman against Adams State.

Bolton, a junior wearing #64 and an All-Conference performer last fall, has moved from starting right guard to starting right tackle. Bolton will replace right tackle Joe Hirst, who?ll miss the season with a knee injury.

MSU head coach Mike Kramer said the move was driven by Bolton?s ability. ?He is really a great, great player,? he said about the Wood River High School graduate from Hailey.

The switch should?t be difficult for Bolton, who also played baseball and basketball for Wood River. Kramer said, ?Jeff won?t have any big problems. He?s big, he?s long-armed, he?s tough and he has great balance. He has good lateral ability.?

The Bobcats staged their first fall scrimmage Saturday to end the first full week of practices. They visit Pocatello to play Idaho State University Oct. 2, and will travel to Montana for the season finale Nov. 20.

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