Summer Additions Bolster Bobcats – Montana State University Athletics
Bobcat Head Coach Brent Vigen said early returns are positive for all four (Nebraska defensive end David Alston, wide receiver Cam Gardner of Utah, defensive tackle Blake Hehl of Tarleton State and safety back Tre Webb of San Jose State). “Each of the four will add to our depth and competition throughout the fall, and they will definitely be on the playing field,” said Vigen.
In particular, the two new skill level players took advantage of the contact limits in the first two practices. Gardner shone with his speed and good hands, Webb with his common sense and high school leadership.
Gardner, a sophomore, played in all five of Utah’s games in 2020, including two on offense. He played in seven games in 2019.
His presence since the spring has been positive, said Vigen. “Cam was really with us all the time, so I think he was able to fit into the team. He really showed the whole package, good speed, good hands, and we were able to play him all three. (receiving) positions. It is versatile. ”
Vigen said Webb not only brings experience as a three-year starter to San Jose State, but as an All-Mountain West Honorable Mention performer on the 2020 Mountain West title squad. from SJSU, he has walked the path of a bottom-up program. “Tre has so much experience on the playing field that I don’t think it’s a huge transition for him,” said Vigen.
As the Bobcats shift to a basic defense using a fifth-back, Webb’s presence bolsters the team’s versatility. With a defensive backfield that includes versatile turners Ty okada (safety and nickel) and Tyrel thomas (a corner which is likely to start at the nickel position) Vigen said Webb would likely help with solid security.
“He played with solid security so I think that would be (his position), but the beauty for us is the experienced guys, Tyrel and Ty, who have a lot of positional flexibility,” said Vigen. “This allows Coach (Freddie) Banks and Coach (Kyle) Risinger to look at (different ways of using) this group. We want to have eight depths, but we can play the top five. Those five fit the best. positions, but it’s not the top five. ‘ I think we have the ability to do that, thanks in part to Ty and Tyrel. ”
Webb and Oregon State Transfer Jeffrey Manning join Okada to form an experienced, athletic and dynamic safety group.