Ties with Teammates Lead Oregon State to Transfer Jeffrey Manning Jr. to Montana State | Bobcats MSU



BOZEMAN – Already ready to transfer but with the season still going, Jeffrey Manning Jr. has ignited a Montana state football game featuring one of his longtime friends. Manning was intrigued by what he saw.

Manning had played for Oregon State until 2019, but he felt it was time for him to retire. He went to college with MSU defensive back Tyrel Thomas, and being a free safety Manning dreamed of playing alongside him.

Growing up in Los Angeles, Manning’s first offer to play in college was from MSU during the tenure of former head coach Jeff Choate. Once he decided to leave OSU, Manning vividly remembered calling Thomas, who encouraged him to join the Bobcats. With three securities graduates, the addition of Manning would be welcome.

“I felt like the place spoke for itself,” Manning said. “This decision was not really difficult.”

With Thomas, when he recovers from knee surgery and returns to the field, Manning thinks they can “do something special” at MSU (1-1). So far, Manning has impressed in his first two games since his transfer almost two years ago. The junior will be an integral part of the 13th-seeded Bobcats when they host San Diego (0-2) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bobcat Stadium.

Aside from his relationship with Thomas, Manning knew about the safety of his colleagues and the transfer of FBS Tre Webb from their youth football days. Manning said the team’s camaraderie was a highlight in becoming a Bobcat.

“It makes it much easier for me to do my job knowing that the other person next to you is going to do their job as well,” Manning said. “It’s something that comes to my mind, not only in games, but also in daily training.”

Montana State Security Jeffrey Manning Jr. attempts to intercept a pass intended for wide receiver Willie Patterson during the Sonny Holland Classic on April 24 at Bobcat Stadium.

After his transfer, Manning waited a long time before returning to the field. During the coronavirus pandemic, he felt like he was constantly working out, all in preparation for his Bobcats debut, whenever that day came.

Adjusting to new MSU head coach Brent Vigen and defensive coordinator Freddie Banks was not difficult, Manning said. He had previously made coaching transitions at OSU.

In fact, Manning said he believed in Banks right away. He knew a player in Nevada, where Banks previously coached cornerbacks.

“It allowed me to really lock myself in and focus on what I came here for,” Manning said of his confidence in Banks, “which is winning football games.” .

Being from Southern California, Manning has met countless people at football camps and other activities. For example, Manning and Webb had known each other from childhood.

“(Football is) at the end of the day, just to make connections,” Manning said. “It makes it special because it’s not an individual sport. You need all 11 to complete a particular task. The fraternal aspect is probably my favorite aspect of the sport.

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Montana State Security Jeffrey Manning Jr. performs drills in the rain during fall camp August 18 at Bobcat Stadium.

Manning said he and Thomas easily adapt to each other’s personalities. Although they haven’t performed together in college yet, Manning expects their performance together in high school to be “fireworks.”

While they haven’t seen each other since high school, Manning’s presence made it easier for Webb to choose to leave San Jose state this summer.

“He’s my brother, man,” Webb said. “We play so well with each other. Our chemistry is unlike any I’ve played with honestly, and we haven’t even played together in so long that we haven’t even seen the best of each other and we can certainly pull the plug. best of the other. We challenge each other every day. “

Manning needed little time to distance himself from the Bobcats. About three minutes into their season in Wyoming, he read the quarterback and intercepted a pass, nearly sending her back for a touchdown. One game later, the Bobcats scored and took an early advantage.

Manning wished he had made his choice until the end zone. But most of all, he was disappointed that the Bobcats didn’t get a win. He believed MSU’s high school was playing well, but it wasn’t enough.

Still, he impressed MSU coaches with the short time he played. Vigen praised him for tackling well, as he has racked up six tackles so far.

“Jeff has a huge reach,” Vigen said. “You need free security to be able to cover a lot of ground. “

MSU Fall Football Camp

Montana State defensive backs Jeffrey Manning (5) and Kendric Bailey perform drills during fall camp Aug. 18 at Bobcat Stadium in Bozeman.

Manning often wonders what led him to Bozeman. One of his first days in Montana it was below 10 degrees with snow all over the place. He didn’t want to do anything.

But Manning remained dedicated. Thanks in part to his bond with his teammates, his passion for the sport has remained. The Bobcats like defensive end Amandre Williams have noticed.

“It fits perfectly. A hell of a player, a hell of an athlete. Just a smart guy, ”Williams said. “He’s a guy you can count on.


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