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Bobcats Could Get Help From Hoopsters
The Montana State Bobcats are adding a pair of familiar names to the football roster this spring.
Louis Saucedo, who started on the offensive line two years ago before sitting out last season for academic reasons, and Mecklen Davis, who recently completed his career with the MSU basketball team, are expected to be on the field Friday afternoon when the Bobcats begin spring practice.
Davis, a 6-2, 195 pounder who averaged 7.9 ppg for the MSU basketball team this winter, will try out for the football team as a receiver.
“He’s an awesome young man who works hard,” said Bobcat head coach Rob Ash. “He wants to try it so we’ll work him in and see how he does.”
Davis’ father, Gary Davis, was a running back and return specialist who played six seasons in the National Football League, with the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Davis played quarterback, defensive back and was a return specialist in high school at Atascadero, Calif. Saucedo is 6-5, 317-pounder who started all 13 games at right guard for the 2006 Bobcats of coach Mike Kramer. That team finished 8-5.
“He’s eligible right now and he’s practicing,” said Ash. “He moves around real well for a big man.”
Saucedo’s return could bolster the depth on an offensive line that is expected to return several starters, including Jeff Hansen of Great Falls, from last year’s 65 team.
Ash said his team, which will conclude spring practice with an intrasquad scrimmage in Great Falls on April 26, has enjoyed a productive winter.
“We’ve made some real good gains in strength, explosiveness and power,” Ash said. “We’ve committed ourselves to be a stronger and more durable football team.”
MSU football team could get help from hoop squad
By Scott Mansch, Great Falls Tribune