Troy Andersen

Troy Andersen is one of a handful of true freshmen contributing at Montana State this season.

DEAN HENDRICKSON, For 406mtsports.com

BOZEMAN — Montana State’s Troy Andersen has been added to the watch list for the 2018 Jerry Rice Award, which will be given to the top freshman performer in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Andersen has played at running back, linebacker and on special teams in his true freshman season with the Bobcats. The product of Beaverhead High School in Dillon has 444 rushing yards and has accounted for four touchdowns, and has made six tackles as a two-way player.

Andersen was originally recruited to play linebacker, but depth issues at running back during fall camp led to his inclusion on offense.

According to MSU, Andersen’s 444 yards rushing are the fourth-most by a freshman in school history.

The Big Sky Conference has a history of winning the Rice Award. Eastern Washington receiver Cooper Kupp won it in 2013, and Northern Arizona quarterback Case Cookus earned the honor in 2015.

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