Bobcat preseason football camp to open Sunday

Updated: August 2, 2003, 7:52 PM ET

BOZEMAN -- Coach Mike Kramer expects to start preseason football camp Sunday night for defending Big Sky Conference co-champion Montana State University.

Kramer plans to welcome 90 players, and the first fall practice is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Monday. The first week of drills ends Aug. 9 with a limited scrimmage set for 3:30 p.m.

Kramer said the Bobcats' 2002 conference success won't change much about the way the team starts.

MSU shared the conference championship with Idaho State and Montana.

"We're all excited to get going, and we have high expectations for this team," he said. "But the process will not be different because of what we did last year. If anything, we will be more driven, because we know the great things within reach of this year's team."

Much of last year's team is still in place.

It includes sophomore quarterback Travis Lulay, who started Montana State's last eight games as a true freshman.

Most of the rest of the Bobcat offense is also young. Its only full-time seniors are linemen Brent Swaggert and Mataio Toilolo and receiver Scott Turnquist.

Key members of its defense are also returning. They include senior linemen Adam Cordeiro and Jon Montoya, senior safety Kane Ioane, junior linebacker Roger Cooper and senior corner Joey Thomas.

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