When you Google “Troy Andersen the outside linebacker for Montana State University” you may think NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot is silly because you are going to find a photo of a quarterback. You may start asking yourself was that a mistake? Well, we are here to tell you it is not a mistake, Troy Andersen is a freaking athlete that is one of the best players on the field wherever he lines up.
Troy Andersen has been a talented player since high school at Beaverhead where he led his team to the Class A title game as a Junior and a Senior winning the 2016 Championship. He was an All-State quarterback but he was also a safety and the Defensive Player of the Year. Yes, the kid was a freak on both sides of the ball, and nothing has changed at college.
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He came to Montana State as an athlete. He was 2017 Big Sky Freshman of the Year. He started games at running back and linebacker. He was the first true freshman to start his first game at running back since the 90’s. He finished with 515 yards rushing for the Bobcats.
In 2018, Andersen was a first team All-Big Sky quarterback. Yes, he switched from running back to quarterback and had a solid season. He still crushed teams on the ground, he ran for 100 yards in 9 different games that year. He was 64-111 for 717 yards passing and two touchdowns, but he had 21 rushing touchdowns which is the single season record for Montana State.
Last year, another switch. Andersen played outside linebacker and was a First Team ALL-Big Sky linebacker. He played in 10 games, finished with 11.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. He finished with 62 total tackles, but he also played offense for the Bobcats. He rushed for 336 yards on 49 carries and scored 7 touchdowns. This is a true dual-threat player. He has lined up at quarterback, running back, linebacker and full back. This kid is a stud.
NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Notes:
Montana State linebacker Troy Andersen is a versatile weapon for the Bobcats. He is one of the most versatile players in NCAA history. I cannot remember a player that has played at high level and multiple positions. Playing quarterback is hard enough, but to turn into an All-Conference linebacker is impressive. Montana State has a Swiss Army Knife in Troy Andersen. – Damond Talbot, NFL Draft Diamonds, Owner