With depth and talent, Brent Vigen didn’t see security as a job that needed help. But the Montana state head coach believed the one he used to plan his game against while in Wyoming could help his new team.
Tre Webb received an honorable mention from West Mountain to San Jose State, which won the conference championship in 2020. Vigen felt Webb’s experiences could be beneficial with the Bobcats.
Webb was among four former FBS players new to MSU to have their second day of fall camp Saturday at Bobcat Stadium.
The Bobcats also added Cam Gardner, a wide receiver from Utah, David Alston, a defensive end from Nebraska, and Blake Hehl, who recently played for Tarleton State in Texas after his stoppage at Old Dominion. Vigen believes that each of them have different levels of challenges to overcome as they acclimatize to a new team.
“All four of us,” said Vigen, “will add to our depth and competition throughout the fall and certainly on the playing field.”
Webb, a graduate transfer, was a three-year starting security who will enter his sixth year of college after earning an additional year of eligibility in 2020. Last season he recorded 49 tackles, 3.5 for loss and six assists. ruptures.
Webb was a three-star rookie at Servite High School in Anaheim, California. This is also where Travis Jonsen, a former Montana State All Conference Receiver and current member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, attended high school. Vigen thought this connection helped Webb make his decision.
Vigen also said Webb’s situation may have been “sticky” as strong securities like him may not necessarily be high commodities in the transfer portal.
“A great leader, and I really appreciate what he’s been through and the growth he’s had over the past three years,” Vigen said of Webb. “He’s going to bring experience and leadership.
Alston is MSU’s newest transfer addition. Vigen said Alston, of St. Paul, Minnesota, graduated in Nebraska and was looking for a place with more playing opportunities.
While he was considered one of Minnesota’s top rookies and was a three-star prospect according to 247 Sports, he hasn’t appeared in a game in three years at Nebraska. He has three years of eligibility left.
At 6-4, 241 pounds, Vigen said Alston had agreed to move from outside linebacker to defensive end. This gives the Bobcats key depth as they move to a four lineman front.
“We thought it would be a very good opportunity to continue improving his football career,” said Vigen.
Gardner, who transferred in May, played all five of Utah’s games last season, his only statistic being a special teams tackle against USC. In 2019, he appeared in seven special-team games as a true rookie and lined up for the wide receiver in three.
Gardner told The Chronicle he wanted to leave because he wanted a bigger role in an offense. Gardner had ample time to integrate into the program. During his first days of fall camp, Vigen said Gardner showed “real talent for the job.”
“I think what’s exciting about Cam is he has the flexibility in the receiver’s position to play both inside and away,” said Vigen. “A smart, intelligent guy who also has a lot of years ahead of him. “
Hehl, originally from Huntington Beach, Calif., Attended Fullerton College, a junior college, in his home state. In 10 games, he had 29 tackles, 1.5 sacks and three fumbles recovered, earning a two-star ranking.
In 2019, he went to Old Dominion and in a red shirt, and after being cut during a change of coach, he went to Tarleton State. In a spring season there, he totaled 19 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss, half a sack and four quarterback rushes.
Hehl plays with a “huge engine” and has impressive strength, said Vigen. It also adds depth to a group of positions that needed it.
“He was looking for an opportunity that we provide him,” said Vigen, “to get on the pitch, make an impact and play for a program that hopes to win championships. “