NFL draft to call Dillon’s Troy Andersen’s name this weekend

Bill Lamberty
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
NFL bound

Dillon's Troy Andersen (15), shown during a Montana State Bobcat game at WEber State, will get drafted this weekend, extending his football career to the professional level. Andersen will serve as an idol and role model for Dillon kids for decades as they play football knowing that Andersen made it to the NFL. Garrett Becker/Bobcat Creative Services photo



BOZEMAN, Montana – Brent Vigen has seen this before.

Montana State’s second-year football coach has experienced frenzy around the NFL Draft before, and in 2018 he got an up-close view when the then-Wyoming offensive coordinator went through the process with quarterback Josh Allen. Now in a different role, Vigen awaits the professional football fate of Bobcat linebacker Troy Andersen.

“It’s a process,” he said, “and it’s important for the players so it’s important for our program and for me. Troy has handled it well and put himself in a good position.”

That position has gained clarity through a winter and spring in which Andersen has vaulted up the lists of draft experts. After playing well in the Senior Bowl and performing brilliantly in the Draft Combine, Andersen rocketed into the consciousness of those who cover the Draft. He has been profiled by media outlets ranging from ESPN and the New York Post to smaller publications and podcasts around the nation.

Andersen capped a brilliant career at the NCAA FCS Championship game in Frisco, Texas, in January. The Dillon native’s list of accomplishments is dizzying – 2021 FCS ADA Defensive Player of the Year, Unanimous All-America, Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Big Sky, along with CoSIDA Academic All-America and National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete. He also earned All-America honors as a junior at outside linebacker, and as a sophomore at quarterback.

Change came early in Andersen’s Bobcat career, and he adapted naturally. Recruited as a linebacker, the loss of a prospective starter in the summer of 2017 precipitated his move to running back. He set a record for a Bobcat freshman and earned Big Sky Freshman of the Year honors, but also played linebacker.

Less than nine months after his freshman season ended, while he was driving back to Dillon for the summer, MSU head coach Jeff Choate informed him there was a chance he may see time at quarterback in 2018. By the time he returned to campus for summer workouts, Andersen had been penciled in as the starter. He led the team to the FCS Playoffs that season – on the strength of “The Miracle in Missoula,” a stunning come-from-behind win against the Grizzlies – and one year later his play as a linebacker helped propel the team to the FCS Semifinals.

An injury forced him to the sideline for the latter portion of 2019, and would have shelved him for the 2020 campaign. But that season never came, canceled by the Covid-19 pandemic. Given the opportunity to heal, Andersen enjoyed one of the most decorated seasons in Bobcat history as a senior last fall.

The Draft airs on ESPN and NFL Network witht the first round Thursday night, the second and third rounds Friday evening and rounds 4-7 on Saturday.