Tanner Roderick, Montana State’s starting holder and second-string receiver, was added to the Bobcats’ growing injury report Tuesday afternoon when the school announced he will be out approximately six weeks with an undisclosed hand injury.
A Bozeman native who was named the Montana Gatorade Player of the Year as a quarterback for Bozeman High in 2010, Roderick, a sophomore, is in his first year with the Bobcats and was beginning to become an important part of the rotation at receiver.
Roderick, who transferred to Montana State from Nevada in January, has four receptions for 39 yards including three catches for 33 yards in Montana State’s 31-30 loss to Southern Methodist Saturday night.
“I feel terrible for Tanner,” Montana State head coach Rob Ash said in a news release. “He was really starting to feel comfortable and play well at receiver. He’s an important part of our offense and we look forward to his return.”
The school did not divulge exactly when Roderick was injured. Roderick caught the pass from quarterback DeNarius McGhee on the Bobcats’ final play — a wild, lateral-filled attempt to comeback against the Mustangs on the final play of the game.
With McGhee’s injury, there was speculation that Roderick might play into the competition to replace the senior quarterback. Ash quickly dispelled the theory at Tuesday’s press conference saying, “Tanner is a receiver, that’s what he’s doing this year. It would be very, very tough for him to try to flip gears and it would hurt our receiving group because he is becoming an integral part of our receiver corps right now.”
Roderick served as Montana State’s holder on field goal and PAT attempts. The school said Mitch Griebel, a sophomore wide receiver who transferred from Air Force, will handle those duties in Roderick’s absence.
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