Montana State Football Adds Wyoming Quarterback and St. John’s Wide Receiver | national

Montana State is bringing two transfers — former Wyoming quarterback Sean Chambers and former St. John’s (Minnesota) wide receiver Ravi Alston — to the program, head coach Brent Vigen announced Friday.

Chambers already has some familiarity with the Bobcats, as Wyoming opened the 2021 season with a 19-16 win over Montana State.

“I had the opportunity to recruit Sean from Wyoming and train him for several years there and really develop a deep relationship with Sean,” Vigen said. “He’s a guy who led Wyoming to a game-winning touchdown against us this fall, so our fans had a chance to see what Sean could do on the court.”

Chambers, of course, is another upcoming quarterback at MSU. For that reason, Vigen was quick to note that Chambers is not expected to replace current MSU quarterback Tommy Mellott. He added that this decision was not affected by Mellott’s ankle injury in the first quarter of the national championship game.

“We brought Sean in to compete with Tommy certainly and add some depth, and we’ll see where that leads,” Vigen said. “A quarterback room with no depth, no competition, is not the type of quarterback room we want. In Sean, I think we are improving the playing ability in this room, (as well as) the level of talent and leadership.

“With the departure of Tucker (Rovig) and Matt (McKay), we needed another quarterback. … I felt like if we could have an experienced guy instead of another youngster, it would make more sense.

Chambers captained for three years at Wyoming, finishing with 1,103 total rushing yards, 2,312 total passing yards and 31 total touchdowns in four seasons with the Cowboys. After missing the majority of the 2020 season through injury, Chambers rebounded in 2021 with 1,125 passing yards, 209 rushing yards and nine total touchdowns in nine games.

“I knew he was the kind of young man who can find himself in a situation, not get everything most transfers expect and just go to work,” Vigen said.

There is also a certain familiarity with Alston. Vigen worked with current St. John’s offensive coordinator Kole Heckendorf when Heckendorf played at North Dakota State (2005-08). Heckendorf just completed his fourth season as offensive coordinator at St. John’s, a Division III program.

Vigen said Alston will be a valuable addition to help replace lost Lance McCutcheon and Nate Stewart at wide receiver.

“He’s got a big size and a big reach,” Vigen said. “With the COVID year mixed in with his years, he had the opportunity for another year to take his game to another level. In our opportunity, he sees that, and we see an opportunity to add what we think is a terrific playmaker to this room.

Alston was a two-time All-American at St. John’s and was named the MIAC’s Most Valuable Player for the 2021 season. Alston played in 11 of the Johnnies’ 12 games in 2021, finishing with 65 catches for 906 yards and nine touchdowns .

Vigen said the way he found Alston in the transfer portal was also unique. Vigen first received an email from St. John’s head coach Gary Fasching around New Years. Heckendorf also spoke with Vigen about Alston’s desire to play professionally, which made a Division I program like Montana State.

“For Ravi to play at the top level, his rise to the college level would help him,” Vigen said. “That’s where I really feel like those coaches at St John’s could have gotten him back to some extent, but they were really paying attention to Ravi. It kind of fell into our lap, so to speak.

“We weren’t necessarily looking for a receiver at the time. But then when he became available and we were lucky enough to be with him when he visited, I thought he would be a great fit as a team member, as a potential leader and as a playmaker.”

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