NFL DRAFT: MSU's Andersen goes to Falcons in second round

He is five months removed from playing one of the games of his life, the championship game of the Football Championship Series between his Montana State Bobcats and the University of North Dakota.

Today, Dillon native Troy Andersen - who celebrated his 23rd birthday April 23 - is a professional football player.

Andersen, who was an All-State selection in high school for the Dillon Beavers and an All-Big Sky Conference player at linebacker and quarterback for the Bobcats, was the 58th overall pick - 26th in the second round - of the Atlanta Falcons at the National Football League Draft Friday night at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The life-changing announcement was made by former Falcons and Tampa Bay running back Warrick Dunn.

At the NFL combine, Andersen was listed at 6 feet, 3 1/2 inches tall, tipping the Toledos at 243 pounds. He has a 36-inch vertical jump and a 40-yard sprint time of 4.42 seconds.

In his senior year (2017) at Dillon's Beaverhead County High School, Andersen led the Beavers to the Class A state championship as a First-Team All-State quarterback and safety. He passed for 1,403 yards, rushed for nearly 900 mores, and scored 30 total touchdowns on offense.

At safety, he had 71 tackles, three picks and a pair of fumble recoveries.

As a true freshman with the Bobcats, Andersen spent time at both running back and linebacker, and was named the Freshman of the Year in the Big Sky Conference after rushing for 515 yards and five scores, plus catching seven balls for 45 more yards and a TD, while on defense he added nine tackles and a QB sack.

He moved to QB as a sophomore when two-year incumbent Chris Murray was deemed academically ineligible. Andersen passed for 1,195 yards and three scores, then ran for 1,412 yards and a school-record 21 TDs, and was named to the All-Big Sky Conference First Team.

He went back to linebacker and played fullback in his junior campaign, making 54 tackles - 11

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