The Montana State Bobcats kick off their season this Saturday at Arkansas State and no one on the Bobcats is happier about that than senior linebacker Na'a Moeakiola, who is returning from a shoulder injury that cost him all of 2013 season.
"I'm very excited, I'm very blessed," Na'a said. "I've waited a year for this moment."
"He's gonna be one of the most excited guys out there on Saturday," said MSU head coach Rob Ash. "To finally get a chance now, a year later, to start his senior season."
Moeakiola was a dominating force for the Bobcats in 2012, racking up 81 tackles, ranking him 2nd on the team. However, Na'a would injure his shoulder in the spring of 2013, costing him all of the 2013 fall season.
Na'a had a redshirt season available to him after his injury though, allowing him to come back and play this year.
"It was such a fortunate situation that when he did get hurt, he had not used his redshirt season yet," Ash said. "So he had that in his pocket as a senior, that's pretty unusual and he was able to come back then and protect this year and be able to play now. I know a year ago, when he was hurt, he thought this day would never come."
But that day for Na'a is almost here, as the Bobcats face Arkansas State on the road this Saturday at 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.
"All you can do is take it day by day," Na'a said. "Take it one step at a time and just thanks God to come out here and play the game that I love, be around the coaches, be around the brothers on the field. It's just an amazing opportunity to be back out there and I'm excited about this weekend."