The sound of whistles at Montana State signaled the approaching football season as Bobcat fall camp officially got underway on Monday.

"Competitions crazy, everyone's pushing each other," said senior linebacker Alex Singleton. "Can't hit today, but everything else. Fly around, go crazy and see who's ready to go!"

Heading into fall camp last season, MSU's linebacking core was one of the biggest question marks on the team. They had lost senior Jody Owens to graduation and Aleksei Grosulak and Na'a Moeakiola were injured.

However, the Bobcat linebacking group of Alex Singleton, Cole Moore and Michael Foster stepped up big in 2013 and now heading into 2014's fall camp the linebacking unit will be one of MSU's biggest strengths.

"We want to pride ourselves on being the best linebacking core in the nation," said senior linebacker Na'a Moeakiola. "That talks about hard work, coming everyday with a positive mindset to get better."

"We want to be the best in the country," said Singleton. "Just like our whole team, we want to be the best in the country."

Senior Na'a Moeakiola missed all of last season with a shoulder injury but he is back for the upcoming season. After a 2012 campaign where he was second on the team in tackles, he now says he is ready to pick up where he left off.

"Never a safe job," Moeakiola said. "Obviously got to come out here, compete each and every day. Doesn't matter what I'm doing, just make sure that the coaches see that I'm giving my full effort. Testimony to God I'm just blessed to be out here, be with the team and just another year to come out here and play the game that I love."