Playing a division one sport can be just about as much work as a full time job.
Of course, handling sports and classes can be tough, but not for many on the Montana State offensive line.
On the football field, the Montana State offensive line is busy putting in work, but it doesn't stop there.
Away from the game, preseason all-big sky offensive guard J.P. Flynn is busy working on school work, pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering.
"I love problem solving,” said Flynn. “I guess that's what it really is. I love taking something and saying, "Hey, this doesn't work." How am I going to make it work? What do I have to do? What process do I have to take? Who do I need behind me? Who do I have to work with in order to make this product, this machine, this whatever and make it work. That's really my deal. I was like, "Hey, I love making things work."
But Flynn isn't alone on the offensive line.
Two other players beside him are working towards engineering degrees, those being Joel Horn and Alex Eekhoff.
"Anytime we need help from each other it's great because we could be like, "Hey, I took that class last semester or I'm taking this class next semester what do I need to look forward to? What do I need to get? What do I need to have with me?" So it's a good thing because we can all kind of lean on each other," Flynn said.
"For them to be able to handle the rigors of that program and also do football is pretty amazing,” said Head Coach Rob Ash. “They have to really be dedicated. They go without sleep a lot. They have to really be on top of their game all the time, both in the classroom and on the field."
Flynn and the rest of his O-line teammates will continue to work hard for their degrees.
They already have plans for after graduation.
"Me and Chad always joke that we're going to go start our own engineering firm,” Flynn said. “Lord knows what we're going to do. That's the concept right now. We're going to work in the oil fields for about ten years and we'll make enough money to start our own engineering firm."