Monday, October 7, 2013
Player of the week: Pac-12
By Kevin Gemmell
With nearly 300 all-purpose yards and game-changing special teams play, it’s hard not to give the Pac-12 player of the week nod to Stanford wide receiver Ty Montgomery.
We are aware of the exploits of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota -- who has turned preseason Heisman hype into a reality with his dazzling weekly performances -- but Montgomery was every bit the game-changer against a legitimate top 20 team in Washington.
He also added a 39-yard touchdown reception at the end of the first half and a 68-yard kickoff return that led to Tyler Gaffney’s 11-yard touchdown run. In total, he rushed for 30 yards, had 56 receiving yards and totaled 204 yards on kickoff returns for a grand total of 290.
It was a a signature performance for Montgomery, who struggled with drops in last season's loss to Washington in Seattle.
“Much was made about last year's game with Ty and him having a rough game,” said Stanford head coach David Shaw. “We all had a rough game last year. But what I love about Ty right now and his mentality is this wasn't a way to get back at Washington or wasn't a redemption by any stretch of the imagination; it's just his growth. I mean, he's a better player now than he was a year ago. He's gotten better every single week.”