The Stanford Cardinal are looking to defend their Pac 12 title from 2012 next season, but have plenty of adversity in their way. They lost most of their top offensive weapons, including the leading rusher, Stepfan Taylor, and the team’s top three receiving targets. Kevin Hogan returns for his first full season as starter and will be looking to take control over a larger part of the offense, particularly in the passing game. For that to succeed, however, he will need Ty Montgomery to step in a major way.
The passing game wasn’t a major part of the gameplan for Stanford last season so Montgomery didn’t get much of a chance to shine. He finished 2012 with 26 catches for 213 yards and failed to find the endzone, getting overshadowed in the passing game by Stanford’s tight end duo of Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo. With last year’s No. 1 wide receiver Drew Terrell no longer on campus and both of the tight ends off to the NFL, the opportunity is there for Montgomery to take charge of the Cardinal aerial attack.
And head coach David Shaw may really need him to. Stanford does not boast great depth in their receiving corps. Coming out of spring practice, Devon Cajuste is listed as the starter opposite Montgomery and has just one career catch heading into 2013. Luke Kaumatule and Davis Dudchock, penciled in as the starters at tight end for next fall, have combined for zero career receptions. The running back position will be handled with a “by committee” approach at least until someone distinguishes themselves, so Taylor’s 41 receptions from last season will likely be split amongst them.
If ever there was a time for a receiver to step up and make a name for themselves, it is now for Montgomery with Stanford. There are no better options in the passing game than the junior wide receiver, but will he be able to step up and lead the passing attack?