Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 26
Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Ty Montgomery's status for Stanford's opener:
WR Ty Montgomery cleared to play for @StanfordFB in opener vs. UCD. Shaw: "He won't be limited.'— Tom FitzGerald (@tomgfitzgerald) August 26, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, July 30
Elliott Almund of the Mercury News has an update on Montgomery's recovery:
Montgomery, speaking publicly about his situation for the first time, declined to say what kind of surgery he had other than to describe it as minor.
"It won't affect the rest of my career," Montgomery said of the injury.
Shaw said Wednesday during the Bay Area College Football Media Day at Levi's Stadium that the receiver suffered the injury last season. The coach and player declined to specify when the injury occurred.
Just over a month before the start of the college football regular season, Stanford has announced senior receiver Ty Montgomery has suffered an arm injury.
Coach David Shaw said Thursday he is currently listed as questionable for the opener against UC Davis and noted he could miss the Week 2 showdown against USC, per Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News.
"Hopefully, by the end of training camp, he'll be able to do more contact stuff," Shaw said. "He might not play the first game, and it will be close for USC."
Montgomery is coming off a breakout junior season in which he led the Cardinal in receptions (61), receiving yards (958) and receiving touchdowns (10). The 6'2", 215-pound receiver also added 1,091 yards and two additional scores in the return game last year.
Can Stanford beat USC if Montgomery misses the game?
Wilner notes that Montgomery "missed spring practice after surgeries on his knee and arm, is ahead of schedule and able to run full speed. But he is not ready for contact drills and will be limited for at least the first portion of training camp."
Montgomery also enters the season with plenty of hype for the 2015 NFL draft. NFL Draft Scout currently has him listed as the No. 1 senior receiver in the class, but injury concerns might impact his stock.
Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN ranks him as one of the top senior receivers, per College GameDay:
Mel Kiper’s Top 5 Senior WRs: 1. Rashad Greene 2. Ty Montgomery 3. DeVante Parker 4. Antwan Goodley 5. Devante Davis— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) June 13, 2014
Behind him in each of the above statistical categories was senior Devon Cajuste. The experienced receiver will have to step up to give quarterback Kevin Hogan a reliable target if Montgomery is forced to miss time.
While the loss of Montgomery likely won't hurt the team against UC Davis, having him out against Pac-12 opponent USC could be devastating. The Trojans are entering a new era with Steve Sarkisian and looking to make noise in the conference.