Football season will be here before you know it. Through the dog days of summer, we’re going to get you prepared with a series on some of the best players Texas will face in 2018.
Who is he?
In the age of analytics, David Montgomery has become somewhat of a folk hero. The Iowa State running back finished 37th in the FBS in rushing last fall – impressive in its own right – but another statistic has caught the attention of the NFL. According to Pro Football Focus, he forced 86 missed tackles – more than any other running back in the four years the analytics website has been tracking such things.
Iowa State RB David Montgomery forced more missed tackles than any running back we've seen in four years of college grading.Advertisement
A few pass game highlights from 2017: pic.twitter.com/mc8vnIZTCz
— Steve Palazzolo (@PFF_Steve) June 27, 2018
Montgomery also has a tremendous backstory. He was profiled this summer by CBS Sports senior writer Dennis Dodd, a story that covered everything from his rough upbringing in Cincinnati, to the money he sends every two weeks to his incarcerated brother, to his relationship with a sick child. He’s a fascinating character, and one that is going to be the face of the Cyclones this fall.
What should the Longhorns watch for?
It’s not just one thing that makes Montgomery hard to bring down. Depending on what you give him, he’s just as likely to run through you, past you or around you. And if he gets any blocking, the job becomes even more difficult. At its best, the Texas defense excelled by swarming to the ball, and that’s exactly what it did to contain Montgomery last fall.
Montgomery had his second-fewest touches and yards of the season against Texas, rushing for 34 yards on nine carries as Texas came away with the 17-7 win.
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