The countdown to kickoff is on. Over the 100 days before Texas takes on Maryland, we’re counting down the 100 best players the Longhorns will face in 2017. This series is all about impressing your friends at pregame tailgates and watch parties, so grab a notepad and buckle up.
Who is he?
If the past two seasons are any indication, maybe we should be looking for a new Iowa State running back to emerge. Last year it was David Montgomery asserting himself as the starter over 2015 Big 12 offensive freshman of the year Mike Warren. The freshman from Cincinnati rushed for 563 yards on 109 carries, including 100-yard performances in two of the Cyclones’ final three games.
What should the Longhorns watch for?
At 5-foot-11, 222 pounds, Montgomery doesn’t have the same top-end speed as Warren, but he makes up for it with his power. Kansas learned that the hard way when he gashed the Jayhawks for 169 yards last November. He’s not just a brute, though. Montgomery and Iowa State wide receiver Deshaunte Jones grew up childhood friends, and both played quarterback in high school. Don’t be surprised if one or both of them throw a pass this season.
Other than one burst of 13 yards, Montgomery was a non-factor last year in Austin. He had six carries for 31 yards.
They said it
Cyclones associate head coach Lou Ayeni: “A guy like David is very versatile. He’s a mismatch nightmare because he can run routes like a receiver, he can catch the ball like a receiver, you can put him at quarterback. You can ask him; he can throw it as far as anybody on our team.”
Catch up on the series
No. 76: Deshaunte Jones
No. 75: Byron Pringle
No. 74: LaQuvionte Gonzalez
No. 73: Zach Sinor
No. 72: Derrick Willies
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