The Stanford Cardinal have not had much offense throughout much of the 2014 season, ranking in 61st in passing offense, and it may get worse in the final week of the season as star wide receiver Ty Montgomery will miss this Friday’s game against UCLA with a shoulder injury. Montgomery has a very long history of shoulder problems, and head coach David Shaw was cautious to use Montgomery this weekend.
During the 2014 season, Montgomery has caught 61 passes for 604 yards and three touchdowns, but was forced to exit last weekend’s game against California with a shoulder sprain. The injury does not seem to be long-term, and the team expects to have Montgomery for their bowl game. Coach Shaw discussed his decision Tuesday during a Pac-12 coaches’ teleconference.
“Ty will be out of this game. He will not play this game and hopefully we’ll get him ready for the bowl game, which looks like a distinct possibility.”
Shaw made a concerted effort to insert Montgomery into this week’s practice, but the injury did not respond well, forcing the senior wide out to sit. Montgomery has a bright future within the sport of football and will likely see himself playing on Sundays. However, injuries are a major concern. Knee and Shoulder issues have plagued the do-it-all wide receiver, but the numbers do not lie, and most NFL teams may have to look beyond the problems and see the enormous potential.
With a win, Stanford has an opportunity to knock the Bruins out of the Pac-12 Championship game versus Oregon. If they are able to pull off the upset, the winners of the Arizona- Arizona State game would find themselves playing in Pasadena next weekend. Still, the Cardinal has a lot to play for in hopes of improving their Bowl standing as well as setting themselves up for the future.
*Section Photo credit to Ezra Shaw, Getty Images; Featured Photo (above) credit to Bob Stanton, USA Today Sports.