March 23, 2007

Montgomery making all the right moves

While there are a number of redshirt freshmen from the 2006 recruiting class that appear to be close to making an impact on the field in 2007, one name that is certain to do so is tailback James Montgomery. The former Sacramento area prep football legend is in line to be Cal's No. 2 running back this season behind senior Justin Forsett. Though many fans remember Montgomery's high school exploits, they'll see an even more impressive product in Berkeley soon.

Few players have been more talked about in the history of Sacramento area football than Montgomery, the former Cordova high school running back. During his junior year, the Lancers star scored 9 touchdowns - in one game. As a senior, James ran for 450 yards - in one game. In just 3 varsity seasons, Montgomery racked up over 4,900 yards and 82 touchdowns on the ground alone. He averaged nearly 4 touchdowns a game his senior year.

What's not to like about Montgomery?

He's sound, personable, and tough. He cuts back and works as a speed back but will also grind it up the middle. In high school, most of his carries ran him straight up the middle, but he also has the ability to be a threat on the perimeter and in the passing game. Just watch his highlight reels from back in high school;

To put it simply, Montgomery is both efficient and explosive, which is a perfect fit for the no-nonsense Cal offense.

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