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@Trey_Scott3 Who is the one player no one is talking about now, but will be at the end of the year.— Todd Rozendaal (@Wallacelantz) August 1, 2014
It's not that nobody's talking about D'Vario Montgomery. Every now and again his name pops up on the board, subscribers inquiring about the status of the 6-foot-5 USF transfer, the prize of Paul Rhoads' best Fred Hoiberg impression last August.
But for now, Montgomery's listed as second at X receiver on the soon-to-be-obsolete pre-fall-camp depth chart. Cyclones fans are thinking about other players, because things are set at receiver. However, there's a good chance that after a few games it's Montgomery — maybe more so than Quenton Bundrage or E.J. Bibbs — who's the hot topic of Iowa State's offense.
The chatter out of Ames for the summer's 7-on-7 workouts had Montgomery as a top performer.
"He can make some acrobatic plays," one source said. "He's looking really good."
It wouldn't surprise any member of Iowa State's staff if Montgomery's play rendered him so indispensable that he necessitated a platooning with Bundrage at split end. Or, Bundrage could be pushed to flanker, where he might thrive.
The only thing Montgomery lacks is elite top-end speed, like Bundrage, who the staff is confident will beat any Big 12 cornerback on a fly route. But Montgomery can do everything else, and perhaps on a more consistent basis than Bundrage: Extend his catch radius, make the tough and the easy grab and block.
For now he's a backup. Come October, Montgomery might be who everyone — fans, media, opposing defensive coordinators — is talking about.
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