D’vario Montgomery leaves USF football

Posted: August 13, 2013 in Football

Some bad news is coming out tonight from Vero Beach as sophomore wide receiver D’vario Montgomery has decided to leave the team, per Greg Auman’s report.

Montgomery, the former 4-star recruit, had 6 catches for 65 last season.  Montgomery has been dealing with a few injuries since the spring, the most recent being a hamstring strain that has kept him out the last few days.  Per Auman’s report, Montgomery had been thinking about leaving since Holtz was fired, but decided to hang around and attempt to make it work.  But after a week in the fall camp he decided it was time to leave.

Montgomery figured to be a key contributor this season at receiver this season with Terrence Mitchell and Sterling Griffin both transferring to other programs.  Now, the Bulls will have to rely on others on the depth chart to step up and fill in to help take some of the pressure off of Andre Davis.

While the tight ends will be huge targets this year, the Bulls need wide receivers to step up.  Guys like Derrick Hopkins (19 receptions for 278 yards last season) and Deonte Welch (18 receptions for 183 yards) will have to step up.  Others such as Stephen Bravo-Brown, Chris Dunkley, and the younger guys like Ruben Gonzalez, Zach Benjamin, and Alex will now have to learn quickly and help contribute to the passing game.

I’m personally shocked at this.  I figured Montgomery could become the number two wide receiver for the Bulls, opposite of Davis this season, but now the thin position gets thinner.  Welch, Hopkins, etc. are all options, but they can’t replace the skill set that Montgomery has.  I hope that Benjamin, Mut, and Gonzalez (haven’t heard his name much this fall) will have to rise up and help the passing game.  This blow hurts, especially this close to the start of the season.

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