Stanford senior wide receiver Ty Montgomery is making progress in his recovery from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for most of the Cardinal's final two regular-season games, coach David Shaw said.
"Ty is slightly ahead of schedule right now," Shaw told reporters last week. "I'm not sure that I'm ready to say that he's going to play for sure, but he's further along right now than we thought he'd be before the break, so we'll get him a quick check and hopefully get him into practicing when we come back after Christmas."
While his numbers are down from his junior season, CBSSports.com ranks Montgomery as the eighth-best wide receiver prospect in next year's NFL draft and projects he will be a second-round pick.
Montgomery, 6 feet 2, 220 pounds, has 61 catches for 604 yards and three touchdowns after catching 61 passes for 958 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. He also has run for 303 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries the last two years and is a weapon for Stanford on special teams.
Montgomery, who is averaging 25.2 yards per kick return and 18.3 yards per punt return, returned two kickoffs for touchdowns last season and has returned two punts for touchdowns this year.
"Ty Montgomery is an outstanding wide receiver," Maryland coach Randy Edsall said. "Christian McCaffrey and Ty Montgomery, those guys are both jack-of-all-trades.
"They can play running back. They can play wildcat quarterback, and they can play wide receiver. You can move them all around. … Ty Montgomery is [also] an outstanding returner."