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Stanford Football’s Ty Montgomery is Ready for the NFL

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Posted March 20, 2015 by in

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By: Emily Compagno @Compagn0

A record-setting 70 NFL coaches and scouts attended Stanford’s Pro Timing Day on Thursday.  All 32 NFL teams were represented, with the Oakland Raiders sending the largest delegate by far.  14 Cardinal athletes performed on and off the field in the hopes of showcasing NFL-worthy skills: Henry Anderson, Alex Carter, Ty Montgomery, Kyle Olugbode, David Parry, Andrus Peat, Eddie Plantaric, Ben Rhyne, Jordan Richards, Ricky Seale, A.J. Tarpley, James Vaughters, Lee Ward and Jordan Williamson. Evaluations included the vertical leap, broad jump, flexibility reach and bench press, and on the field, the 40-yard dash, 20- and 60-yard shuttle, three-cone agility and position-specific drills.

With dozens of stop watches tracking times, all outdoor results (40, shuttle, three-cone) were unofficial:

Player Height Weight Hand Arm Wingspan Vertical Broad Bench
40 Shuttle Three-Cone
Anderson 6-6.2 290 9 3/4″ 33 1/4″ 89 1/8″ 23
Carter 6-0.1 201 9 1/8″ 31 3/4″ 79 7/8″ 4.41
Montgomery 5-11.6 211 10 1/4″ 31 1/8″ 77″ 16 4.38 4.23 7.02
Olugbode 5-11.1 199 9 1/4″ 30 7/8″ 73 1/4″ 29″ 9′ 1″ 12 4.78 4.37 7.00
Parry 6-0.7 308 10″ 31 1/4″ 76 3/8″ 4.34 7.47
Peat 6-6.7 316 10 1/2″ 33 3/4″ 81 1/4″
Plantaric 6-4.0 235 9 1/8″ 32 5/8″ 77 3/4″ 33 1/2″ 8′ 11″ 19 4.90 4.53 7.23
Rhyne 6-2.2 200 10″ 31 1/2″ 76 1/8″
Richards 5-10.7 213 9 1/8″ 32 5/8″ 78″ 34 1/2″ 9′ 0″ 4.46 4.28
Seale 5-9.0 203 9 7/8″ 30″ 72 3/8″ 33 1/2″ 9′ 2″ 10 4.48 4.41 7.21
Tarpley 6-0.2 232 9 1/2″ 30 3/4″ 74 7/8″ 34″ 9′ 7″ 24 4.69 4.11 6.93
Vaughters 6-1.7 248 9 5/8″ 32 1/8″ 78 1/4″ 32 1/2″ 9′ 4″ 35 4.78 4.39 7.03
Ward 5-11.4 246 9 5/8″ 29 3/4″ 72 1/2″ 29 1/2″ 8′ 8″ 35 4.89 4.26 7.23
Williamson 5-10.7 187 9 1/4″ 30 1/2″ 72″

We spoke with several of these athletes, whose statements echoed each other in their commitment to performing their absolute best during this day with potential career consequences. Gratitude and appreciation for their families as well as an ironclad support for their teammates also permeated our conversations.

Outside linebacker James Vaughters pumped the 225-pound bar 35 times, which would have tied him for first among linebackers at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, to the cheers of his teammates.  “I wasn’t too nervous,” Vaughters said. “You feel the eyes on you, but we play a sport where there are eyes on you whenever you’re competing. It’s just like a game when you’re nervous up until a certain point, then when it’s time to go, it’s time to go.”

Offensive tackle Andrus Peat, whom many predict will be a high first-round draft pick, spent considerable time doing pass blocking and agility drills for the coaches and scouts, and felt good about his accomplishments.  “I wanted to show some of the stuff I had out here, some athleticism and footwork, and I thought I did that,” he said.

Defensive tackle David Parry spoke about the preparation he underwent for this day, and said “It went well. It was good to get out here after working so hard for this day and to perform with my teammates one last time. Sleeping was a little bit tougher last night, but once it’s time to perform, you just block it all out and go.”

Wide receiver Ty Montgomery shone on the field, and spoke of what his performance means to him:  “It means the world to me because my family is my foundation,” he said. “To be able to make them proud and see the smiles on their faces, that motivates me.”  Montgomery is committed to remaining himself no matter what happens with his career: “I’m so critical of myself,” he said. “I just want to have fun and relax. No matter what happens, be myself and don’t let fame change me, don’t let money change me. I’m going to stay the same humble Ty Montgomery from Dallas, Texas, born in Jackson, Mississippi, with 17 foster brothers.”Thirty-four former Stanford players appeared on NFL rosters during the 2014 season, including Cameron Fleming and Tyler Gaffney of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. Tyler was there to support his former teammates and assisted in the on-field drills, but his main purpose in returning to The Farm, he told us, was to take his very last final exam that evening (in coding) and graduate Stanford.Last year Stanford matched a program-best with six players selected in the 2014 NFL Draft. It was the fifth straight year Stanford had at least three players drafted.This year’s NFL Draft is scheduled for April 30-May 2 in Chicago.

About the Author

Emily Compagno

Emily Compagno is a legal and sports business analyst and host, blending her experience as a practicing attorney and a former NFL cheerleader. She provides regular live on-air sports business and legal analysis for national and local television networks, and is a frequent contributor to sports radio. She hosts FanSpeak segments and professional athlete interviews.  Emily joined GSF in Fall 2014 as a reporter and host, focusing on PAC-12 and pro sports coverage.  She is based in both Seattle, WA and the Bay Area, CA.

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