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Montgomery looks good without pads on first day of practice

 

Stanford receiver Ty Montgomery looked "phenomenal" and Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan looked "sharp," according to football coach David Shaw.

Of course, that was after the first day of practice, without pads, on Monday.

Montgomery, who continues to rehab his right shoulder following offseason surgery, has no restrictions without pads.

The Cardinal will be a little more cautious with its star receiver and kick returner once the pads are put on later in the week.

Contact may not be an issue, but the possibility of landing hard on his shoulder will be taken into consideration.

"We'll take care of him," Shaw said.

Shaw spoke about a myriad of topics in addition to Montgomery and Hogan, following practice.

On offensive lineman Andrus Peat: "He's lost his girth but he's back to the same weight. He's replaced the girth with muscle."

On Palo Alto grad Kevin Anderson: "We have a lot of confidence in him. He was a valuable backup. He and a healthy Henry Anderson makes us think we will have an effective pass rush."

On tight end Austin Hooper: "We recruited him to be a complete tight end. He's a physical blocker at the line of scrimmage and he can make big catches down field."

On defensive end Ikenna Nwafor (foot injury): "As of right now there's a good chance he's not going to be back. We've seen a couple of experts, going back and forth. It's sad with the ability we believe he has. He's also pre-med and he had a bright future outside of football."

On replacing talented graduates: "They take pride in making sure the defense works without Shayne Skov. They take pride in making the offense work without David Yankey. We can't have a drop-off. The guys here have to get the job done."

More on Hogan: "The word I use for him is consistency. But he has the second-highest percentage completion rate in Stanford history. He has the second-highest passer rating in Stanford history. What I want to see is playing at a high level of consistency game after game and be in the upper echelon of the Pac-12, which also means being in the upper echelon in the nation. He has that ability."

Commitment

Cathedral Catholic High (San Diego) senior-to-be Casey Toohill was able to give his verbal commitment to Stanford in person on Monday, the first day of football practice.

Toohill tweeted his decision, along with a photo. "Committed to Stanford University! Thank you to everyone that has helped me along this journey! #NerdNation #Cardinal."

He becomes the ninth player, and the third in a week, from the class of 2015 to verbally commit. Wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside gave his word on Wednesday and defensive end Reagan Williams committed last Tuesday.

Toohill became the third linebacker and fifth defensive player to commit to Stanford thus far.

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