Stanford senior wide receiver Ty Montgomery has been named one of five finalists for the fifth annual Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse and given annually to the most versatile player in major college football.
Joining Montgomery as finalists are Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska), B.J. Catalon (TCU), Marcus Murphy (Missouri) and Shaq Thompson (Washington). Fans can vote for their choice at PaulHornungAward.com.
Montgomery is already well-versed in major awards. Following an electrifying 2013 season, he was a consensus All-America selection and received the Johnny "The Jet" Rodgers Award as the national return specialist of the year.
Montgomery has piled up 1,401 all-purpose yards in 2014 with 23 carries for 146 yards and one touchdown, 60 receptions for 590 yards and three touchdowns, 12 punt returns for 238 yards and two touchdowns and 17 kickoff returns for 429 yards.
Montgomery is first among FBS active leaders in combined kickoff and punt return yards with 2,732.
Montgomery has averaged 140.1 all-purpose yards per game this season and recorded two games with 200+ all-purpose yards. He averages 19.8 yards/punt return, 25.2 yards/kickoff return and 9.8 yards/reception.
During week four of the season, Montgomery went up against Washington's Shaq Thompson and accounted for 149 all-purpose yards and one touchdown in a 20-13 Pac-12 Conference road win. Montgomery summed up the hard-fought win in the second quarter when he caught a two-yard pass, steamrolled several Husky defenders down the sideline and backpedalled the final five yards for a 17-yard score.
The Dallas, Texas, native looks to become the second Stanford student-athlete to win the award. Owen Marecic, a two-way starter and All-Pac-10 performer at fullback and linebacker, won the inaugural Paul Hornung Award in 2010.