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Taggart: WR Montgomery quitting USF football



USF sophomore receiver D'vario Montgomery, one of the Bulls' top recruits a year ago, told Willie Taggart on Tuesday morning he was quitting the football team, leaving the squad's workouts in Vero Beach one week into fall practice.

"He said it's been bothering him for a while and he just feels like the best thing is for him to leave," Taggart said. "He told me he's been battling with it since spring ball and thought he could keep pushing through. He came to a decision, talked to his mom. I asked him if he was sure and he said he was sure. I told him we want guys who want to be here."

Montgomery, a consensus four-star recruit from Winter Park, had only six catches for 65 yards as a true freshman and had been limited by injuries both in spring and this month. He was held out of drills this weekend with a tweaked hamstring, but even this summer, when USF coaches talked about the receiver position, they had left out Montgomery.

"He hasn't done much since he's been here. He's been hurt a lot," he said. "It was something he said bothered him a lot. He knows he's good and can play, but he's always injured. I tried to get him to stay, but he's made up his mind. ... We'll be OK. The bus is still rolling, baby."

If Montgomery chooses to transfer to another I-A program, he has a redshirt year available and would have three years of eligibility at his new school starting in 2014. His departure is the third among last year's receivers -- senior Sterling Griffin graduated and transferred to rejoin Skip Holtz at Louisiana Tech, and Terrence Mitchell, last year's No. 2 receiver, was suspended from the team following an arrest this spring and is expected to play at Division II Fort Hays State.

The Bulls return their top receiver from last year in receiver Andre Davis, but lack proven depth behind him, with junior Deonte Welch, senior Derrick Hopkins among the top returning players. The Bulls will likely rely more on less experienced receivers, like sophomore Ruben Gonzalez, redshirt freshman Alex Mut or juniors Chris Dunkley and Stephen Bravo-Brown.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 7:10pm]


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