MOSCOW For Idaho running back Richard Montgomery, it wasnt quite a full-blown benching, but it likely was a wake-up call.
One week after igniting the Vandal offense in a narrow defeat to Northern Illinois, Montgomery, who thus far has had an up-and-down true freshman season, touched the ball only three times in Idahos 42-0 loss to Washington State on Saturday.
We all got to practice real well in practice, coach Paul Petrino said in his weekly teleconference when asked about the sudden disappearance of Montgomery. Thats what we tell them all week, the films your résumé. You got to show me in practice all the good things you can do and youll get a chance to do them in a game.
Thats kinda how we do it each week and (Montgomery) didnt necessarily have his best week of practice (last week).
Tuesday, however, was a different story as the speedy tailback was seemingly everywhere in 11-on-11 drills. Montgomery took several handoffs to the house as he turned the corner off tackle and quickly carved his way through Idahos third-string defense.
I thought (Montgomery) had a great practice, starting quarterback Chad Chalich said. Just as a team, were continuing to build. Hes a great athlete, he has great speed and hes going to do great things at the University of Idaho.
Two weeks ago, the rookie tailback from Florida made his home debut and was a big reason the Vandals led heavily favored Northern Illinois 28-14 in the first half.
In that game, Montgomery ran for 59 yards on 12 carries and had two catches for 54 yards and a touchdown. On the day, he led the Vandals with 170 all-purpose yards.
Against the Cougs, the running back started the game but carried the ball only once for 2 yards. He returned two kicks for a total of 27 yards.
He came out and practiced hard today, so that was good, Petrino said. Hopefully we get that all week.