Idaho RB tries to work his way back into offense

LEWISTON TRIBUNESeptember 26, 2013 

  • TEMPLE AT IDAHO

    When: 3 p.m. Saturday

    Where: Kibbie Dome (16,000; artificial turf)

    TV: 24/7

    Radio: KFXD (630 AM)

    Records: Idaho is 0-4; Temple is 0-3 (last game: lost 30-29 to Fordham on Sept. 14)

    Series: First meeting

    Vegas line: Temple by 71⁄2

MOSCOW — For Idaho running back Richard Montgomery, it wasn’t 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 Idaho’s 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. “That’s what we tell them all week, the film’s your résumé. You got to show me in practice all the good things you can do and you’ll get a chance to do them in a game.

“That’s kinda how we do it each week and (Montgomery) didn’t 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 Idaho’s third-string defense.

“I thought (Montgomery) had a great practice,” starting quarterback Chad Chalich said. “Just as a team, we’re continuing to build. He’s a great athlete, he has great speed and he’s 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.”

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