Pac-12 honors for Stanford's Murphy, Montgomery


A pair of Stanford student-athletes earned recognition Monday from the Pac-12 Conference as Trent Murphy was named Defensive Player of the Week while Ty Montgomery was tabbed Special Teams Player of the Week.

The honors are the first such for any Stanford player on the season.

Montgomery proved to be the difference-maker in last Saturday's 31-28 win over Washington for the fifth-ranked Cardinal. The junior amassed 290 all-purpose yards including a school-record 204 kickoff return yards.

Montgomery's evening began with a game-opening 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the first by a Cardinal player since 2009. Twenty-six of Montgomery's 35 rushing yards came on a first-quarter Stanford drive, giving him 125 all-purpose yards on his first two offensive touches.

The wide receiver added a 39-yard receiving touchdown before halftime and a 68-yard kickoff return in the third quarter.

Murphy was a force for the Cardinal defense with six tackles, 2.0 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss and one quarterback hurry against the Huskies. The fifth-year senior outside linebacker tipped a fourth-quarter pass which led to A.J. Tarpley's red-zone interception.

Murphy enters Saturday's game at Utah tied for eighth in program history with 21.5 career sacks.

The undefeated Cardinal puts its 5-0 record on the line when it travels to Utah for a conference game Saturday at 3 p.m. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

— Stanford Athletics


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