AMES — Running back David Montgomery will not return to Iowa State for his senior season.
The junior announced on Twitter on Monday he’s declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft.
Montgomery has been a wrecking ball for the better part of two seasons for the Cyclones, rushing for more than 1,000 yards each of the last two years. He was the first Iowa State running back to rush for back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons since Ennis Heywood in 2000-01. Even as a freshman, Montgomery rushed for 563 yards and two touchdowns.
Montgomery led the nation in forced missed tackles in 2017 with 104 and he led the Big 12 in yards after contact that season with 828. He rushed for 1,146 yards on 258 carries and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore.
The Cincinnati, Ohio, native followed up his impressive sophomore campaign with an equally impressive junior season. Montgomery rushed for 1,216 yards on 257 carries and scored 13 touchdowns.
“The impact David had on the Iowa State football program, this university, and our great community is impossible to quantify,” said Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell in a statement. “He will be remembered as one of the all-time greats to wear the cardinal and gold, but his legacy will extend far beyond the field. He truly led the culture change within our walls, helping establish a ‘We Before Me’ mindset. We couldn’t be more excited for David and his family as he takes his next step in his journey.”
With Montgomery declaring for the NFL Draft, he will more than likely end Iowa State’s four-year draft-less streak. The last Iowa State player to be drafted was Jeremiah George in 2014.
ESPN draft experts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper rank Montgomery the No. 3 and No. 4 running back in the draft class, respectively.
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