PULLMAN -- Washington State running back James Montgomery was one of only a few bright spots in a 1-11 season for the Cougars last year.
The transfer from the University of California ran for 167 yards, added 62 receiving yards, and scored a touchdown in three games. His season was cut short because of a serious injury.
Montgomery came down with acute compartment syndrome in his leg. Here's the definition according to Wikipedia:
Compartment syndrome is a medical term which refers to the compression of nerves, blood vessels and muscle inside a closed space (compartment) within the body. This leads to tissue death due to lack of oxygenation as the blood vessels are compressed by the raised pressure within the compartment.
Montgomery had emergency surgery in October. Some say he's lucky to still have his leg, while others say he's lucky to still be alive. Many thought his football career was over.
Instead, Montgomery's career is far from over. He's back on the football field competing for the starting job in fall camp.
He doesn't want to say that he's feeling %100 just yet, but Montgomery expects to be completely healed by the September 4th opener at Oklahoma State.