Wide receiver Monty Madaris (6-foot-2, 175-pounds) showed the skills during Monday's final camp of the summer to open some eyes. Not only does Madaris have the physical size the Spartans have shown to like, he also showed he's very capable of catching the easy and hard to get passes.
Last season Madaris played in 7 games while pulling down 12 balls for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns. This was good for fourth on the team in catches and yards.
Last season Monty Madaris started to show signs of being a player to watch. Now, as he continues to grow, Madaris is starting to show the physical size and ability to play at a very high level.
The first thing you like about Madaris is his frame and hands. Madaris has the type of hands you know can catch passes as they are very strong with long looking fingers. Already Madaris does a solid job of catching the ball outside of his framework and has no problem snatching the ball out of the air.
While there are still many areas that Monty will need to improve upon his game, he shows advanced ability in his initial quickness off the line of scrimmage to elude defenders and beat press coverage.
On short routes he shows advanced ability in his quickness and hip flexibility. Medium routes he shows a quick burst and solid cutting ability.
While this was one-on-one work being done during camp, Madaris showed solid concentration and looks the ball into his hands while securing it before turning up field.
Spartan Digest should be on hand for Monty Madaris first game of the season late in August with a more solid report.