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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Nate Montana Quarterback Career Update

Grizzlies QB Nate Montana
Well we just paid a small tribute and thanks to a real class guy in Dayne Crist (below post). It will be fun to see where he lands and if he can contribute to another football program. We sure hope and pray that it be so.

So what happened to the last quarterback that left Notre Dame with eligibility remaining? Nate Montana remember him?
Hmmmm. What can we remember?

Nate did not have any scholarship or non-scholarship offers to play football anywhere. None. Zero. Zilch.
Famous dad and alumni got Nate preferred walk-on status with a famous quarterback coach and Head Coach.

Nate somewhere along the line left for a year to hone his quarterback skill at a junior college with mixed results.
Nate returns to Notre Dame and said quarterback coach eventually awarded Nate with a scholarship and real team member status.

He got involved in a spring practice quarterback derby but dropped on the depth charts.
Also participated in what is apparently an Irish football rite of passage and a brush with the Indiana Liquor Gestapo.

Saw his first game participation in the quarterback shuffle and interception riddled Michigan game back in 2010.
8 completions, 17 attempts, 104 yards, 1 interception. Rushed for 23 yards in 4 attempts.

Nate got mop-up duty in the Western Michigan game with 1 completion, 1 attempt, 12 yards. He rushed for 2 yards on 5 attempts.
Seeing zero chance to climb the depth chart with Dayne Crist, Tommy Rees, Luke Massa, and incoming Andrew Hendrix, Nate decided to take his quarterbacking skills to his name sake school: The Montana Grizzlies.

Nate is one of seven (7) rostered quarterbacks for the Grizzlies. Yes, 7 as in 5, 6, 7.
He no sooner showed up in Big Sky Country and he got himself arrested on a DWI charge. Hmmmmmm.
Along the way, his father took a cheap shot at Notre Dame and Coach Brian Kelly complaining in an interview that Nate got a raw deal and was not fairly treated. Phooey.

So how is Nate doing at Montana?
25 completions in 40 attempts, 264 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.  (Corrected data)

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Anonymous said...

Your facts on his Griz career are wrong... The Central Arkansas game was not his first nor only play.

He's taken the field a few times (9 of the 13 games) and started the 10/01 game vs. Northern Colorado, which by the way, he started off with a flea-flicker for a TD.

Unfortunately, Pflu likes to pull him as soon as he does well. Pretty backward way of going about it.

CORRECT stats...
Passing: (Cmp-Att-Int) 26-42-1 for 61.9%, totaling 274ydsand 2 TDs

Anonymous said...

AND that percent is higher than any of the other QBs on the roster.

Subway Alumni said...


You are right. The statistics I used from ESPN are incorrect and when I went back to check them, they have been taken down.

Went to Sports Illustrated and got these stats for Nate.

40 Attempts, 25 completions, 62.5 completion % for 264 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interceptions.