Feb 15, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT
With Luke Massa transitioning to wide receiver, the Irish have finally settled on a four-man depth chart at quarterback, after Nate Montana officially enrolled at University of Montana, according to The Missoulian.
“He’s admitted as a student, and he started classes today,” athletic director Jim O’Day told the paper. “Then I would assume he’s a walk-on, because we have no aid as of this semester.”
News of Montana’s departure broke last week when it was reported that Nate’s father, that Joe Montana, had a meeting with Grizzlies head coach Robin Pflugrad to discuss Nate’s future. This will be the second time Montana leaves Notre Dame in pursuit of playing time, with a semester spent at Pasadena Community College where Montana struggled to a 31 of 88 season with two touchdowns and five interceptions.
To think Montana will walk onto campus in Missoula and be given the starting job is far fetched as the Grizzly football program is one of the best in the Champioship Subdivision. He’ll look to replace former Oregon quarterback Justin Roper, who leaves after starting their this season, and enters a depth chart without a clear-cut No. 1 quarterback.
If you’re looking for a solid Irish depth-chart entering Spring Practice, expect Dayne Crist and Tommy Rees to start off at the top of it, with Andrew Hendrix working with that group as well. True freshman Everett Golson will likely be in charge of some specialty packages, but has a firm grasp of a spread offense and shouldn’t be discounted, regardless of his inexperience.