Done deal: Montana to Montana

2011-02-14T21:00:00Z 2011-02-15T17:49:18Z Done deal: Montana to MontanaGazette News Services The Billings Gazette
February 14, 2011 9:00 pm  • 

University of Montana athletic director Jim O'Day confirmed to the Missoulian Monday night that Nate Montana, son of NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, has enrolled at the University of Montana.

"He's enrolled as a student, and he started classes today," O'Day said. "Then I would assume he's a walk-on, because we have no (scholarship) aid as of this semester."

O'Day seemed to think Montana enrolled on Friday, the last day to do so for the current semester at UM.

The 21-year old junior quarterback and his father met with athletic department officials on Monday, just six days after Joe Montana and his wife had an informal meeting with Grizzlies football coach Robin Pflugrad.

Nate Montana walked on at his father's alma mater, Notre Dame, as a freshman before transferring to Pasadena (Calif.) Community College last year. There, he was 31 of 88 for 324 yards with a pair of touchdowns and five interceptions.

This past fall, Montana returned to South Bend, Ind., to play at Notre Dame and was listed as the third quarterback on the depth chart behind junior Dayne Crist and freshman Tommy Rees. He saw action in three games, completing 9 of 18 passes for 116 yards with an interception and no touchdowns for the Irish.

The Grizzlies' 2011 recruiting class, announced earlier this month, did not include a headline quarterback. But Pflugrad said at the time that a transfer could join the program in the spring.

UM was spurned by Michigan transfer Tate Forcier, who chose to play at the University of Miami.

Nate Montana will join a stable of Grizzly quarterbacks that includes true sophomore Jordan Johnson, redshirt freshman Shay Smithwick-Hann and junior Gerald Kemp.

Pflugrad had no comment.

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