Nick Montana (image credit: SI.com)

Nick Montana To Transfer


News broke earlier today that Nick Montana will transfer out of the University of Washington, find a junior college to land at for a year, and then re-commit to a FBS school. He wants to go to a school where he will play all 3 years and not have to compete or play the back-up role his whole career.

In June, I heard a rumor from a very reliable source that Montana had at least thought about transferring and may by the end of the year. However, Montana pushed those thoughts to the background until after the season ended. I wrote this article when I heard that rumor, not breaking the rumor but expressing concern that Montana may not be ready to compete.

Montana has decided he wants to find a place where he is clearly the best quarterback on the roster and can come in and start the remainder of his college eligibility. The possibilites won’t be initially opened up because he will probably spend a year at at junior college similar to what Cam Newton or other transfer players have done.

The news isn’t surprising considering Keith Price beat him out for the starting job in spring, and is now considered one of the top quarterbacks in the Pac-12 and in the nation. Add that to the fact that Price is only one year ahead of him thus only allowing Montana the starting nod for one year. If the recruits from 2012 don’t beat him out for the starting job once Price leaves, considering that both Cyler Miles and Jeff Lindquist project as better quarterbacks.

Tags: Junior College Keith Price Nick Montana Notre Dame Steve Sarkisian Transfer UW

  • AMitchellReport

    I just wanted to share a few of my thoughts on Montana after covering every Spring practice and 75% of fall practices last year, plus games this season, which didn’t include much Montana.

    He is a smart quarterback, who, if he had the physical tools I think he would be able to compete at the Pac12 level. Being the son of Joe, that shouldn’t come as a surprise, you can groom a smart QB, but you can’t teach pure talent. That’s where Montana is seriously lacking.

    His accuracy on all length throws is abysmal. He misses long throws by under, or overthrowing by a wide margin. On short throws he does the same thing, either sends the pass into the ground or passes high of his target, usually to the ground though.

    His pocket presence is tough to get a grasp on with no live tackling of the QB in practice, but when he leaves the pocket he is quite a solid runner, a very unnoticed aspect of his game. He’s not a good enough runner though to compensate for his lack of arm-strength and accuracy and that’s why the gap is so large between him and Keith Price.

    I with all the best luck to Nick Montana, he seemed like a great kid when covering him, and with the right practice and coaching, he could improve and make an impact for a lesser program, but his place is not at Washington.