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Nick Montana transferring from the Huskies

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Following up on transfer rumors from the past couple of days, it is now official that Washington quarterback Nick Montana will leave the Huskies, the school announced Monday night.

A report from TexasHSFootball.com came out late last week claiming Montana would be enrolling at Blinn College (TX), the former home of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton. A TV reporter in College Station later confirmed that there were discussions between Montana and Blinn about the possibility of transferring.

Washington’s release tonight’s doesn’t specifically state to where Montana is transferring, only that he has been granted release of his scholarship.

Montana was in a neck-and-neck battle with starter Keith Price during Washington’s spring practices last year, but ultimately lost out to the sophomore. Price went on to throw for over 3,000 yards and 33 passing touchdowns in 2011, and accounted for 7 total touchdowns in a 67-56 loss to Baylor in the Alamo Bowl.

Montana saw most of his action late in the season when Price suffered a knee injury against USC and recorded one start the next week against Oregon State, a 38-21 loss.

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17 Responses to “Nick Montana transferring from the Huskies”
  1. pdcooper08 says: Jan 16, 2012 8:31 PM

    I very surprised not to read that he is looking at Kansas as a place to land.

  2. harleyspoon says: Jan 16, 2012 8:48 PM

    I wish Montana had won out at Washington & Price had transferred to Baylor…That kid is Heisman material…

  3. pdcooper08 says: Jan 16, 2012 9:02 PM

    I keep reading post about QB’s transferring to baylor? Since when did baylor become the power house and a QB factory. Baylor didn’t win the Heisman, there QB did. And he happens to be one of a kind athlete. It was the player who won the award not the school. If I was a HS QB looking for a school, I just don’t see baylor on the short list. I’m not trying to disrespect, but it’s kinda a fact.

  4. laviebelge says: Jan 16, 2012 9:36 PM

    @ pdcooper08:

    Baylor isn’t a QB factory, but consider the last three QBs who started multiple seasons for Baylor’s coach, Art Briles:

    > Kevin Kolb, starter for the Arizona Cardinals
    > Case Keenum, the all-time leading passer in NCAA history
    > RGIII, you know the details

    That’s also kinda fact.

  5. cowhawkfan says: Jan 16, 2012 9:45 PM

    As a Husky fan, I’m sorry to see Montana go. Price will likely go Pro after next season, leaving Montana two years to start. This reminds me of the starting Arkansas QB, Mitch Mustain?? who transferred to USC to never be heard from again.

  6. burntorangehorn says: Jan 16, 2012 9:48 PM

    pdcooper, Baylor has Art Briles and Philip Montgomery, who coached Robert Griffin into a starter as a true freshman and eventually the Heisman winner. They also coached Case Keenum (2yrs.) and Kevin Kolb at Houston.

    Granted, they had one season where their QB’s didn’t really perform remarkably well, when Griffin went down for the season and Florence, Freeman, and Szymanski had to compete. But every single other season since Briles became a HC at Houston (with Montgomery coaching QB’s, RB’s, and later taking the OC position as well), they’ve had a future NFL quarterback at the position. Kolb started all four seasons (2003-2006), Keenum redshirted one (2006) and started one (2007) before the coaches left, and then they had Griffin (2008-2011, but missing a significant portion of and receiving a redshirt for 2009).

    I’m not trying to disrespect, but it’s kinda not a fact that you know what a HS or transfer QB should want in a program. If he wants to pass all over the place and have a shot at the NFL, going where Briles is coaching is a pretty decent decision.

  7. addict2sport says: Jan 16, 2012 10:30 PM

    Those Montana kids sure to transfer a lot. I guess they didn’t inherit their father’s competitiveness.

  8. christopher525 says: Jan 16, 2012 10:44 PM

    The question isn’t where he’s going for this season, it’s where he’s going to show up next year. He’s going to a D2 school so that he can continue to play while serving his “year off” for transferring. As soon as the season ends there he’ll be popping up elsewhere in the top level. Question is, who provides him the top chance to start in 2 years?

  9. cowhawkfan says: Jan 16, 2012 10:55 PM

    His mistake is…there is no guarantee r’ll be a starter no matter where he goes. He wasn’t good enoug to start at UW or to stick around and start his Junior and Senior year. Except for Newton, im mot sure transferring to a JC has ever worked for any QB on the way to the Pros. Correct me if im wrong…otherwise, Commence his fade into oblivion.

  10. bmceh says: Jan 16, 2012 11:35 PM

    Newsflash folks: he was never good enough to start at UW, thus the transfer. Price is the real deal and will battle Barkley for the best of the Pac honors next year. Plus, there are two BIG time blue chip QBs arriving in the fall. Montana seemed like a top notch team guy but the writing was on the wall that he’d likely never be the starter at UW. Hope the JC route works out for the kid.

  11. mrslay1 says: Jan 16, 2012 11:36 PM

    Baylor, COME ON MAN!!! Case K and kelvin Cobb. Your taking a lot of credit for very little.

  12. cosanostra71 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:37 AM

    cowhawk, UW is landing a very talented quarterback and a great person in general in Jeff Lindquist. I would expect him to be the ultimate replacement to Price once he moves on.

  13. daveyjones1 says: Jan 17, 2012 7:58 AM

    What happened to competing to earn your spot? This kinda thing is happening more and more in college football. Frankly it is kind of sad and a little scary. This kid can transfer to a junior college then to a BCS school play one season and be gone. Washington who put in the time and effort to recruit him is left out in the cold and now they need to recruit another QB to replace him.

  14. woebegong says: Jan 17, 2012 11:41 AM

    Is this new home for him a FCS school? If so, he could be going there to sharpen his skills and still land up on a FBS school, once he is better prepared. Please don’t compare him to a Cam Newton, because everybody knows why he landed there first.

  15. harleyspoon says: Jan 17, 2012 4:31 PM

    pdcoopero8, I didn’t say Montana would be a Heisman trophy winner…but he would be coached as well as any QB in the nation at Baylor given Briles’ (& Montgomery’s) record with QB’s as a high school coach, at U of Houston and at Baylor…Regarding RGIII, he did not win the Heisman by himself–which he readily acknowledges and touts…He had an offensive line (which was not considered one of the top OL’s in the nation before the season)…Briles had two 1st round OL’s drafted last year…and will have at least one drafted early this year…It takes great receivers and good OL protection to get the QB job done…not to mention very good running backs (Finley last year & Ganaway (1500+ yds this year)–Briles recruits those kind of people in order to give his QB’s a chance to be a great QB…Next year, Florence, who will be much better than he was as a freshman (re the earlier reference to him) when RGIII went down as evidenced by his 2nd half vs Texas Tech…pdcoopero8, you have to think outside the box in order to grasp the game of football…IT IS A TEAM GAME…BRILES GRASPS THAT…and I think you’d be impressed with the defensive people he is recruiting this year…You don’t have to be snide to present a case…But the above kinda trumps some of your “facts”…having said all of that, I suspect Price at Washington will be in the mix for next year’s Heisman….

  16. scoregasmic says: Jan 17, 2012 4:44 PM

    Yeah cause Kevin Kolb is really somethin…Baylor can go back to irrelevance now, it was fun while it lasted though right?

  17. burntorangehorn says: Jan 17, 2012 7:19 PM

    scoregasmic says:Jan 17, 2012 4:44 PM

    Yeah cause Kevin Kolb is really somethin…Baylor can go back to irrelevance now, it was fun while it lasted though right?
    =================================
    Obviously you meant to click on PFT, not CFT, because you apparently don’t pay attention to college football. Kevin Kolb was a terrific college quarterback, as were Keenum and Griffin. Also, Baylor might be losing a Heisman winner, but even without him, their talent is getting better every single year. That’s right: they will have more overall talent on the roster in terms of recruiting stars than they did last year.

    Griffin is almost certainly the best player ever at Baylor, although Smith was drafted earlier than Griffin probably will be. I believe Wright owns almost every significant receiving record Baylor has. Ganaway came into his own with a really solid senior season.

    That said, they return three of their four starting WRs, totally 152 receptions and 2406yds. this year. Salubbi just lost out the RB job to Ganaway, and both he and Martin return, although those two combined for just 98 carries for 599yds. Their TE’s return. They add former five-star RB Lache Seastrunk via transfer from Oregon.

    Three starters on the OL return, with a total of seven from the two-deep, and they add their prize 2011 recruit Spencer Drango off his redshirt year. Briles’ co-OC Randy Clement is really good at coaching up guys very quickly on the line, as I’m sure you’ll recognize names like Jason Smith (2nd overall in 2009), Danny Watkins (Philly’s 1st-rd pick in 2011), and J.D. Walton (3rd rd. by Denver in 2009), as well as conference and national honorees like former freshman all-american Ivory Wade. The line is going to be really good with the combination of returning talent and new faces.

    The defense, while it wasn’t really all that good, does return its best players, including Dixon. Overall they return eight starters and 19 from the two-deep. Phil Bennett’s no slouch at DC, and it’d be hard not to expect a better performance in 2012 than they had in 2011 on that side of the ball, even if a lot of that stems from not having to spend as much time on the field (quick RGIII/Wright strikes).

    Certainly losing college football’s top player will hurt them quite a bit, but as long as Florence/Petty/Singleton (or even 2012 target Jeremiah Briscoe, who is apparently a big LSU target with Kiel gone) picks up the system even a little bit, they’re probably going to be in very good shape to maintain relevance for quite a while. Briles knows what he’s doing.

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