It's been busy at home and at work despite it being the "holiday" season, so my blogging has suffered recently. But I wanted to bring to you one interesting tidbit that I haven't seen reported elsewhere. Reliable sources are telling me that Nate Montana, lately of the Pasadena City College, will be returning to Notre Dame for the Spring semester (which starts next Tuesday) and he will be playing football in the Spring.
I'm not sure Nate got what he wanted out of his time at PCC, but I am glad to see him back under the Dome. With Jimmy gone to the NFL (by way of the operating room) and Dayne Crist stuck on the sidelines (by way of the operating room), the Irish need some bodies in the mix at quarterback heading into Spring ball. In very limited action during last year's Blue & Gold game, Nate looked very good throwing the ball. He seems to have his dad's knack for throwing a very catchable ball, right on the money.
Joining Nate in the mix (I am assuming Crist will still be at least somewhat limited in the Spring) will be early enrollee Tommy Rees and possibly current wideout John Goodman, who has some QB experience in his background. Also on the roster at QB are walk-ons Brian Castello (6' 2" 191 Lbs. from Pittsburgh, currently a Junior) and Matthew Mulvey (6' 3" 197 Lbs. from Del Mar, CA, currently a Sophomore). With a new coaching staff, a new offense, and a gimpy Dayne Crist, you have to figure the competition at QB in the Spring will be wide open and I wouldn't presume to rule anybody in or out at this time. Who knows which guy might "get" Brian Kelly's offense first and surge to the lead? Will the smartest guy be the best fit? The mobile guys? The big-arm guys? We'll see.
Of course, everyone is still hoping that Coach Kelly will in fact get Andrew Hendrix's name on the line that is dotted come signing day. If that gets locked down Notre Dame will have plenty of talent at the quarterback position come August. Experience will be another matter entirely. We'll find out very soon what kind of coach Brian Kelly is.
At any rate, welcome back to Notre Dame, Nate Montana. And good luck!