|Nick Montana as a UW backup. (US Presswire)|
Next stop in the nomadic career of Nick Montana: The Big Easy.
According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Montana -- son of NFL Hall-of-Famer Joe Montana -- has decided to transfer to Tulane after a year in junior college. He hopes to compete for the starting job next season, which is expected to be the Green Wave's last as a member of Conference USA before joining the Big East in 2014.
A three-star recruit out of Westlake Village, Calif., near Los Angeles, Montana originally signed with Washington in 2010, and spent two seasons in Seattle as a backup. In 2011, he appeared in six games with one start in place of injured starter Keith Price. But he opted to transfer in January in search of more playing time. He spent the 2012 season back in Southern California, at Mt. San Antonio Community College, where he led the Mounties to an 11-1 record while passing for 2,652 yards, 22 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Montana comes to Tulane with two years of eligibility remaining and an opportunity to immediately replace outgoing starter Ryan Griffin, who also came to New Orleans from Westlake Village. His main competition for the job will be Devin Powell, who struggled through two starts as a true freshman when Griffin was injured in September. Powell did not see the field again during the last nine games.
Montana's older brother, Nate, has led a similar wayfaring existence, including stops at a California junior college and the University of Montana, as well as two stints as a walk-on at his father's alma mater, Notre Dame. He just finished his senior season as the starting quarterback at West Virginia Wesleyan College, a Division II school in Buckhannon, W.Va.