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Notre Dame moves Luke Massa to receiver

Posted on: February 16, 2011 1:03 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

What was going to be a six horse race to be Notre Dame's starting quarterback in 2011 is now down to four. Nate Montana made it official and transferred to Montana on Monday, and now it's been confirmed that quarterback Luke Massa will be moving to wide receiver for the Irish. Much like Montana, Massa had the option to either switch positions or transfer to another school, and it seems he doesn't want to leave South Bend.

According to his high school coach, Steve Specht, it's a move that shouldn't be a major problem for Massa.

“I think Luke wished he had more time to prove himself at that position," Specht told the South Bend Tribune. "But on the other hand, this kid is all about helping Notre Dame. If they want him to clean the stadium, and that makes the team better, he'd be the first to do it. He'll embrace wide receiver.

“And as far as how good he can be? Well he's faster than people think. He can jump as high or higher than anybody on that team. He has phenomenal body control. I would not bet against Luke Massa.”

Massa certainly has the size to play receiver, as he's listed at 6'4 and 215 pounds. Which would mean that whichever quarterback winds up with the job, he'll have a large target to throw to.

It also means finding a starter will be a bit easier for head coach Brian Kelly. The general consensus is that Dayne Crist and Tommy Rees, who both started games in 2010, have the edge, but the coaching staff is also pretty high on Andrew Hendrix. Then there's the wild card of incoming freshman Everett Golson. Golson has already enrolled for the spring in South Bend, and some believe he's the best fit for Brian Kelly's offense. Of course, whether or not means he's ready to take over the offense from the start remains to be seen.

Though the last time Notre Dame found a dual-threat quarterback from South Carolina, Tony Rice, things turned out pretty well.
Comments

Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2011 10:56 am
 

Notre Dame moves Luke Massa to receiver

What is a "qbhahhaa" ?   And just some grammatical housekeeping: 'wait', 'i', 'brady', and 'quinn' should all be capitalized in the sentence fragment which lacks punctuation.  Also, replace the comma with a question mark.

Politely STFU and worry about posting something constructive.


As far as this move goes, having a big receiver (so long as he has hands) can never hurt.  It is sad to see Montana transfer.  The kids of that Mid 80's draft class just don't seem to have the stuff to make it in the bigs.  I know the chances are slim for any kid, but there has been a ton of those fizzle.

Both Simms
Elway
Montana




Since: Nov 28, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2011 10:03 am
 

Notre Dame moves Luke Massa to receiver

i remember when massa was in high school....
terrific average QB with size..

Massa also played basketball in high school



Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2011 9:39 pm
 

Notre Dame moves Luke Massa to receiver

What is a "qbhahhaa" ?   And just some grammatical housekeeping: 'wait', 'i', 'brady', and 'quinn' should all be capitalized in the sentence fragment which lacks punctuation.  Also, replace the comma with a question mark.



Since: Sep 14, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2011 9:15 pm
 

Notre Dame moves Luke Massa to receiver

remember when notre dame beat navy 52 times in a row?



Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2011 7:35 pm
 

Notre Dame moves Luke Massa to receiver

Remember when Navy Beat Notre Dame again, Notre is awful and will contiune to be so for a very long time.


wait i thought of a better one.... Remember when people thought brady quinn was a good qbhahhaa



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2011 6:51 pm
 

Notre Dame moves Luke Massa to receiver

Rees should start. Crist is a horrible QB. Is it any coincidence, that when he went down, ND started to win? Crist should transfer and no one would miss him.

Montana to play @ Montana? Too funny.



Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2011 6:24 pm
 

Notre Dame moves Luke Massa to receiver

Why would you make a comment that he will never get into a game, or catch a pass? 6'4" He was athletic enough to be a quarterback.  Give the kid a chance.



Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2011 5:47 pm
 

Notre Dame moves Luke Massa to receiver

I'm happy that Massa is staying at ND, but at the same time I do not fault Nate Montana for transferring. Montana wants playing time at the QB position and it became apparent that would not happen for him at Notre Dame.  So he decides to go elsewhere and I hope he has a dream season at Montana, a season he will fondly remember for the rest of his life.

As for Massa, he made the decision that ND was the right place for him regardless of where he lines up on the football field.  Now he has a chance to make his mark at WR.  You can't help but root for a kid that loves the school/team that much. I don't know what his chances are but he sounds like a very good athletes, so he just might make it happen. 




Gipper10
Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2011 5:25 pm
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