#16 Nate Montana
CAREER: Enters the fall season as the backup quarterback to junior Dayne Crist … originally joined the Irish as a preferred walk-on in the fall of 2008 … spent the 2009 season at Pasadena Community College before returning to Notre Dame this past spring … raw but talented quarterback progressed throughout spring, capped off by a sterling performance in the spring game … completed 18 of 30 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns to help guide the Gold squad to a 27-19 victory in the 2010 Blue-Gold Game.
2009 (SOPHOMORE): Transferred to Pasadena Community College … completed 31 of 88 passes for 324 yards with two TDs and five interceptions.
2008 (FRESHMAN): Did not see game action as a preferred walk-on.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Attended Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa, Calif. until transferring to scholastic powerhouse De La Salle for senior campaign … connected on 12 of 19 passes for 166 yards and a TD at De La Salle … added 33 yards rushing on 17 carries … did not participate in football until freshman year of high school … son of NFL Hall-of-Fame and former Irish quarterback Joe (1975-78) and Jennifer Montana … elder Montana helped lead Notre Dame to the 1977 National Championship … two older sisters, Alexandra ([apos]07) and Elizabeth ([apos]08), each graduated from Notre Dame … younger brother, Nick, is a freshman quarterback at the University of Washington … born Oct. 3, 1989 … full name is Nathaniel Joseph Montana … enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in finance.