A Montana Looks To Turn Around Tulane
By Dan Harralson
It has been 33 years since Joe Montana won his last Super Bowl.
The San Francisco 49ers convincingly won Super Bowl XXIV against the Denver Broncos, 55-10, in the Superdome. It was the last of Super Joe's four Super Bowl championships.
Fast forward 33 years and Montana is back in the Superdome. This time it is Nick Montana.
Montana's son started his career at Washington and then transferred to Mount San Antonio Junior College.
Montana has lived his collegiate career on a different level from his father. Joe was in the spotlight at Notre Dame and continued that professionally. Nick must win a competition to even cement his status a starting quarterback with the Green Wave, but he will use his past experiences and his father's to better his future.
“My dad is one of the most humble guys I know, so that’s a huge thing being around the team," Nick Montana said last week at the Manning Passing Academy. "A lot of people think coming in that Joe Montana’s son is gonna be a prick or something like that. He’s taught me a lot of leadership and just how to carry yourself."
Montana claims a career starting record of 38-3 to New Orleans: 27-1 at Oaks Christian High School, 0-1 at Washington, and 11-1 at Mount San Antonio.
His collegiate career is far from his dad's national championship career at Notre Dame, but Nick has a new chance to succeed.
Montana joins Eric Price's pass-oriented offense. Tulane in 2012 averaged 279.9 passing yards per game and only 39.6 on the ground.
Price is no stranger to high-octane offenses and is also no stranger to Conference USA following stints at UTEP (2004-07) and Memphis (2010-11). He also has his dad's offensive knowledge to fall back on. His dad, Mike, is famous for the Alabama strip club debacle, but was also known for his great offenses at Washington State and two Rose Bowl appearances.
Eric was his dad's quarterbacks coach at Washington State from 1998-2000, when the Cougars had one of their best runs. Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson enters his second season at Tulane and he needs a quarterback to emerge.
“The most impressive thing to me is his ability to win, his ability to lead the team," Johnson told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "I like him a lot and not just because he’s Joe Montana’s son, either. When you watch him, you watch stuff we do. You watch the full (verticals), the corner routes that we throw. So he definitely brings the experience factor."