Green Wave become bowl eligible for first time since 2002; improve to 6-2 overall and 4-0 in C-USA
Green Wave earn Homecoming victory to improve to 4-2 on the year and 2-0 in Conference USA play
Green Wave score 17-straight second-half points to improve to 2-1 on the young season
Ryan Grant posts career highs with 14 catches for 187 yards; Nick Montana tosses three scoring strikes
Green Wave defense forces six turnovers, Orleans Darkwa runs for 50 yards and two scores in the win
Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013
Tulane vs. UTEP - Nov. 23, 2013 - Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Career Notes: Three-year collegiate letterman - one at Washington, one at Mount San Antonio Junior College and one at Tulane - has completed 385-of-659 passes (.554) for 4,595 yards, 39 touchdowns and 23 interceptions while running 124 times for 159 yards (1.3 avg) and three scores for his career...played in 29 games with 24 starts...enters fall practice No. 3 on the depth chart at quarterback.
2013: Started all 11 games he played in as a junior...led the team in pass attempts (296), completions (158), passing yards (1,717), touchdown passes (14) and yards of total offense (1,721)...finished sixth in Conference USA in touchdown passes, seventh in completion percentage (.534) and completions per game (14.36), eighth in passing yards, ninth in passing efficiency (111.1), passing yards per game (156.5) and yards per completion (10.90), and 10th in yards of total offense per game (156.9)...ranked 74th in the nation in touchdown passes, 79th in completions per game, 86th in yards per completion, 87th in passing yards per game, 91st in passing yards, 94th in passing efficiency and 96th in completion percentage...had a career-best three touchdowns on two occasions: vs South Alabama (9/7) and vs UTEP (11/23)...posted career highs with 29 completions and 47 pass attempts (.617) to go with his three scores and a season-best 327 yards vs South Alabama...threw for 200-plus yards on two other occasions: 235 with two touchdowns on 20-of-36 passing (.555) at Louisiana Tech (9/12) and 213 with a scoring strike on 22-of-38 passing (.579) at Syracuse (9/21)...completed 12-of-19 passes (.631) for 171 yards in his three-touchdown effort vs UTEP...had a pair of touchdown tosses to go with 144 passing yards vs Jackson State (8/29)...tallied 199 yards on 18-of-33 passsing (.545) at UTSA (11/9)...added single-touchdown showings at ULM (9/28), vs North Texas (10/5) and at Rice (11/30).
Prior To Tulane: Two-year collegiate letterman originally signed with the University of Washington in 2010 before spending the 2012 season at Mt. San Antonio College...in his lone season at the junior college level, earned first-team All-Southern California Football Association honors after completing 203-of-321 passes (.632) and leading the Mounties to an 11-1 overall record, the National Division title and a spot in the conference title game...also ran for 187 yards and three touchdowns...passed for 300-plus yards on three occasions, including a career-best 330 after completing 20-of-29 passes with a pair of touchdown strikes at Saddleback (9/1/12)...had three-touchdown performances vs Grossmont (10/6/12), at Los Angeles Harbor (10/13/12) and against Riverside (11/10/12)...completed at least 60.0 percent of his passes on three occasions, including an 80.6 clip after completing 25-of-31 tosses for 319 yards vs Riverside...after redshirting as a true freshman at Washington in 2010, completed 24-of-42 passes (.571) for 226 yards and three scores for the Huskies in 2011...in his lone start in a Washington uniform, threw for 79 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Oregon State (11/19/11)...first extensive action came vs USC (11/12/11) when he came off the bench to complete 9-of-15 passes for 73 yards and a score.
High School: Two-year letterman at Oaks Christian High for coach Bill Redell...rated a four-star recruit by ESPN.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com while garnering three stars from Rivals.com...listed as the No. 13 pocket passer nationally by ESPN.com and the No. 13 pro-style quarterback by 247Sports.com while being listed as the No. 19 and No. 22 quarterback in the country by Scout.com and Rivals.com, respectively...tabbed the No. 24 recruit in the state by ESPN.com, 37 by 247Sports.com and 56 by Rivals.com...rated No. 300 overall recruit in the nation by Scout.com...received a 91 rating by 247Sports.com and a 79 Scout Grade by ESPN.com...also named to the "Dream Team and listed as a Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100, rated as the No. 34 prospect in the country by PrepStar, the No. 42 prospect in the state by Contra Costa Times "Cream of the Crop, and the No. 13 quarterback in the nation by Tom Lemming...helped lead the Bulldogs to a 27-1 overall record as a starter, including a CIF championship as a junior, and was selected to play in the prestigious Under Armour All-American Game...as a senior, tallied 2,636 yards and 34 touchdowns on 155-of-267 passing, helped his team go 13-1 and win the Tri-Valley League Crown en route to claiming All-CIF Southern Section Northwest Division and Los Angeles Daily News All-Area honors...as a junior, earned Los Angeles Daily News Newcomer of the Year after completing 133-of-241 passes for 2,404 yard and 33 touchdowns...played freshman and sophomore seasons at De La Salle High School.
Personal: Born Nicholas Alexander Montana on April 28, 1992, in San Francisco, Calif...son of Joe and Jennifer Montana...one brother, Nathaniel, and two sisters: Elizabeth and Alexandra...father, Joe, played collegiately at Notre Dame and spent 16 years in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers (1979-92) and Kansas City Chiefs (1993-94) where he claimed All-Pro honors on six occasions, earned a spot in the Pro Bowl eight times, claimed a pair of NFL MVP trophies, led the 49ers to four Super Bowl titles, claimed Super Bowl MVP distinction three times, named to the NFL 75th Anniversary Team and the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame...brother, Nathaniel, played collegiately at Notre Dame, Montana and West Virginia Wesleyan...majoring in business management.
Montana's Career Passing Stats