Montana among eight Notre Dame players arrested

This certainly isn’t the way to live up to a great legacy.

Notre Dame quarterback Nate Montana, whose father Joe is one of the most popular figures in Fighting Irish history, and 10 other ND athletes were arrested on misdemeanor charges of underage drinking at an off-campus party Friday night.

Forty-four people in all were arrested after St. Joseph County police responded to a call about a fight near a roadway and discovered the party. Two non-athletes face a misdemeanor charge of providing alcohol to minors.

Montana, a walk-on who had an impressive performance in the spring game and enters fall as the backup to starter Dayne Crist, was the most recognizable football player involved. But wide receivers Robbie Toma and Tai-ler Jones, linebacker Steve Filer, kicker Nick Tausch, cornerback Lo Wood, and offensive linemen Chris Watt and Tate Nichols were among the other student-athletes arrested.

St. Joseph County Police assistant chief Bill Redman said that most of those arrested had been released on $150 bond. The players are scheduled to make court appearances July 30.

If convicted, each faces a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly is aware of the arrests and is still gathering information.

“If there is any team-related discipline to be issued, it would be handled internally,” he said.

Montana is expected to get pushed for the No. 2 spot by an incoming crop of freshmen signal-callers when practice begins next month.

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