Chad Chalich, who left the Idaho football team after the season, will transfer to Montana, a source close to the quarterback said. The Coeur d'Alene High grad played in four games last season, completing 36-of-64 passes for 491 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also ran for 160 yards on 24 carries with a touchdown.
Chalich, the Idaho Statesman's two-time 5A player of the year, started the first seven games of the 2013 season as a redshirt freshman before a season-ending injury. He lost out to redshirt freshman Matt Linehan for the starting job last fall.
Montana recently hired former Colorado School of Mines coach Bob Stitt, widely considered one of the top offensive minds in the sport. In his pass-heavy system, quarterbacks have thrived — the Orediggers led the nation with 4,539 passing yards last season.
The Grizzlies will need to replace senior Jordan Johnson at quarterback. Among the five likely competitors in addition to Chalich is Capital High grad Makena Simis, who will be a redshirt sophomore. Chalich, since he transferred from an FBS to an FCS school, will immediately be eligible as a redshirt junior. Montana officials did not comment on the transfer, saying they cannot until the semester begins Monday. Chalich's Facebook page lists him as a current Montana and former Idaho student.