- Ivan Maisel, ESPN Senior Writer
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1. Nick Montana, the son of NFL legendary quarterback Joe Montana, appears to have found a home at Tulane. Nick started out at Washington and, not content with sitting behind Keith Price, transferred to Mt. San Antonio (Calif.) Junior College last season. In two Green Wave scrimmages last week, Montana completed 11 of 15 passes for 132 yards. The three other players competing with Montana for the Tulane starting job -- a redshirt freshman, a true freshman and a walk-on -- have never played college football.
2. In the days before air-conditioning, cooling off in the Deep South usually included an ice cold watermelon. It has been a tradition at Georgia, dating probably to the ‘70s, to mark the end of two-a-days with a watermelon cutting party. Bulldogs coach Mark Richt has added another annual marking of the close of the toughest part of August. He takes the team to the Gabrielsen Natatorium, where the freshmen are expected to jump off the 10-meter board. College football without tradition wouldn’t be nearly as much fun.
3. Big things have been expected of Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston ever since the Seminoles beat out Alabama, Stanford, Ohio State and LSU to sign him. It’s not just because of his athletic talent -- he pitched out of the bullpen and played outfield for Florida State last season -- but because of the good head on his shoulders. Coaches says he is a natural leader and his ego is clearly in check. I can’t wait to see him play at Pittsburgh on Labor Day night.