BILLINGS – Former Billings Senior star quarterback Nate Dick is coming home.

Dick is transferring from the University of Montana to Rocky Mountain College.

The dual-threat quarterback won Montana’s Gatorade Player of the Year award in 2016 after one of the best offensive seasons in Billings history. Dick put up 4,000 yards and 53 touchdowns in leading the Broncs to an undefeated state title.

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In a phone interview with Q2 in Billings, Dick said that the Griz coaching change played little part in his decision to transfer. For Dick, it was more about finding the right fit, his relationship with Rocky head coach Jason Petrino and being able to come home.

“I’m extremely excited. I mean, I miss Billings a lot. You know, that’s where I grew up, I’ve lived in the same house my entire life,” Dick said. “Just to be in that city with a lot of people that I know and stuff, it’s just going to be very exciting for me, and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to play college football in my hometown.”

Dick said he was being recruited by Rocky during his senior season, but the opportunity to play for the Griz was too good to pass up. He said he loved his time in Missoula, but over the course of the season it became evident that he missed Billings.

“I always thought I wanted to go somewhere else and play, but playing for the city of Billings is just something that is very important to me and something that I’ve really missed this year, so I’m just thankful that I get the opportunity to come back and do that,” Dick said.

Dick said he’s been given no guarantees from the Rocky coaching staff. He just looks forward to getting into practice and competing for the starting quarterback job.

Dick will have four years of eligibility remaining for the Battlin’ Bears and can start playing immediately.