BILLINGS - Just over three weeks ago Nate Dick was named Rocky Mountain College's starting quarterback to open the 2019 season. Thursday he will have season-ending surgery, Bears' head coach Chris Stutzriem told MTN Sports on Wednesday before practice.
Montana's 2016 Gatorade Football Player of the Year has a broken bone in his foot -- the opposite foot that sidelined Dick for much of last season. Stutzriem says both breaks were due to a genetic issue that Dick has only become aware of in recent years.
Dick helped lead Rocky to a season-opening 23-21 road win at Dickinson State, passing for 142 yards and two touchdowns, while throwing one interception. He also rushed for 45 yards in the win. Dick was hurt early in Rocky's 53-34 win over Montana State University-Northern, throwing only four passes, one for a touchdown. Dick tried to go again last Saturday in a 44-7 loss at Carroll College, but managed only two pass attempts.
While at Billings Senior, Dick was twice named Class AA Offensive MVP of Montana and is Class AA’s all-time high school touchdown leader with 120.
Drew Korf becomes Rocky's starter and will lead the Bears in Saturday's 1 p.m. Homecoming Hall of Fame Game against Montana Western. In three games this season the junior from Boise is 46-of-83 passing for 611 yards, with six touchdowns and four interceptions.