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HP Exclusive: A Look at The Steven Montez Era in Boulder

When former Del Valle High School football standout Steven Montez officially signed with the University of Colorado during his senior season, fans of the young man knew it was only just a matter of time for the 6’4″ 2nd Team Texas All-State team quarterback to make his presence known in Rocky Mountains.

In front of an energetic crowd of 5,100, the Buffaloes held their spring football game on Saturday April 9.  Steven Montez and the Buffs were led out by “Ralphie” at Folsom Field.

The former Conquistador took the field dressed in Colorado’s all white uniform, along with the rest of the first team. CU has revamped their offense to more of an up-tempo strategy this spring, due to an injury of  starter Sefo Liufau.

Buffs QB Steven Montez With the pass attempt during CU spring game in Boulder Colorado
Buffs QB Steven Montez With the pass attempt during CU spring game in Boulder Colorado

Montez, a red-shirt freshman, was able to share the reps along with Junior Jordan Gehrke with the first group for the 13 spring practices.

In Saturday’s scrimmage, the Buffaloes offense seemed a little bit jittery for the first few possessions. Some dropped passes and some false starts stalled the early drives for the Buffs.

Montez and the Buff’s offense started to find their rhythm in the 4th series with some quick completions to Wideouts Devin Ross and Shay Fields.

Showing his versatility, Montez made some plays with his legs by breaking free from defenders and scrambling for positive yardage. The drive was capped off with a 16 yard rushing touchdown from Michael Adkins.

During the team’s two-minute-series, Buffs QB coach Brian Lindgren said, ” I think the guys saw him (Montez) make some plays, and just the way he carries himself on the field…”

Lindgren went on to say “We (the coaching staff) have been really impressed with Steven’s development through the spring and being able

Buffs QB Steven Montez breaking away from Buffs defender #96 jimmy Gilbert Jr
Buffs QB Steven Montez breaking away from Buffs defender #96 jimmy Gilbert Jr

to make bunch of plays.”

Montez feels his confidence growing and knows what that means for his teammates.

“I think everyone has a little more confidence in me, and they believe that I can do the job…when I get to that point – and I’m ready in the fall – if I get a chance to compete, I’ll compete for that starting job. I hope I just have a chance to prove that I have what it takes to lead this team to a lot of wins this year and the future” said Montez.

On his Spring evaluation Montez said,  “Now I feel like I’ve got a really clean grasp of the playbook and the reads…I think I put down a good foundation, I just need to keep learning and carry that into the fall.”

After the scrimmage, Montez was selected “Most Improved Offensive Back”.

Head Coach Mike MacIntyre was asked about the leaps and bounds Steven Montez made during spring..

“He’s got a lot of confidence…in himself and in the team too, that’s a big part of being quarterback. You can see he’s athletic, can throw and he has a big arm”.

Of Steven being named the starter on opening day, MacIntyre says, “I don’t know if he is quite ready for that yet. But I think athletically, his ability, and all that he does, he is going to be a really good player here for us for a really long time.”

Buffs QB Steven Montez With fans after the CU spring game in Boulder Colorado
Buffs QB Steven Montez With fans after the CU spring game in Boulder Colorado

There was a lot of support for Montez at Folsom field; after the scrimmage fans, were able to head to the field and take pictures with their favorite players and Steven’s line was by far the busiest. Taking pictures and signing autographs for the Colorado fans both young and old alike; all with with huge smiles on their face as he signs their CU memorabilia.

After the session, Steven shared his thoughts about playing for Colorado, “I feel a very good vibe here in Boulder, and I heard from people here around campus, that they are looking forward to seeing me play , they have faith and confidence in me, that’s all I need.”

Of course, fans will have to wait until August to see if Steven can make the jump to the number one spot, but there is one thing that is certain, a foundation is being built.

His growth into a college quarterback is moving at a rapid rate, earning the confidence in fellow teammates and coaching staff, showing them of what a kind of leader he is and can be.

It’s only year one in Boulder and there is buzz, which is great for the program that is coming off a rough 2015 campaign. Colorado is looking to get back to competing for Pac-12 Championships and National Championships. Confidence is contagious and when everyone starts playing with it, it can lead to great things. We will just have to wait and see, and we know the future is bright.

Montez is becoming a fan favorite amongst CU faithful, and here in El Paso he will always be one of El Paso’s favorite sons.

“I have a very strong bond between me and El Paso, I just want to represent and make them proud.” Montez exclaimed, his trademark smile lighting up the field in Boulder, just like it had in the Sun City.

Folsom Field, Boulder Colorado
Folsom Field, Boulder Colorado
CU Buffs QB Steven Montez
CU Buffs QB Steven Montez
Buffs QB Steven Montez During CU spring game, Boulder Colorado
Buffs QB Steven Montez During CU spring game, Boulder Colorado
Buffs QB Steven Montez With the pass attempt during CU spring game in Boulder Colorado
Buffs QB Steven Montez With the pass attempt during CU spring game in Boulder Colorado
Colorado Buffaloes defensive unit
Colorado Buffaloes defensive unit
Buffs QB Steven Montez Handing the ball to #16 Micheal Adkins for a 16 Ted run during CU spring game in Boulder Colorado
Buffs QB Steven Montez Handing the ball to #16 Micheal Adkins for a 16 Ted run during CU spring game in Boulder Colorado
Buffs QB Steven Montez With the pass attempt during CU spring game in Boulder Colorado
Buffs QB Steven Montez With the pass attempt during CU spring game in Boulder Colorado
Buffs QB Steven Montez during CU spring game in Boulder Colorado
Buffs QB Steven Montez during CU spring game in Boulder Colorado
Colorado silver helmet style.
Colorado silver helmet style.
Colorado Head coach Mike MacIntyre
Colorado Head coach Mike MacIntyre
Colorado Buffaloes #5 Shay Fields jr with the touchdown. Catch
Colorado Buffaloes #5 Shay Fields jr with the touchdown. Catch
Folsom Field
Folsom Field
Buffs QB Steven Montez With the pass attempt during CU spring game in Boulder Colorado
Buffs QB Steven Montez With the pass attempt during CU spring game in Boulder Colorado
Buffs QB Steven Montez With the hand off to Phillip Lindsay during CU spring game in Boulder Colorado
Buffs QB Steven Montez With the hand off to Phillip Lindsay during CU spring game in Boulder Colorado
"Ralphie Run" leads the buffs onto the field
“Ralphie Run” leads the buffs onto the field

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Buffs QB Steven Montez With fans after the CU spring game in Boulder Colorado
Buffs QB Steven Montez With fans after the CU spring game in Boulder Colorado
Buffs QB Steven Montez With fans after the CU spring game in Boulder Colorado
Buffs QB Steven Montez With fans after the CU spring game in Boulder Colorado
Buffs QB Steven Montez With fans after the CU spring game in Boulder Colorado
Buffs QB Steven Montez With fans after the CU spring game in Boulder Colorado
Buffs QB Steven Montez With fans after the CU spring game in Boulder Colorado
Buffs QB Steven Montez With fans after the CU spring game in Boulder Colorado
Buffs QB Steven Montez With fans after the CU spring game in Boulder Colorado
Buffs QB Steven Montez With fans after the CU spring game in Boulder Colorado
Buffs QB Steven Montez With fans after the CU spring game in Boulder Colorado
Buffs QB Steven Montez With fans after the CU spring game in Boulder Colorado

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Del Valle highest-ranked EP-area football team in Top-10 Polls, Others get votes

The Del Valle Conquistadores are the highest-ranked El Paso-area football team in the most recent Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) coaches polls released by TheAthleticsDepartment.com.

This is the second season the THSCA and TheAthleticsDepartment.com have worked together to produce regional football polls voted on by the coaches. There are 32 weekly polls ranking the Top 10 football teams in the four regions of the UIL’s Class 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A and 2A.

The polls are voted on by a representative from each district. Each voter votes on his own region and submits a Top 10 with a first-place vote worth 10 points, second place 9, and so on down to one point for 10th.

The poll results are released to the media via email and posted on theAthleticsDepartment.com every Monday at 3 P.M. CST.

There will be a total of 12 polls for every region: one preseason poll, 10 regular-season polls, released every Monday beginning today, August 31; and one final poll released on November 9.

Class 6A

Here are The Texas High School Coaches Association regional coaches polls released by TheAthleticsDepartment.com. The poll is voted on by a panel of THSCA members. The poll is displayed with first-place votes in parentheses, records, points based on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, and the team’s ranking in last week’s poll:

Class 6A, Region I

Rank Team Record Points Prev
1 Allen (8) 1-0-0 80 1
2 Cedar Hill 1-0-0 66 2
3 Arlington Martin 1-0-0 61 5
4 Euless Trinity 1-0-0 58 7
5 DeSoto 0-1-0 32 3
6 Southlake Carroll 0-1-0 28 4
7 San Angelo Central 1-0-0 23 8
8 Denton Guyer 0-1-0 15 6
9 Odessa Permian 1-0-0 14 15
10 Coppell 1-0-0 11 NR

Others receiving votes:

Abilene 9; Plano 8; Lewisville Marcus 7; McKinney Boyd 7; Arlington Lamar 6; Amarillo 5; Mansfield 5; Plano West 3; El Paso Americas 1; El Paso Franklin 1.

Class 5A

Here are The Texas High School Coaches Association regional coaches polls released by TheAthleticsDepartment.com. The poll is voted on by a panel of THSCA members. The poll is displayed with first-place votes in parentheses, records, points based on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, and the team’s ranking in last week’s poll:

Class 5A, Region I

 

Rank Team Record Points Prev
1 Aledo (4) 0-1-0 69 1
2 Everman (4) 1-0-0 65 4
3 Fort Worth Arlington Heights 1-0-0 54 3
4 Canyon Randall 1-0-0 48 5
5 Azle 1-0-0 37 6
6 Lake Dallas 1-0-0 27 9
7 El Paso Del Valle 1-0-0 21 8
8 Abilene Cooper 1-0-0 19 17
9 Lubbock-Cooper 1-0-0 17 11
10 Canutillo 0-1-0 13 2
10 Canyon 1-0-0 13 12

Others receiving votes: Burleson 10; Burleson Centennial 10; Denton 8; Wichita Falls Rider 6; El Paso Eastlake 4; Fort Worth Dunbar 4; Amarillo Palo Duro 3; El Paso Andress 3; Cleburne 2; Fort Worth Boswell 2; Fort Worth South Hills 2; Saginaw 2; White Settlement Brewer 1.

Class 2A

Here are The Texas High School Coaches Association regional coaches polls released by TheAthleticsDepartment.com. The poll is voted on by a panel of THSCA members. The poll is displayed with first-place votes in parentheses, records, points based on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, and the team’s ranking in last week’s poll:

Class 2A, Division II, Region II

Rank Team Record Points Prev
1 Albany (4) 1-0-0 40 1
2 Munday 1-0-0 29 4
3 Iraan 1-0-0 26 3
4 Santo 1-0-0 24 6
5 Haskell 1-0-0 20 9
6 Roscoe 0-1-0 17 5
7 Electra 0-1-0 12 8
7 Hamlin 0-1-0 12 2
9 Menard 1-0-0 11 NR
9 Wink 1-0-0 11 10

Others receiving votes : Miles 9; Eldorado 4; Perrin-Whitt 3; Petrolia 1; Van Horn 1.

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