TUCSON – As the Wildcats prep to go up against Colorado on Friday night, defensive players know they have to stop Buffaloes QB Steven Montez. Montez grew up in El Paso, TX (Del Valley High School) and has faced fellow El Pasoan Tristan Cooper (U of A safety) in high school (Andress High). Here’s a preview of the big matchup set to start at 7 p.m. at Arizona Stadium.
Arizona’s Tristan Cooper says he remembers one meeting between his team and Montez’s Del Valle squad in El Paso. Cooper told News 4 Tucson’s Paul Cicala “He ran the ball on us. That’s what he did,” said Cooper remembering their 2013 clash. “You know, he’s a great quarterback. The dude is 6’5″ now, 230 (pounds). He can run, he can throw, has a strong arm. Being able also to play against another guy from El Paso is also going to be very exciting.”
Steven Montez says he’s looking forward to playing in front his mother and grandparents, who live in Arizona. Other friends and family can take the 4 hour drive from El Paso to Tucson. “You’ve kind of got to have a little chip on your shoulder,” said Montez,”You’ve got to be hungry. And I think that our guys have that, and we’re doing a good job just keeping that attitude around the entire team.”