Q Drennan looking to Blaze a trail in Lobo Country

As the old saying goes “Patience is a Virtue,” and there can be no better way to characterize former Americas Trailblazers football standout Q Drennan and his time at the University of New Mexico.
A highly-recruited college prospect in 2014, Drennan had a stellar senior season with the Trailblazers, accounting for 28 touchdowns. Drennan then chose to take his talents to Albuquerque and officially signed with the Lobos.
After redshirting his freshman season, he has been patiently waiting and studying the Lobos’ playbook and now has his sights set squarely on the 2016 season.
Drennan’s skills were on display Saturday afternoon at Lobo showcase, making a series of catches over Lobo defenders and spinning away from tacklers.
The 6’1″ wide-out has reliable set of hands that made him stand out during a San Antonio camp during his recruiting season, “I remember Bob DeBesse, the moment Q’ Drennan came out of camp, he called and said, ‘Hey, this kid is a no-brainer.’ He’s going to be a receiver for us.” Said Head Coach Bob Davie.
Drennan joins a UNM Offense that runs the Triple Option, which puts the Lobos at #9 in the nation in rushing, with an average of 252 yards per game and 3,278 total rushing yards in the 2015 season.
“Offensively we’re a big play team…maybe as big-play and explosive of a team as there is in college football,” Davie said. Now the Lobos look to become a little more balanced, aiming to get the passing element into full swing.
As Coach Davie enters his 5th season with New Mexico, he has been pleased with the way his players have performed this spring. ” These kids just really really like to play, and they like to compete…and – from a coaching standpoint – that makes coaching fun, ” says Davie.
With the addition of Drennan to the mix, Quarterbacks Lamar Jordan and Austin Apodaca have another weapon at the receiver position, alongside returning starters Delane Hart-Johnson and Dameon Gamblin. “We have been putting in some more up tempo plays and we have more calls where we can just go to line and run it, and not be to worried about the trickery where we can get the defense off guard,” says Drennan.
“I’m learning a lot , more than I knew before at the receiver position,” adds Drennan, “the defensive backs react a lot faster and you have to make reads at the receiver position and route adjustments that we work on everyday.”
Q Drennan and the New Mexico Lobos open up the 2016 season at home versus South Dakota on September 3rd



A look into 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.

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 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.”

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.


Play Ball! Padres @ Chihuahuas

Southwest Univeristy Park, El Paso  Texas

Its finally here… Baseball season!

The start of the 2016 Baseball season started out with a bang, as the El Paso Chihuahuas hosted is Parent Club the San Diego Padres in an exhibition game at Southwest University Park. The city of El Paso has not hosted a Major League team since 2003, so it was great to see that “We” are finally moving on up in drawing back name acts to the Sun City.

Playing infront of crowd of 10,022 (3rd largest in history) the Padres and Chihuahuas put on a Show. The Dawgs took an early first inning lead with aPadres at Chih-58.jpg two-run home run by Hunter Renfroe and an RBI single by Yeison Asencio

Not to be out dueled the Padres showed why they are the Big Brothers in this contest starting off with  4 run second inning  with a rally that included a two-run home run by Jabari Blash. Blash crushed the ball out of Southwest University park to the cheers of 10,000 strong in attendance!

The Dawgs fought back and tied it up 7-7 in the bottom of the 4th inning until Travis Jankowski hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the top of the sixth where the Padres  went ahead for good.

Looking good for El Paso was Hunter Renfroe  as he hit two home runs and drove in six for for the Chihuahuas.

San Diego’s DH Jabari Blash went 4-for-5 with two home runs and five RBIs.

We are ready to see if both squads can make us proud and compete in the beloved baseball Post season. I know I will be cheering them on and have been blessed with the opportunity to at least capture the action of Our Chihuahuas home games!

Remember its time to #FearTheEars !

and stay tuned for more action from our El Paso Chihuahuas!

Here are some highlights from the contest including some shots of Oakland A’s & St Louis Cardinal Superstar Mark “Big Mack” Mcguire.



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San Diego Padres Outfielder #27 Matt Kemp During pregame warm-ups @ Southwest University Park. The Padres Played in an exhibition game vs their Minor league club the El Paso Chihuahuas
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San Diego Padres Coaching Staff during Player introductions @ Southwest University Park. The Padres Played in an exhibition game vs their Minor league club the El Paso Chihuahuas
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San Diego Padres Batting coach Mark McGuire @ Southwest University Park. The Padres Played in an exhibition game vs their Minor league club the El Paso Chihuahuas
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San Diego Padres Outfielder #27 Matt Kemp During player introductions @ Southwest University Park. The Padres Played in an exhibition game vs their Minor league club the El Paso Chihuahuas
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El Paso Chihuahuas Mascot “Chico”
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El Paso Chihuahuas Mascot “Chico” during the National Anthem
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3rd base at Southwest University Park
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San Diego Padres Mascot Swinging Friar pointing to the crowd of 10,022 in attendance
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San Diego Padres Cory Spangenberg
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San Diego Padres Starting pitcher Robbie Erlin
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San Diego Padres DH Jabari Blash with his second home run on the evening
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San Diego Padres DH Jabari Blash with his second home run on the evening

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San Diego Outfielder #27 Matt Kemp taking a bow in front of the 10,022 in attendance at Southwest University Park

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Padres Outfielder Matt Kemp is in all smiles during the exhibition game vs the El Paso Chihuahuas at Southwest University Park
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