Backup QB Noyer ready to con­trib­ute if needed

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Brian Howell Cliff Grass­mick, Daily Cam­era

BOUL­DER» Ideally, Steven Mon­tez will start ev­ery game for the Colorado foot­ball team this sea­son and prove he’s as good as ad­ver­tised.

His­tory sug­gests, how­ever, that at some point in the sea­son, Sam Noyer will be called upon to lead the of­fense, whether it’s for a few se­ries or a few games.

“Hon­estly it’s just to pre­pare each day like it is my team,” Noyer said of his ap­proach to the sea­son. “Just take it day by day, keep learn­ing and be pre­pared like I am the start­ing quar­ter­back.”

Last year, Mon­tez made three starts in the mid­dle of the sea­son in place of se­nior Sefo Li­u­fau, who sprained an an­kle. Mon­tez made re­lief ap­pear­ances in sev­eral other games, as well.

In 2015, Cade Ap­say was called upon to play the fi­nal two and a half games af­ter Li­u­fau in­jured his foot.

The last CU quar­ter­back to start ev­ery game in a sea­son was Cody Hawkins, in 2007.

“I’m def­i­nitely look­ing for­ward to it,” Noyer said. “When the time comes, if it comes, I’ll be ec­static.”

Mon­tez knows the im­por­tance of be­ing pre­pared as a backup and said Noyer is do­ing well to get ready.

“The thing I do is make sure Sam is good on his pro­tec­tions,” Mon­tez said. “Other than that, (the other quar­ter­backs) are work­ing on that on their own. Sam has been putting in tons of work get­ting in the play­book and know­ing what he’s do­ing. He knows where he’s go­ing with the ball most of the time.

“He has turned it up to an­other notch and picked up the play­book a lot quicker dur­ing this fall. He’s out there call­ing plays and run­ning it and it looks smooth and good. He’s ex­e­cut­ing plays re­ally well and it’s great.”

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Noyer, who is from Beaver­ton, Ore., spent last sea­son learn­ing the of­fense from Li­u­fau, Mon­tez and the coaches.

So far, Noyer’s only chances to play in front of fans have come in a cou­ple of scrim­mages. He threw for 165 yards and two touch­downs in the spring game. Last Satur­day in an open scrim­mage at Fol­som Field, he threw three touch­down passes.

Noyer has dis­played good me­chan­ics and a strong arm, and is also gain­ing more con­fi­dence.

“I feel strong,” he said. “I came out (this fall) and I’m just get­ting used to the of­fense again. We haven’t done it since spring. We’re tak­ing steps each day, but so far I feel good, I feel con­fi­dent back there.

“I’m start­ing to get a lot more con­fi­dence sit­ting in the pocket, know­ing my reads and know­ing the pro­tec­tion of the of­fense. If some­thing breaks down, know­ing where to go with the ball.”

In ad­di­tion to Noyer, the Buffs have been pleased with the progress made by true fresh­man Tyler Ly­tle, who they hope to red­shirt, and walk-on Casey Marks­berry.

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