Cota Looks to Bounce Back Versus Stout Mines Defense

Mesa Mavericks
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Colorado Mesa University football coach Russ Martin said at the beginning of the season his freshman quarterback Andrew Cota is one of the most talented freshman he’s ever coach, and up until last week’s loss to Fort Lewis College, Cota looked unstoppable. Cota didn’t look as good in his last game, however, but Cota is ready to bounce back.

Saturday’s 28-20 loss to the Skyhawks was really the first time in his short collegiate career Cota looked like a true freshman, completing less than fifty percent of his passes, and throwing three interceptions. But Cota put that behind him, and is ready to take on the challenge of facing the 18th-ranked Colorado School of Mines Orediggers this weekend.

“This is a big week. It’s basically where you show what you’re made of. And [I need to] come out, and just don’t play like a true freshman,” said Andrew Cota, CMU quarterback.

Cota’s head coach hasn’t lost faith in his young prodigy, either.

“Andrew is an outstanding young man, and it hurt last week when he didn’t play as well. So I think what you’re gonna see, is you’re gonna see him really focus in. He’s had a great week of practice, and that’s what we have to keep focusing on for him. I think he’ll take care of fundamentals, and he’ll be ready to go,” said Russ Martin, CMU football head coach.

Cota and the Mavericks face the second-best defense in the RMAC on Saturday. The Orediggers are giving up just 20.5 points per game.

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