Metz not complacent, Torrez makes case as backup QB

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RUIDOSO, N.M. (CBS4) -- For the first time in four years, red-shirt junior quarterback Ryan Metz is going to into a season as the starting quarterback. Last season, Metz played in 11 games and threw for 14 touchdowns allowing just 4 interceptions.

"He's confident, you can see it," says UTEP head coach Sean Kugler. "He used to be jittery, but he now he's much more calm and confident and his teammates believe in him."

"I'm just trying to lead the team, control the tempo and be the best leader I can be, "says Metz." "I don't feel like I'm the definite starter, so I am always trying to prove myself and get better." Last year, the junior from Andress High School threw 14 touchdown passes and just 4 interceptions.

UTEP's backup QB position is up for grabs but the Miners really like what they see right now from Mark Torrez, who played his high school ball at Eastwood High School. If Torrez wins the backup spot, then UTEP's number-one and number-two quarterbacks will both be players who are from El Paso.

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