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Buffs’ Steven Montez, Afolabi Laguda shake off big hits, ready for Wildcats

Colorado quarterback Steven Montez answers questions during Tuesday's weekly luncheon.
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Colorado quarterback Steven Montez answers questions during Tuesday’s weekly luncheon.

When he first went down after a blindsided hit on Saturday at UCLA, it appeared that Afolabi Laguda could be out a while.

Less than a quarter later, he was back on the field, finishing the game at his usual safety spot in the Colorado defense.

“It was adrenaline,” Laguda said of what got him through the fourth quarter of CU’s 27-23 loss to the Bruins. “After the game I felt every piece of it.”

Laguda, a senior captain, has been limited in practice so far this week as he recovers from the hit delivered by UCLA’s Jordan Lasley, but he has no doubt he’ll be on the field when the Buffs (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12) face Arizona (2-2, 0-1) on Saturday at Folsom Field.

“I feel good,” he said. “I’ve been working with the training staff. I feel fresh. Obviously I’m a little limited because they want to take their precautions, but I know for a fact that I’ll be out there Saturday. I’ll be healthy.”

Quarterback Steven Montez will be on the field, too. The sophomore endured several big hits against the Bruins and was slow to get up a few times, but brushed it off Tuesday.

“I’m feeling good, just getting a ton of rest, taking a couple Epsom salt baths, getting my body right,” he said. “I feel good though. I mean, we’re playing football here; it’s not like golf where you’re just standing out there swinging clubs… no offense to Tiger (Woods), Rory (McIlroy) and all them; they’re freaks too.

“Yeah, I’m a little sore. It’s a contact sport so you’re going to be a little sore after games. (I’m) not any more sore than I’ve been.”

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