JP Cortez returns as McAllen Memorial’s starting quarterback for his senior season. JP was thrown into action last season after an injury to Memorial’s starting quarterback Derek Silva. JP stepped in and never looked back leading McAllen Memorial to a 9-1 regular season and victories over Victoria West and Lanier in the playoffs. It was quite the year for a McAllen Memorial team that started with a strong run first ideology that gradually transitioned into a more balanced attack behind the arm of Cortez. Now it’s up to Cortez and the rest of the Mustangs to see if they can push further than ever before. I was able to talk to Cortez and get his thoughts on the upcoming season.
How do you feel the team played last season?
I thought the team played amazing last season, and it was great seeing everyone step up. The seniors were good leaders that definitely helped lead us through the season and into the playoffs.
How do you feel you played individually?
Individually I feel like I stepped up in the role as a starting quarterback and I feel like I matured and learned how to be a leader on and off the field. I’m hoping to carry that into this upcoming season.
Do you feel you got better and how do feel the team will play this season?
Definitely getting better day by day and consistently continuing to work hard. I feel like the team will do great this year! We are still working on the little things here and there that will help us get better. We graduated a lot of seniors this year, so we are looking to fill those spots up with guys that want to step up for us and contribute in a big way.
How is the off season going for you and what are the goals for this upcoming season?
The off season right now is working out and making sure our guys are ready. The off season is a time I take very seriously to get my body ready. I’m just focusing on my strength, throwing and making sure I’m a good leader. The goal for this year is always to be better than last year it’s going to be exciting seeing everyone stepping up to reach the goals we have set.
What’s it like playing in the Rio Grande Valley?
Playing in the Rio Grande Valley is amazing and the stands on Friday night is something that is always special. It’s even better when you’re headed deep in the playoffs because you bring the RGV with you and the people’s support! It’s amazing to play down here don’t get me wrong there’s a lot of talent down here in the RGV just like anywhere else in Texas.
Cortez has been working hard during the off season and was named a top quarterback performer in Plano, Texas. Cortez has a nice pocket presence, takes his time to scan the field and has excellent arm strength. I expect Cortez and the Mustangs to continue to improve this year and build off the momentum from last season. Cortez is one of the best quarterbacks in the Rio Grande Valley and he will showcase those skills in a big way this season.