Freshman QB Being Evaluated; Holbrook’s Knee Hurting
Lobos quarterback Cole Gautsche, who took a blow to the head during last Saturday’s 35-23 victory over Hawaii, returned to Albuquerque on Monday after being kept in Honolulu for observation on Sunday.
Gautsche, a true freshman from Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, did not attend Monday’s practice. He will be further evaluated today, coach Bob Davie said. His availability for Saturday’s game at Air Force (3-3 overall, 2-1 Mountain West Conference play) is yet to be determined.
“We’ll just take the next step from there,” Davie said. “But, really, no setbacks, no recurring symptoms. … He’ll be evaluated and go through a battery of tests, and then it’ll be day by day.”
Gautsche has been a major contributor towards the Lobos’ surprising 4-3 record (1-1 in conference play). He is UNM’s second-leading rusher with 413 yards and has the team’s best average yards per carry (7.9).
He’s had runs from scrimmage of 76 (for a touchdown at Hawaii), 53, 47 and 40 yards this season, all on option keepers, and has rushed for five touchdowns.
INJURY UPDATE: Senior B.R. Holbrook, the other half of UNM’s quarterback tandem, played at Hawaii with a knee injury.
Offensive right tackle Korian Chambers missed most of the Hawaii game with an ankle sprain.
“Not much has changed,” Davie said. “(Chambers’ ankle) is not gonna get better right away. B.R.’s knee is gonna be what his knee is every week.”
True freshman offensive guard Garrett Adcock played only four snaps at Hawaii because of a shoulder injury, Davie said.
There are other nagging injuries, he said, mentioning outside linebacker Joseph Harris (knee), strong safety Matt Raymer (knee) and cornerback Tim Foley (shoulder), but “no real major setbacks coming out of the game other than Cole, and maybe Korian.”
THERE’S THE BEEF: Junior guard Calvin McDowney and sophomore tackle Jamal Price, the Lobos’ two biggest offensive linemen, played most of the Hawaii game on the right side of center.
Price, who’s listed at 6-foot-6 and 332 pounds, played in place of Chambers (6-6, 302). McDowney, 6-3 and 350, played all but a few snaps at right guard because of Adcock’s shoulder injury.
McDowney and Price, Davie said, did “really well. It’s encouraging.”
Davie said the starting nod at right guard could be up for grabs this week between Adcock and McDowney.
“As thin as we are, I think we hae a little competition on that right side now,” Davie said. “And that’s good.”
DOUBLE TROUBLE: At Hawaii, Gautsche and junior running back Kasey Carrier became the first New Mexico duo to each rush for 100 or more yards in a game since Rodney Ferguson (149 yards) and James Wright (112) both went over the century mark against San Diego State on Oct. 18, 2008. Carrier rushed 35 times for 161 yards against the Warriors, Gautsche five times for 104.
ABOUT AIR FORCE: the Falcons, to no one’s surprise, rank second nationally in rushing offense at 363 yards per game. What is somewhat surprising is their No. 3 ranking in pass efficiency. Air Force, mostly in the person of quarterback Connor Dietz, is averaging 10.46 yards per pass attempt with six touchdowns and no interceptions. The Falcons also have not given up a quarterback sack.
— This article appeared on page D1 of the Albuquerque Journal