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Lobo QB Gautsche Expects To Play

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Gautsche Expects To Play This Saturday

University of New Mexico football coach Bob Davie on Monday upgraded quarterback Cole Gautsche’s status to “probable” for Saturday’s game at UNLV.

Gautsche was more optimistic still.

“I feel a lot better,” said Gautsche, who left last Saturday’s eventual 49-32 loss to Fresno State with a neck injury in the second quarter. “(Symptoms) went away faster than I anticipated, and the doc cleared me, so I’m ready to go.”

Gautsche participated in Monday’s light practice. More encouraging perhaps, Davie said, was that the true freshman quarterback participated in a weightlifting session earlier in the day.

“I think Cole is ahead of schedule,” Davie said. “… I think he’s gonna get better as the week progresses, so I think he’s probably listed as probable right now.”

Gautsche said he experienced some numbness in his arms after the injury. But, he said on Monday, “I think I’ll be able to be 100 percent by (Saturday).”

Senior quarterback B.R. Holbrook is out three to four weeks, Davie said, after suffering a shoulder separation against Fresno State. Pending Gautsche’s recovery, UNM was looking at alternating sophomore quarterback Quinton McCown with wide receiver Lamaar Thomas and running back Kasey Carrier from the wildcat formation.

Holbrook attended Monday’s practice but did not participate in any drills.

“I appreciate B.R. being here,” Davie said. “… He’s a special guy.”

STAT SHEET: UNM running back Kasey Carrier again is ranked second in the nation in rushing this week with an average of 138 yards per game. The Lobos also remained fifth as a team in rushing offense at 303 yards per contest.

New Mexico ranks fifth nationally in average time of possession (33:31), is 15th in fewest average penalty yardage (35.3) and is tied for 13th in turnover margin (plus-9).

The Lobos remain 120th and last in passing offense (55 yards per game). They rank 90th in total defense (435 yards per game) after giving up 600 yards to Fresno State.

LOBOS GET COMMITMENT: Sam Mabany, a 6-foot-6, 240-pound defensive lineman from Denver South High School, has verbally committed to attend UNM, according to the Denver Post and several online sources.

Mabany was the Colorado Class 4A runner-up in the shot put last spring.

The Lobos have commitments from Mabany; Kimmie Carson, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker from East Central High School in Tulsa, Okla.; Jacob Bronowski, a 6-1, 180-pound quarterback from A&M Consolidated High School in College Station, Texas; William Udeh, a 6-3, 235-pound defensive end from Coppell (Texas) High School; Romell Jordan, a 5-9, 165-pound running back from Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho; and Jadon Boatright, a 5-11, 170-pound safety from Liberty Hill (Texas) High School.

Jordan has rushed for 1,304 yards and 19 touchdowns in eight games.

Boatright, who doubles as a running back, had four interceptions and four touchdowns in a single game earlier this season — scoring on interception returns of 65 and 45 yards and rushing for TDs from 67 and 58 yards out.

Verbal commitments are non-binding. Signing day is Feb. 6, 2013.
— This article appeared on page D1 of the Albuquerque Journal

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