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Lobos prepare to go with Gerhart as starting QB

Coltin Gerhart (11), brother of former Stanford running back Toby Gerhart, is preparing to start against Tulsa. (Greg Sorber/Journal)

Sunday evening, the New Mexico Lobos were preparing graduate transfer quarterback Coltin Gerhart to start on Saturday when the Lobos play at Tulsa.

But who’s the backup?

Lobos coach Bob Davie said after Sunday’s practice that starting quarterback Lamar Jordan has been ruled out of the Tulsa game and No. 2 QB Tevaka Tuioti is unlikely to be available. Both have taken blows to the head, Tevaka during a 30-28 loss to New Mexico State on Sept. 9 and Jordan during a 28-14 loss at Boise State on Thursday.

“We’re preparing for Coltin Gerhart to be the quarterback (against Tulsa),” Davie said.

As for a backup, Davie ticked off the following possibilities, in alphabetical order.

• Bryson Carroll, a true freshman quarterback from San Antonio, Texas.

• Q’ Drennan, a sophomore wide receiver. Drennan played quarterback for Americas High School in El Paso.

• Derek Martinez, a junior walk-on quarterback from Cibola.

• Patrick Reed, a junior wide receiver. Reed played quarterback in high school at Silsbee, Texas, and came to UNM as a quarterback.

“We looked at some different things (Sunday), put some different things on tape,” Davie said. “If that’s the scenario (meaning Jordan and Tuioti are both out), then we’re gonna make a decision. … Tuesday, we’ll let it rip with who we think the backup quarterback will be.”

Gerhart entered Thursday’s game at Boise State late in the second quarter after Jordan was knocked woozy by a late hit from Boise State defensive end Chase Hamada. The Arizona State transfer finished the game with 49 yards rushing on eight carries and was 7-of-13 passing with a touchdown and an interception.

Gerhart hadn’t played quarterback since 2013, his senior year in high school. He’s a junior in eligibility, having redshirted as an Arizona State freshman and graduated from ASU in three years.

INVESTIGATION: Davie was asked again Sunday about a report that surfaced Wednesday, to the effect that he is being investigated for alleged mistreatment of players and compromise of drug-testing procedures.

Davie several times has declined comment. Sunday, he said, “I’m all about transparency at the right time. This just isn’t the right time. You have my word when it is the right time you will hear all the details I can give from A to Z.”

The university has confirmed there is an ongoing investigation of the athletic department but did not say Davie or the football program was the subject of that investigation.

O-LINEMEN LEAVE: Offensive linemen Kameron Smith and Nick Iacovangelo have left the team, Davie said.

“As of right now, I think both of those guys have decided to move on and continue somewhere else,” he said.

Of their reasons for leaving, he said, “I know what they told me, but that’s something I think you can ask them.”

Iacovangelo is a redshirt sophomore from Rochester, N.Y., Smith a redshirt freshman from Tacoma, Wash.

NO TIP: During Thursday night’s ESPN telecast of the Boise State game, sideline reporter Laura Rutledge said she had heard on the Broncos sideline that UNM center Blaise Fountain was inadvertently tipping the direction, to the right or to the left, of the Lobos’ plays on the triple option.

Sunday, Davie said he hadn’t heard this. But after talking with football operations director Brian DeSpain, he said that information had been relayed during the game to UNM offensive line coach Saga Tuitele.

Tuitele, Davie said, didn’t believe Fountain was tipping anything and said it was not a factor in the game.

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