Tevaka Tuioti, a 6-foot-2, 194-pound redshirt junior quarterback, has been named the University of New Mexico starter for the Oct. 24 opener at Colorado State, coach Danny Gonzales said Tuesday after practice.
Gonzales went with Tuioti over 6-2, 188-pound redshirt sophomore Trae Hall because Tuioti responded well after he was demoted to No. 2 during the spring for being two minutes late for a team treatment appointment. Tuioti, 22, started seven games last year when UNM went 2-10, has more experience and Tuioti outplayed Hall over the past two weeks, Gonzales said.
“I think the competition has been great,” Gonzales said. “We’re going to run with Tevaka. We’ll have some packages for Trae Hall. Trae knows he’s only one play away from playing. I’m excited with the direction we’re going. We have a voice.”