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Holbrook Hurting In Chest Again

QB Exits Early On Consecutive Days

RUIDOSO – What ails B.R. Holbrook?

Holbrook, the University of New Mexico’s starting quarterback, left Wednesday’s practice after experiencing chest tightness and difficulty breathing.

The senior QB was taken to a Ruidoso hospital, coach Bob Davie said, for observation – just as he’d been Tuesday after experiencing the same symptoms.


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“All his vital signs and everything are good,” Davie said. “They really don’t know what it is. But again, he kind of tightened up in the chest area. So they’re just gonna try to figure out what it is.”

A UNM official said Holbrook had returned to Albuquerque late Wednesday for a medical evaluation but had no further information.

Holbrook has been having an impressive fall camp, showing far more accuracy and a far better grasp of the offense than his competitors. He’s the only quarterback on the roster who has played any NCAA Division I football.

TALKIN’ ABOUT PRACTICE: The Lobos worked out without pads Wednesday – helmets, jerseys and shorts instead – enabling some of their walking wounded to participate on a limited basis.

Senior wide receiver Lamaar Thomas and senior outside linebacker Joseph Harris, both nursing strained hamstrings, saw a few repetitions. Starting cornerback DeShawn Mills (ankle sprain) and No. 1 and No. 2 running backs Kasey Carrier and Demarcus Rogers (hamstring pulls) sat out, as did sophomore linebacker Toby Ball (flu symptoms).

Davie said the Lobos will be back in full pads today.

Davie said he feels the Lobos are responding well in the face of attrition – due to injury, illness and suspension – in their ranks.

With Holbrook ailing and sophomore David Vega suspended indefinitely for disciplinary reasons, quarterbacks Cole Gautsche and Quinton McCown made productive use of the extra repetitions.

“The sense of urgency is there with this team, I think, at every position,” Davie said.

BRANCH FIELD: The formal approval of the UNM Board of Regents to rename the University Stadium field after Turner and Margaret Branch took place on Tuesday.
— This article appeared on page D1 of the Albuquerque Journal