UNM football: QBs & more - Albuquerque Journal

UNM football: QBs & more

New Mexico football coach Bob Davie said on Saturday he anticipates that junior quarterback Lamar Jordan, who didn’t play during the Lobos 48-21 victory over South Dakota on Thursday, will do so next Saturday against New Mexico State.
But then, Davie also had anticipated that Jordan would play against South Dakota. Instead, senior Austin Apodaca played all but the two final series and then was relieved by redshirt sophomore JaJuan Lawson.
“Like we’ve talked about so much, it’s just a feel,” Davie said of the Lobos’ situation at quarterback. “It’s just a feel and it’s not easy on anybody, but that’s the situation we have and we make the very best of it we can.”
Last season, Jordan started 12 of UNM’s 13 games at quarterback. Apodaca played in 11 games and started the one game that Jordan did not.
Against South Dakota, Apodaca got the start and played well throughout — passing accurately, running effectively and operating the offense efficiently.
“The flow of the game was so unique Thursday night,” Davie said. “Everybody saw that. … To break that flow for no reason on offense, I don’t think anybody thought that was in anybody’s best interest.”
Late in the game, with the outcome decided, Davie chose to have Lawson gain some experience rather than having Jordan, a proven veteran, finish up.
“I don’t think that was the right situation to put Lamar in,” Davie said. “I felt it was a lot better to put JaJuan in, let JaJuan get his first playing time.”
Jordan isn’t as polished a passer as Apodaca but is a faster and more explosive runner, having rushed for 807 yards last season.
ADCOCK’S BACK: Senior offensive lineman Garrett Adcock has been cleared to return to practice and will be available for the New Mexico State game, Davie said. Adcock took a blow to the head late during preseason drills and did not suit up for the South Dakota game.
Davie said he and offensive line coach probably will stay with the same unit for NMSU that started against South Dakota, but with Adcock available to step in if needed.
“He’s the wild card and can play all three positions (center, guard and tackle),” Davie said.
The Lobos’ relatively inexperienced O-line played well against South Dakota, he said, but far stiffer challenges await.
PRESSLEY TO THE PACK: A day after being waived by the Minnesota Vikings, former UNM running back Jhurell Pressley was claimed by Green Bay Packers.
The Vikings cut Pressley loose despite his two touchdowns — one of those a 106-yard kickoff return — during Minnesota’s preseason finale against the Los Angeles Rams.
The Packers, seeking a No. 3, third down-style running back, quickly snapped him up.

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