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Reality check

Created: 10/15/2013 6:21 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4

University of New Mexico football coach Bob Davie said quarterback David Vega will be working with the number one offense this week at practice because the starter and backup are both questionable.

Starter Cole Gautsche is UNM's best option at QB.  The sophomore runs well but has difficulty throwing.  Backup QB Clayton Mitchem is probably a better thrower than Gautsche, but doesn't grasp the offense as well as Gautsche.

There's a chance Vega could get the start this week against Utah State as Gautsche recovers from a knee sprain and Mitchem is waiting to be cleared following concussion symptoms.  Davie said Vega needs to take advantage of his opportunity on the field this week, "He needs to seize this opportunity," said Davie.  "He came here and wanted to play and he probably will get the opportunity to play."

With the quarterback position up in the air, some Lobo fans are saying the move to Vega might be a good option, but Davie was quick to point out Vega is the best option at practice this week because option #1 and option #2 aren't available.

"He's played in two games that the outcome was already decided," said Davie.  "He came in and took advantage of his opportunities."

"There's a reason he was third on the depth chart before injuries," added Davie.  "And there will be a reason, if two guys are healthy, he'll be third on the depth chart again."

"I appreciate what he's done... but if those two guys are healthy (Gautsche and Mitchem), he'll probably be third again.  I appreciate it, but I appreciate those other two guys too."


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