Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE
Two weeks ago, New Mexico was on a two-game winning streak and fans were talking bowl bid. But since then UNM's two signal callers - freshman Cole Gautsche and senior B.R. Holbrook have both suffered injuries in back-to-back games. With Gautsche hobbled and Holbrook out for the foreseeable future, the Albuquerque Journal reports that the Lobos are looking for a way to finish the march to bowl eligibility.
- Coach Davie is "cautiously optimistic about the Lobos’ quarterback situation."
- Cole Gautsche suffered a neck injury (not a neck stinger) and might be available next Saturday against UNLV. His status will be "day-to-day."
- B.R. Holbrook suffered a shoulder separation. The good news: he won't have to undergo surgery. The bad news: he's not likely to return until the final game of the season against the Colorado State Rams.
- Coach Davie is looking to expand the Wildcat offense package UNM is currently running with Flash and K.C. acting as the trigger man/quarterback. Sounds like passing is less likely if there's more Wildcat being run.
“Even if Cole is ready, we’re still going to have to get more productivity from different guys at that position,” Davie said.
- UNM has worked on the Wildcat since Fall camp -- O.C. Bob Debesse ran several plays out of the Wildcat to some success at Sam Houston St. But "as he and Davie pared down the playbook to eliminate things that hadn’t been consistently executed, these plays disappeared."
“We’ve been pretty conservative with it,” Davie said. “The next step is, we have to become a little more aggressive with it. We have no other choice.”
- Wright reports that the Lobos' full Wildcat package includes an option element but getting the kind of "precise execution from a non-quarterback" -- from making the right decision all the way to the actual pitch may be asking a lot of a non-signal caller.
Coach Davie's final comment says it all
“More than ever, it’s all about us. It’s us trying to put a plan together. … It’s a pretty significant challenge for us.”
So far this season, Davie has managed his offense like most defense-minded coaches do in football -- college or pro.
They keep the risks down, concentrating on securing the ball and having a play caller who keeps the offense calling high percentage plays with an eye out for big plays.
But with his experiences senior quarterback gone for at least three games and his developing freshman quarterback now twice injured with concussions, Davie sees that to make this season more than just a rebuilding season - to make a special season, a winning season after three wretched years of losing - he and Debesse will need to take some of the limitations away from the offense.
If it works, they'll be hailed as miracle workers.
If it fails, they'll still have the respect of the community and of college football watchers for turning one of the worst programs in the country into a team that other teams at least respect.
Opening up the offense is a risk. But the reward is high.
And the risk? Well, ask
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