Landing Cole Gautsche as a recruit was a big win for new Mexico Lobos head coach Bob Davie, he was a winning quarterback from a local school and to top it off Gautsche was verbally committed to cross state rival New Mexico State. He has been a good quarterback and a master of running the triple option all while being a leader on the field.
Gautsche's only downside is that his physical nature of play has led to him being injured and forced him to miss a majority of last year with injuries, and he already missed significant time this year. Gautsche seemed to be back to full health after his latest hamstring injury but he was only able to play three series against UNLV before injuring his foot. He left the game and returned to the sideline with his foot heavily taped.
UNM head coach Bob Davie said Monday on The Morning Drive radio show in Albuquerque, that Gautsche did not fracture his foot but it was a significant foot injury and that would be hard to recover from prior to the end of the season.
Gautsche has seen action in six games this year and rushed for 322 yards and two touchdowns while completing 12 of 26 passes for 105 yards. Gautsche's loss marks the second significant loss on offense for the Lobos who have already lost starting running back Crusoe Gongbay earlier in the season.
New Mexico will now turn to red shirt Lamar Jordan who has finished all three of the Lobos wins this season. Jordan brings a different dimension to the Lobos because of his ability to pass the ball. He is 33 of 60 for 420 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. He is the Lobos fourth leading rusher with 329 yards on 63 carriers with two touchdowns.
Clayton Mitchem may also see time at quarterback he started the season as the Lobos back up but quickly lost ground to the Freshman Jordan. Mitchem is the Lobos most accurate throwing quarterback but struggles to make reads in the triple option.