ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – JaJuan Lawson knows his time will come during a football game. In the meantime, the redshirt freshman quarterback is making the most of his opportunities this spring, showing Lobo coaches what he is capable of should he be called upon.
“Spring, that’s where you get comfortable with the system,” said Lawson. “It’s about being the best that you can be that day. Just keep moving forward.” At third string, Lawson is biding his time.
” He has impressed enough to pick up more reps in practice.He earned it.” said Head Coach Bob Davie. “He deserves to get reps.”
Lawson is playing behind a quarterback who is known for his ability to run and another known for his ability to throw. The Lobos get two for one in the duel threat of Lawson. He was a three star recruit coming out of high school in Petaluma, California.
His noticeable calm and confident demeanor is one of his many strengths.
“You know he’s a film watcher,” said quarterbacks coach Apollo Wright. “He understands football, understands the game, understands coverage, understands defense. Lawson comes from a sports family. His father is a coach and his mother was a good athlete in college.”
“The bar of competing is set high. The cons, first and foremost by far, is that you are being pushed every day,” said Lawson. “Sometimes you are not going to like the decisions that you are pretty much being told to do but, the pros to that part is they are doing it for the better of you.”
Lawson saw action at quarterback in one regular season game last year.
A mistake while reading the Boise State defense led to a quick leash but, the experience was a learning one. “That game up there, the atmosphere and all of that, it helped,” said Lawson. “Now it’s about getting to that point all of the time and being able to help the team when I am asked to.”
Lawson doesn’t just want to be an okay quarterback. He has bigger goals in mind. “I want to be the greatest quarterback in Mountain West history,” said Lawson. “I mean that is just as a competitor what you want to be. You want to be the best that you can be.”