ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)- A collarbone injury will keep Lobo starting quarterback Austin Apodoca out of action for 4 to 6 weeks.
Apodoca and the Lobos were still waiting for MRI results Monday to determine the extent of the injury. Coach Bob Davie is hopeful that the injury is not as bad as it first appeared.
“The good news is that the X-Ray did not show a complete fracture that would require surgery,” said Davie. “It’s probably going to be the same rehab, same length of time, probably no matter what the MRI says.”
Apodoca suffered the injury after he was sacked in the backfield in a loss at Rutgers over the weekend. Lamar Jordan will take over the full time duties at quarterback while Apodoca is out. The two split time at Rutgers with Apodoca getting the start.
Jordan was the starting quarterback last season. He admits he may have taken the role for granted just a bit. He has learned from the experience and will approach the job totally different this time around.
“I’m going to kind of look at it like I am still the back up,” said Jordan.”I felt like when I looked at it as if I was the back up, I worked a little harder. I just kind of kept my mouth shut and I just worked, did a lot more thinking and a lot more game planning and stuff like that.”
The Lobos are in a bye week and will return to competition when they host San Jose State October 1 for homecoming. The game is also the Mountain West opener for the Lobos.