ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – He came to the University of New Mexico football program as an option quarterback who could really run the offense on the ground. Former Cleveland high football star Cole Gautsche struggled with passing and concussions.
The latter had him wondering if his career was in jeapordy. Gautsche got healthy.
He also changed positions to tight end and took a redshirt year, learning his new spot during that time. Now in his fifth in final year, Gautsche waits patiently to touch the football in a game.
When he did play quarterback Gautsche was known for explosive runs. At 6-foot, 4-inches and 252 pounds, Gautsche is as fast as some running backs.
Now his job calls for him to do a lot of blocking, something he has been willing to do to help the team win.
“I mean it’s definitely tough to do especially with me always having the ball in my hands every play at quarterback,” said Gautsche. “It’s definitely a little difficult but it’s something I’ve gotten use to.”
The Lobos are playing Hawaii Saturday. The last time the two teams met in Hawaii, Gautsche had the ball in his hands a lot gashing the Rainbow Warriors for big runs.
The Lobo coaching staff knows Gautsche can be a huge weapon with the ball, but they have done well without him touching it. New Mexico is currently the nations leader in rushing yards per game with 374.1 yards a contest.
“You don’t want to force it,” said Head Coach Bob Davie. “It’s definitely an option though. It is definitely an option and every time I think of him rolling down that sideline in Hawaii and some of the things we did out here. It’s definitely something we consider.”
The Lobos and Hawaii have a 10:07 p.m. mountain kick-off time Saturday.