ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Redshirt Senior Cole Gautsche had the chance to watch the Gildan New Mexico Bowl last season but from the sidelines.
A medical redshirt season prevented Cole from playing last year, but now back and healthier than ever Gautsche is excited to end his career with hopefully a Bowl victory.
The Cleveland High School Graduate hopes that everyone from Rio Rancho, Albuquerque, and the entire state for that matter will be there on Saturday to help root for his team.
He made the switch to Tight End this season, and while he has only accumulated two total catches with 14 yards, he has been lobbying to get more looks for this game on Saturday.
“Yeah a little bit here and there trying to get into Austin and Lamar to kinda throw me a bone now and then. So, I still got just a little slower with the weight that I put on, but I mean I still like that ball in my hand, whatever it takes to get the win, more than willing to do,” said Gautsche.
The ultimate goal is, of course, the NFL and really with his lack of catches and yardage this season Cole has avoided any time of big hits or injuries. This could be a positive thing for the 6’4 252-pound redshirt senior.
“Yeah I mean, definitely the next level is something that I am thinking about, and to be able to do that would be a huge blessing, but just take it one step at a time right now. I am worried about the Bowl game, last year I kind of took a backseat to everything on the sideline, but I can’t wait to get out there on the field finally,” said Gautsche.
The 2016 Gildan New Mexico Bowl kicks off the college Bowl season on Saturday at 12 p.m. The game will also be shown live on ESPN.