Lamar Jordan is still Lobos starter but coach wants him to play better

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – At his weekly press conference University of New Mexico head coach Bob Davie made it very clear that Lamar Jordan is still his starting quarterback, but he would like to see him play better. Jordan had a strong fall camp and was okay in the Lobos first game, running the option and completing passes. Jordan was 11 for 17 in that game. He threw for 213 yards and a touchdown. He also had 7 carries for 52 yards.

The yards total was short of what he usually does, but it was short for all of the Lobo running backs as the offense tries to find a rhythm. He was just like we are as a team,” said Davie. “We all need to play better.” Against New Mexico State the offense just could not get it going. Four turnovers also did not help the Lobos. Jordan was pulled in the third quarter for backup Tevata Tuioti. Tuioti led the Lobos on a furious rally that nearly saw them tie the game. “I mean I wasn’t nervous or anything, said Tuioti. “I felt very confident, you know, once I was standing in the pocket and being poised. I felt like I was comfortable with everything.”

Tuioti said he would be ready to lead if called upon again. The Lobos will play Boise State Thursday as they open Mountain West Conference play. Jordan said he is ready to redeem himself. “You know it’s only going to get right,” said Jordan. “There are going to be plays made Thursday so I can’t wait for that.” If Jordan finds himself in a struggle Thursday, he could be pulled again. “Lamar understands that like we all do,” said Davie. “It won’t be prematurely that we pull him out of the game, but If we are struggling like we were and we got to have a spark, we are going to make a change.”

The Lobos and Boise State will battle in front of a national audience on ESPN. It’s an opportunity for the Lobos to get more eyes on their brand. Winning would help even more. “It’s great exposure for the program,” said Davie. “Just like there were thirty two thousand fans here Saturday night, If you don’t take advantage of that exposure, I don’t know if you really move forward.” The game has a 6pm mountain start time.