Posted at: 09/02/2013 9:49 PM
Updated at: 09/03/2013 1:56 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4
University of New Mexico head coach Bob Davie made it official on Monday announcing quarterback Cole Gautsche would not play this week. Junior college transfer Clayton Mitchem will get the start at UTEP.
Gautsche suffered concussion-like symptoms Saturday and was pulled out of the game in the fourth quarter against UT-San Antonio. Mitchem replaced Gautsche and finished 2-of-5 passing for 19 yards. He was also sacked once.
"It's very unfortunate for Cole," Davie said Monday night. "There's not a player in college football that worked harder over a year's period of time than Cole Gautsche."
Davie said Gautsche was improving on Sunday, but "took a step back" on Monday and was dismissed from team meetings.
Davie said he doesn't plan to limit the playbook just because Mitchem hasn't started a game at the FBS level. "I know just as much as Gautsche knows," said Mitchem. "I just have to make the right reads and be confident in myself."
Mitchem was named the Southwestern Junior College Football Conference Player of the Year in 2012 for Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. He threw for school records of 2,435 yards and 27 touchdowns and also ran for 728 yards with 13 TDs in '12.
Former New Mexico Military Insitute standout David Vega will be the Lobos' backup quarterback in El Paso this weekend.