Vega gets the call this week

Posted at: 10/14/2013 5:46 PM
Updated at: 10/15/2013 6:22 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4

University of New Mexico football coach Bob Davie said Roswell's David Vega will get the start at quarterback this week at practice.  Vega replaces Cole Gautsche who suffered, what Davie described as, a sprained knee Saturday in Wyoming.  Backup quarterback Clayton Mitchem did not play at Wyoming because he was still recovering from concussion symptoms he suffered against NMSU.

"Vega will start the week as the #1 quarterback," said Davie.  "Lamar Jordan will be #2."

"Being with that group (the staters) gives me a lot of confidence," said Vega following practice Monday night.

Davie said there's a chance Gautsche and/or Mitchem could return to practice by Wednesday.

Vega came in to replace Gautsche late in the game on Saturday and threw a touchdown pass.

Vega set a school record at New Mexico Military Institute in 2010 with 2,829 passing yards and 22 touchdowns. He threw for 2,819 yards with 28 TDs in 2011.  The Roswell native won two state championships in 2008 and 2009 at Goddard High School.

"He needs to seize this opportunity," said Davie.  "He came here and wanted to play and he probably will get the opportunity to play."