An effective option quarterback for Bob Davies’ team, Gautsche enters the 2014 as the clear-cut first option at quarterback. The Lobos want to pass the ball more effectively this season, so Gautsche will have to improve on his 44.9 percent completion percentage of a year ago. He’s had some struggles with concussions, but if healthy he should be the starter come fall practice.
A graduate of Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, N.M, Gautsche led his team to the 5A New Mexico State title as a senior. He threw for 3.085 yards and 39 touchdowns, as well as rushed for 1,218 yards and another 23 scores, as a senior. He was the New Mexico Gatorade Player of the Year in 2011, and won many other league, district and state honors along the way. Ran for 1,842 yards and 14 scores as a junior.
Played in 11 games as a true freshman in 2012 as part of a two-quarterback system for the Lobos. Primarily a runner that season, he rushed for 760 yards and seven touchdowns while completing 13-of-31 passes for 222 yards and a pair of scores. As a sophomore in 2013, he started five of the nine games he played in, throwing for 639 yards and seven touchdowns on 35-of-78 passing, while rushing for 777 yards and eight more touchdowns. Had five 100-yard rushing games, the second most in Mountain West history, and was second in the nation in yards per carry by a quarterback (6.6 ypc) behind Oregon’s Marcus Mariota (minimum 6.25 attempts per game).
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Spring Wrap: New Mexico Lobos
by Ken Pomponio
Spring drills have hit the finish line in the Mountain West Conference with all 12 squads having put the wraps on their allotted 15 practices...