ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico’s football team has gotten a glimpse of the future, and its name is Lamar Jordan.
The freshman quarterback made his college debut Saturday night during the Lobos’ 58-23 loss to No. 16 Arizona State at University Stadium. Subbing for an ineffective Clayton Mitchem late in the first quarter, the diminutive signal caller showed flashes of his potential in running the first-team offense for the first time.
— Lamar Jordan
Repeatedly calling himself “blessed” for having the opportunity to play football at UNM, the 5-foot-10, 183-pound quarterback from Frisco, Texas, fared better than expected against one of the country’s top teams.
“You grow up playing pee wee, looking at college football, NFL, picturing yourself in those games,” Jordan said. “To be out there is just a blessing. I’m just so happy and fortunate to play with those other 10 players out there and just to help my team out.”
Mitchem started for the injured Cole Gautsche, but he was yanked after two fruitless possessions — including the second drive in which his lost fumble led to a Sun Devils touchdown.
Jordan passed for 130 yards and a touchdown, completing 7-of-11 throws while rushing for 32 yards. His ability to pass is what makes him a true dual-threat in the Lobos’ triple option attack. It’s something not even Gautsche has done well.
For now, Jones is still the backup, but his promotion to No. 2 on the depth chart means he’ll likely see plenty of action in practice and later, in games.
“I saw a little playmaker ability,” UNM head coach Bob Davie said. “A little point-guard mentality, he makes things happen. He’s a confident football player. I think he’s got a chance to be a good player for us. We did put the ball on the floor three times though. But I saw a bright future from him.”
With Gautsche still nursing a bad hamstring suffered in the season opener against University of Texas El Paso, Jordan will assume the role of No. 1 in practice.
— © (@ConnorHeadrick) September 7, 2014
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