ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Should he get the opportunity, David Vega is ready to lead the University of New Mexico football team.
The third string quarterback finds himself a taking reps with the number one offense in practice this week after injuries to Cole Gautsche and Clayton Mitchem has them sitting out.
Gautsche strained his mcl in a loss at Wyoming over the weekend. Mitchem took a shot that left him with concussion-like symptoms a week prior.
Vega was a very successful quarterback at Goddard High School in Roswell. He also played very well for the New Mexico Military Institute Junior College team prior to coming to UNM. The Lobo junior has seen limited action this season but has been very productive, scoring a pair of touchdowns. One of the scores came on a long drive over 90 yards.
When asked about fitting in with the first team Vega said, "As quarterback, you have to have that certain moxie."
Head coach Bob Davie says Vega is a "gamer." He is a guy who plays better during the game than in practice.
Utah State could possibly find out Saturday, if Gautsche or Mitchem is not ready to go.
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