Down and Out: Holbrook Probable, Thomas Out ?

Key injuries to the Lobos offense may be a problem for New Mexico on Saturday.

On top of being blown out 45-0 by the then-No. 17 Texas Longhorns on Saturday, the Lobos also suffered significant losses on the offensive side of the ball – starting quarterback and wide receiver/return specialist from 2011.

"So it's pretty obvious it affects us. Lamaar (Thomas) was our most valuable player, most explosive player, in the spring," New Mexico head coach Bob Davie said during the Lobos weekly press conference, "but B.R. (Holbrook) is really the critical, critical part of that."

Senior gunslinger B.R. Holbrook went 5-for-8 for 32 yards before getting knocked out of the game in the second quarter with 12:09 left on the clock, and would not return in the game.

Holbrook took a shot to the head and ribs, but X-rays were negative on his ribs.

"I think B.R. would be doubtful," Davie said. "He did throw yesterday, but he's extremely sore. But if there's a guy that can do it it's B.R. He's been in that training room and through treatment a few times over his five-year career."

His status for this weekend's game against Lubbock is still up in the air because there have been some reports that Holbrook will be back for this weekends game against the Red Raiders.

On Wednesday the Albuquerque Journal reported that Holbrook is "highly probable" for the game against Tech on Saturday.

If Holbrook is ready to go, nothing he does should surprise Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville and his staff considering they have seen Holbrook the past two seasons under center for the Lobos.

"I know their quarterback got hurt.  I don't know his status, so we'll prepare to play," Tuberville said during Tuesday's weekly press conference.  "We've played against him the last two years.  We know who he is, and we'll prepare mainly for the formations is what you do.  You prepare for formations.  You prepare for all the shifts and motions and try not to get out of position."

Not only will Holbrook be questionable for Saturday, but if the Stevenson Ranch, California native does run out of the tunnel suited up for the Lobos he will be missing one of his targets.

Senior wide receiver Lamaar Thomas was knocked out of the game to start the second half as he took a blow to the head during a kickoff return. Thomas did not return for the Lobos.

"Lamaar I would say is out for this week," Davie said. "I would say he's out right now."

With both Holbrook and Thomas questionable for Saturday, the major burning question is, who will replace them on the field?

When it comes to arguably the most important position on the field, the quarterback Davie through around a few options for the Lobos at gunslinger.

Cole Gautsche or Quinton McCown.

"I think Cole would be the guy, but I think Quinton McCown -- again he had no spring practice, and I told him yesterday if there's one descriptive word it's "wobbly."," Davie said. "He looks like a newborn lamb out there or something, like he doesn't have a whole lot of strength in his legs, he's kind of wobbling around, but he does have some ability. So yeah, I think you would see both those guys."

Whoever the quarterback is they will need a good target to throw to in place of Thomas.

"Carlos Wiggins is behind him on the depth chart, so Carlos would be the guy you'd see doing the things Lamaar would do," Davie said. "And we're excited about Carlos Wiggins. He's 153 pounds or something, but he's a good player. You saw him at Texas. He carried a jet sweep. He returned a kickoff. He's a pretty good little player."


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