Las Cruces, NM — In a surprising, however understandable move, New Mexico State Head Coach Doug Martin switched first string quarterback Travaughn Colwell to wide receiver Monday. Martin explained the decision was made to add depth to the receiver position after NMSU's top wideout, junior Austin Franklin, was ruled academically ineligible Friday.
"They all understand that team is the most important thing and [Travaughn] just wants to be on the field, also. If he's not going to be the starting quarterback he wants to start at another position and help the football team," said Martin.
The void left by the junior Colwell will be filled by senior Andrew McDonald who moved from third in the depth chart after Spring camp to second with the transfer of junior Andrew Manley and now takes over the top spot.
"I'm extremely excited. I'm ready to work every day and get better every day," said McDonald.
Colwell admitted he was not happy when he was first told of the decision to switch positions.
"There was probably a 30 seconds, 'man this kinda sucks' in my head, but I'm immediately transitioning and trying to become the best receiver I can be," said Colwell.
True freshman King Davis III will now backup McDonald and Colwell will be third in the depth chart should he be needed.
The Aggies open up the season August 31st at the University of Texas to face the Longhorns.