By Ray Hamill — Former H-DNL standout Isaak Gutierrez made his Division-I college debut with the University of New Mexico on Saturday evening, as the Lobos lost 38-21 at San Jose State.
After transferring from Butte College, where he was an all-state selection in 2019, the former Eureka Logger won the starting spot at right guard in preseason camp and didn’t disappoint in his debut while playing in front of a national television audience.
The 6-foot-2, 317-pound lineman was solid throughout, as the Lobos battled back from an early 21-7 deficit to tie the game early in the third quarter, before the Spartans re-took the lead and gradually pulled away.
Gutierrez was a consistent standout performer along the line during his time with the Eureka Loggers, who qualified for the state playoffs in his senior season and posted back-to-back undefeated regular seasons in his final two years at the school.
He is one of four former H-DNL players currently on Division-I rosters, all of them playing along the offensive line.
Gutierrez also played special teams on Saturday night.
Shout-out for Humboldt State
During Saturday’s game the commentators on Fox Sports also talked about the role Humboldt State played in San Jose State’s season.
The Spartans are sporting a green “H” on the back of their helmets this season in tribute to Humboldt State after the local university came to the team’s aid in the preseason.
The Spartans spent two weeks of camp at HSU using the Lumberjacks’ facilities when they were prohibited from practicing on their own campus because of COVID-19 restrictions.