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Report: ‘Horns privately tab incumbent Gilbert as starting QB

Garrett Gilbert, Jamie Blatnick

Coming out of spring practice early last month, Texas deferred the naming of a starting quarterback, at least publicly, until some point after the start of summer camp and before the 2011 opener.  That was a none-too-surprising development, really, as there had been reports coming from the area that, take your pick, Connor Wood in the middle of the 15 allotted sessions or Case McCoy following the spring game may have the lead over incumbent Garrett Gilbert.

What they didn’t do publicly, however, may have been taken care of privately.  Reportedly.

In his always-entertaining and ever-illuminating “Nine things and one crazy prediction”, Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman writes that, behind closed doors, UT’s revamped offensive coaching staff has already settled on a starter heading into the summer.  And, for better or worse, it’s a name Longhorn fans are very familiar with.

Junior-to-be quarterback Garrett Gilbert has been chosen as the Texas starter and been told so, one source who regularly talks to the football players told me, but Mack Brown and Bryan Harsin don’t want Connor Wood, Case McCoy and David Ash to stop working as hard as possible, and haven’t made any public announcement on the starting position. I think it’d be smarter to show strength and confidence in Gilbert by announcing he’s the guy, which most all of us expect.

Given Gilbert’s edge in experience over both McCoy and Wood, such a pronouncement — private or otherwise — is not exactly a startling revelation.  And it’s certainly merely a temporary decision in the here and now as there’s a lot of time between now and the 2011 opener Sept. 3 against Rice for the other contenders to leapfrog last year’s starter.

However, and regardless of which candidate they ultimately choose or when they do it, the Longhorns desperately need better production from the position than they received from Gilbert last season.  As they attempt to rebound from a disastrously miserable 5-7 campaign, a repeat of last year’s 10-touchdown, 17-interception performance on the part of Gilbert will simply not cut it and would be wholly unacceptable twice in a decade, let alone in back-to-back years.

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8 Responses to “Report: ‘Horns privately tab incumbent Gilbert as starting QB”
  1. caddomiller says: May 9, 2011 10:49 AM

    This news is absolute frustation for me and likely other Texas Longhorn Football fans!

    How many more interceptions and losses will occur before the Longhorn Coaching Staff realizes that Garrett Gilbert at quarterback is not the answer to getting the Longhorns back into the winner’s circle!!!

  2. jdhays says: May 9, 2011 11:47 AM

    Get together a solid running game and the QB selection won’t seem to be such a life-or-death decision.

  3. burntorangehorn says: May 9, 2011 12:43 PM

    In other headlines…

    “Report: Burntorangehorn privately tabs Longhorns as second- or third-tier bowl team in 2011.”

  4. cisco03 says: May 9, 2011 1:28 PM

    What this kid needs is an O line thats gonna keep him upright.

  5. gorilladunk says: May 9, 2011 2:36 PM

    @burntorange….I don’t even think a second tier bowl is possible with that turnover machine at QB. Maybe the Armed Forces bowl or the Motor City bowl , if even those, are in the Horns future.

  6. thefiesty1 says: May 9, 2011 3:41 PM

    If he is, I just hope he shakes all the poor play calling he got last year from former OC Greg Davis. The spring game started with an incompletion from Garrett on his first attempt. — another stupid Greg Davis bubble screen. I expect Garrett to do a lot better with better play selection from Harsin.

  7. burntorangehorn says: May 10, 2011 12:42 PM

    fiesty, you do realize GD wasn’t calling the plays in the spring game, right? And that he was the OC for the majority of UT’s top 15 offenses in school history?

  8. mildrenheisman72 says: May 11, 2011 3:07 PM

    as a sooner fan this is fantastic news. reminds me of brown’s choosing sissy simms over applewhite. shorthorns prepare yourselves for another year of mediocrity.

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