Less than two weeks after losing his starting job, Garrett Gilbert has now officially lost the ability to regain that starting job at some point this year as well.
Texas announced Tuesday morning that the junior quarterback underwent successful shoulder surgery earlier today and will miss the remainder of the 2011 season. An MRI performed last week revealed damage in Gilbert’s right (throwing) shoulder, apparently incurred during the season opener against Rice.
“We’re disappointed for Garrett that he won’t be able to help us on the field the rest of this season,” head coach Mack Brown said in a statement. “He’s a tough kid that fought through some pain to continue to play, but when doctors told him the injury was something that needed to be taken care of, we fully supported him in doing that. We also know that Garrett is a very smart kid with a great understanding of our offense, so we’re excited that he’ll still be around to help Coach Harsin and our young quarterbacks. He will continue to be a great leader for us helping those guys throughout the season. With his work ethic and determination, we know he’ll get his shoulder back to full strength as soon as possible.”
“My shoulder was getting progressively worse and when the doctors did an MRI last week, their recommendation was for me to get it fixed,” Gilbert said. “That’s why I decided to have the surgery now, so I can get it taken care of, start my rehab and be healthy and ready to go for next year. I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to play the rest of this year, but I’ll be out there helping (Co-Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks) Coach (Bryan) Harsin and the quarterbacks as much as I can.”
Because he played in less than 20 percent of the Longhorns’ games this season, Gilbert can apply for a medical waiver to gain another year of eligibility.
Gilbert was UT’s starter in 2010, and then the first two games of the 2011 season. Following a miserable performance in Week 2 against BYU — a week after suffering the shoulder injury — Gilbert was dropped to No. 3 on the depth chart behind sophomore Case McCoy and freshman David Ash in the week leading up to the UCLA this past weekend.