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Updated: Garrett Gilbert given unconditional release from UT

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As he takes the rest of the football season to recover from shoulder surgery, Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert could also be looking for playing opportunities elsewhere.┬áThe junior was promptly benched after a 2-of-8, two-interception performance against BYU and immediately got shuffled down the quarterback pecking order the following week, leading many wonder — and with good reason — if Gilbert would ever be Texas’ starting quarterback again.

According to SMU’s Rivals affiliate, PonyPride.com, Gilbert was on campus and at the Mustang’s practice today. The site is subscription-based, so unless you’re a die-hard Pony fan, you won’t get the full scoop.

It wouldn’t come as a huge surprise if Gilbert was visiting other programs. It doesn’t look like Gilbert was getting his old job back any time soon, so unless he’s committed to the school, you’d expect him to be looking around at another destination. Gilbert’s injury came soon enough in the season that he should be able to acquire a medical redshirt, meaning he could still get in some meaningful time if he wants to transfer to a Division 1-A school.

UPDATED 5:10 p.m. ET: A statement from the University of Texas has confirmed that Gilbert has been given unconditional release from his scholarship at the school and can transfer anywhere he wants. Below is a statement from Gilbert:

“This was a very difficult decision because I love TheUniversity of Texas and have had a great time playing there,” Gilbert said. “I’ve talked to (Head) Coach (Mack) Brown, (Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks) Coach (Bryan) Harsin and the staff and have decided it is in my best interest to transfer. I can’t thank all of my teammates and everyone at Texas enough for all of their support, but I just think I’m at a point in my life where I need a fresh start.

“Coach Brown was very understanding and granted me a release to take some visits while I decide where I’m going to transfer to. That’s what I’ll be doing while I continue school at Texas this semester. I’m excited to focus on getting my shoulder back to 100 percent and to decide where my next step will be, but I will always be thankful for my opportunity at Texas and be pulling for all of my friends and family in the Longhorns program.”

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19 Responses to “Updated: Garrett Gilbert given unconditional release from UT”
  1. gorilladunk says: Oct 5, 2011 4:55 PM

    Considering my personal distaste for all things Longhorn, I kinda feel for the kid. Came in with trumpets and fanfare, played reasonably well (all things considered) in the Nat’l championship game and then just collapsed. I have a son his age and as a dad, I know how it might feel. The public ridicule and scorn heaped his way has to have had a negative impact on his psyche. I hope something positive comes out of this for him.

  2. cleanslaton says: Oct 5, 2011 5:46 PM

    good. GOOD! That loser can’t leave my alma mater fast enough. I felt sympathy for him until he decided to leave. I can’t root for a quitter, especially one who threw so many interceptions that resulted in the flushing of the almost $500 I spent on season tickets last year–down the proverbial toilet. Gilbert was never fit to wear the burnt orange and white, he’s just another Jevan Snead. GTFO, Gilbert!

  3. jodave5 says: Oct 5, 2011 5:50 PM

    cleanslaton

    This just in. He’s a KID!!! What is he 19-20 yrs old? Get a grip and perspective.

  4. trbowman says: Oct 5, 2011 6:03 PM

    It just wasn’t happening with Gilbert and Texas. I’m surprised it took Mack Brown that long to bench him.

    A fresh start might be just what he needs.

  5. eep530 says: Oct 5, 2011 6:30 PM

    Agree with jodave5, Gilbert is a kid in a difficult situation. Personally I believe the coaching staff did not do their job with Gilbert, either Greg Davis or Mack Brown are responsible for his play in 2010. With so many interceptions he needed to sit down as trbowman commented.

    This transfer allow Gilbert to have a fresh start with a team that can have confidence in him, Gilbert is gifted athletically, at the moment he is shaken up by the events.

    I join gorilladunk (spite his dislike for al things Texas) and wish best of luck to Gilbert.

  6. floridacock says: Oct 5, 2011 6:38 PM

    $500 for season tickets!?!? Must be high school tickets

  7. deucez2 says: Oct 5, 2011 7:11 PM

    @cleanslaton

    Alums like you embarrass me. I bet you were singing a different tune after the national champ game where he was thrown in with no experience. No one could have predicted the Gatorade player of the year coming out of high school wouldn’t perform up to Vince and Colt’s level. We were pretty damn fortunate for 6 years with those two leading the team. Quit your bitching and have some class.

  8. centexhorn says: Oct 5, 2011 7:18 PM

    I wish him all the best. But it will be weird to see him in another uniform. We all thought he would be the next great Texas quarterback. We were even calling him “Vanilla Vince” after the national championship game. I think UT was just too much of a pressure-packed environment for him. It will be good for him to get out of that constant and unforgiving spotlight for a while.

    Hook’em, Garrett.

  9. waynefontes says: Oct 5, 2011 7:59 PM

    I think the tragedy is in all of this obvious.

    You have to pay money to get the inside scoop on SMU? And some people actually do?

    At least SMU football is making money the old fashioned way these days…

  10. sportsguygerald says: Oct 5, 2011 8:28 PM

    Arrogant assclowns like cleanslaton make me detest the Whorns. How many years did you suit up and wear the burned orange loser? All that kid ever wanted to do was play QB for the Whorns and to have some messageboard warrior call him a loser posses me off. Real classy, assclown

  11. Deb says: Oct 5, 2011 8:59 PM

    Gilbert showed a lot of guts in his National Championship performance against my Crimson Tide. I have all the respect in the world for his courage and wish him the best at finding a program that appreciates heart.

  12. thefiesty1 says: Oct 5, 2011 9:48 PM

    That’s too bad for a good kid. How can a national HS player of the year have his confidence ruined in one season with a conservative offensive coordinator instead of building and using all that talent? Then get hurt and now transferring. Life’s not fair. Good luck GG.

  13. dcroz says: Oct 5, 2011 9:53 PM

    So where are all the OSU fans screaming that Mack Brown is using suspect medical redshirts and engaging in “roster management,” like they always do anytime a similar story involving Nick Saban occurs?

  14. stockdogdca says: Oct 5, 2011 10:21 PM

    @ cleanslaton

    I hope you don’t have kids but if you do I guarantee that they’re in therapy !!!! I remember another guy that was heralded with tons of fanfare yet his skill set simply didn’t fit for the BIG 12 team he was playing for at OU and transferred to UCLA . He turned out alright, Troy Aikman remember him?? This isn’t grown men in the NFL we’re watching here , it’s kids in College. Lighten UP !!!!!

  15. burntorangehorn says: Oct 5, 2011 11:37 PM

    cleanslaton:

    Stop embarrassing us.

    Signed,

    All other Longhorns fans

  16. bamasleeper13 says: Oct 6, 2011 12:48 AM

    I’m a Tide fan and I was so impressed with this kid in the Championship game. He played so well after being throw n into the deep end. I hope he gets to play somewhere they will appreciate him. Good luck!!

  17. v2the4 says: Oct 6, 2011 2:07 AM

    as a Horn fan, I can tell you we have had an embarrasment of riches at QB since the late 80’s. some of these guys are household names, so everyone knows about Vince Young, Colt McCoy, Major Applewhite and Chris Sims, all four of those guys led the Horns at some point from 1999-2009. Players like Peter Gardere, James Brown,

    Even guys who started at the program and left during that time have made their mark somewhere else..Jevan Snead(OleMiss) GJ Kinne(current starter at Tulsa), Adam Dunn(Washington Nationals baseball player), Shea Morinz(former MLB with Yankees), Connor Wood(left UT to head to Colorado)…throw in guys who came to UT with all star credentials like Chance Mock and Beau Trahan, who were both beaten out for starting jobs, but stayed, UT has a great QB tradition.

    Garrett Gilbert was supposed to be a part of the great UT lineage….he had the pedigree…back to back state titles at Lake Travis HS in Austin..all time leading passer in Texas HS history….USA today, Rivals, MaxPreps player of the year in 2009…#1 rated HS QB in his class…..he had the look….for some reason, all that talent didnt show up on the field…2010 was awful for him and UT….I think he was given the starting job going into the 2011 season to see if he still had the pedigree and talent, but maybe he didnt…a chance of scenary will do wonders for young people, so Im sure he will go to a school that runs the spread offense that he ran in high school like SMU, Houston, Rice, Tulsa, Pitt,or WVU.

    I wish him the best of luck…

  18. txnative61 says: Oct 6, 2011 6:05 AM

    Isn’t he also the son of former (mediocre) NFL quarterback Gale Gilbert? Seems with all that coaching talent available, he could have learned reads and checkdowns to limit interceptions better. Good luck though, he might need it.

  19. giacfsp says: Oct 8, 2011 4:26 PM

    SMU is improving … rapidly. Just ask Gary Patterson (but please be nice enough to bring him a box of tissues).

    And, waynefontes, since you’re concerned: no, you don’t have to pay anything for the scoop at SMU. PonyFans.com is by far the best SMU site out there (best talk among fans, most members, etc.) Anything that happens gets on there just about instantly.

    Kudos to the PonyFans who made their presence known at the GameDay set in Fair Park this morning – great job!

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