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Garrett Gilbert officially joins SMU

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Just in time to join the Big East, right*? Talk about a fresh start.

(*note: maybe) 

Earlier this month, Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert was sighted at an SMU practice just weeks after undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery, which in turn, came shortly after he was promptly benched during UT’s game against BYU and shuffled down the QB pecking order.

While the sighting didn’t confirm that Gilbert was transferring to SMU, it alluded to the fact that Gilbert was indeed looking around because, basically, there was a slim-to-none chance he was getting his starting job back with the Longhorns.

All that said, it appears Gilbert will be transferring to the Mustangs, according to Kate Hairopoulos (awesome name) of the Dallas Morning News. Gilbert will be eligible to play beginning in 2013 because he transferred to another Division 1-A program, and he’ll have to get a special waiver from the NCAA if he’s to play an additional year. Gilbert would be a redshirt senior in 2013.

Gilbert attempted only 31 passes this season before getting pulled, throwing for 247 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. As a first-year starter in 2010, Gilbert threw for over 2,700 yards, 10 touchdowns, but a whopping 17 picks.

David Ash and Case McCoy have been sharing QB duties with Gilbert sidelined, but it appears Ash has been unofficially given the controls to UT’s offense.

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7 Responses to “Garrett Gilbert officially joins SMU”
  1. medtxpack says: Nov 1, 2011 3:40 PM

    sucks for SMU

  2. thefiesty1 says: Nov 1, 2011 3:56 PM

    Maybe they can get his confidence back after Greg Davis ruined him with his poor play calling last year at Texas. There is no way that the HS player of the year could be that bad.

  3. Deb says: Nov 1, 2011 4:49 PM

    SMU joining the Big East would be like getting the Death Penalty again. That conference is a mess.

  4. centexhorn says: Nov 1, 2011 5:56 PM

    I don’t care about the Big East crap, but I’m happy for Garrett Gilbert and SMU. They have a good program there. His brother Griffin will be playing close-by, at TCU. So they both move from ATX to the Metroplex.

  5. v2the4 says: Nov 2, 2011 1:59 AM

    Congrats to Garrett Gilbert on his transfer to SMU. All true Longhorn fans wish him the best and hope he gets his mojo back…this kid is a good player, and the terrible coaching and offensive strategy that Greg Davis put him in ruined his confidence.

    On a side note, Im suprised he didnt join his former high school coach, Chad Morris, who is the offensive coordinator at Clemson now. But, that probably had more to do with Clemson’s QB being a sophomore, and the QB’s on SMU’s roster are seniors, juniors and one redshirt freshmen

  6. 27xwschamps says: Nov 2, 2011 2:14 AM

    See u !!! 💩💩💩

  7. itstariq says: Nov 2, 2011 4:36 PM

    This worries me as a Houston fan.

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