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.