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Garrett Gilbert officially joins SMU


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.

Rutgers reinstates WR Leonte Carroo to football team

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 28:  Wide receiver Leonte Carroo #4 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights makes a touchdown catch on the first play of the game against the Washington State Cougars at CenturyLink Field on August 28, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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While the news of late has been littered with the exits of two SEC wide receivers, one team from the Big Ten is welcoming back a player who plays the same position.

In a press release, Rutgers confirmed that Leonte Carroo has been reinstated to the Scarlet Knights football program.  The release stated that head coach Kyle Flood, who is suspended himself, “reinstated Carroo after the student-athlete agreed to the conditions of his reinstatement and after he accepted the responsibility that comes with his return to the team.”

The reinstatement comes one day after a domestic violence charge against him was dropped after the alleged victim decided not to testify against he former boyfriend.  Carroo had been accused of slamming a woman with whom he had a previous relationship into the concrete outside of the RU football facility last month.

Carroo has missed the last two games (Penn State, Kansas) because of the suspension.  He will be eligible to return to practice today and play in Saturday’s game against 10th-ranked Michigan State.

Despite missing those two contests, Carroo is still tops on the team in receiving yards with 181 and tied for the team lead with three receiving touchdowns.  He’s also averaging nearly 26 yards per reception.

Carroo led the Scarlet Knights last season in receptions (55), receiving yards (1,086) and receiving touchdowns (10).

Pig Howard dismissed by Vols

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 5: Pig Howard #2 of the Tennessee Volunteers fumbles the ball through the end zone during overtime of the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Neyland Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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It’s been a bad week for talented SEC wide receivers.

On the heels of Auburn giving the boot to D’haquille Williams following an alleged bar rampage, Tennessee announced Wednesday that Pig Howard has been dismissed from Butch Jones‘ football program.  Violations of unspecified team rules was the only explanation offered.

Howard had been suspended for the season opener for the same reason due to an unspecified incident several months before.  It’s unknown if the dismissal is related in any way to that suspension.

Injuries had allowed the senior to play in just two games this season, against Oklahoma and Western Carolina.  He had one reception for eight yards, with that coming in the overtime loss to the Sooners.

The past two seasons, Howard led the Vols in receiving with 54 and 44 receptions in 2014 and 2013, respectively.  He accounted for 1,006 receiving yards in that span, and has also scored a pair of rushing touchdowns.