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Garrett Gilbert could play immediately for SMU

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Under normal NCAA rules, when a player transfers from one Division 1-A school to another, they have to sit out one year — unless they’ve already graduated from their previous program.

That exception could apply to former Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who will be moving on to SMU after a pair of disappointing seasons as a Longhorns quarterback. FOX Sports Southwest reports that Gilbert is staying at UT and will graduate this spring, making him immediately eligible to compete for a starting job with the Mustangs.

Had Gilbert transferred before finishing his undergraduate degree, he wouldn’t have been available to play until 2013 as a redshirt senior and would have to get a special waiver from the NCAA to play beyond that.

All of this comes shortly after former SMU starter Kyle Padron was granted release from his scholarshipJ.J. McDermott, who took over SMU’s offense when Padron was benched in the first game of 2011, has used up all his eligibility.

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7 Responses to “Garrett Gilbert could play immediately for SMU”
  1. rolltide510 says: Feb 3, 2012 4:18 PM

    I never understood how Gilbert could come off the bench as a true frosh in a national championship game and play pretty well, and then be so bad.

    Either it’s all Mack Brown’s fault or Marcel Dareus tore his soul out on the way to the endzone. I could go either way.

  2. barnesaintnoble says: Feb 3, 2012 4:34 PM

    It’s all Mack Brown’s fault. Terrible OL recruiting and development and the stupidest offense for Gilbert’s talent and skills.

    Of course, the most powerful coaches can use their player(s) as a scapegoat..

  3. brenenostler says: Feb 3, 2012 5:20 PM

    I was at that first SMU game. It was vs. Texas A&M. The guy threw two picks and was benched for the season. They weren’t going to win regardless.

  4. coolhorn46 says: Feb 3, 2012 5:47 PM

    Garrett Gilbert was a record-setting shotgun quarterback at Lake Travis High School, so of course, when he got to UT and was designated the starter his second year, the brilliant decision was made to put him directly under center, something he’d rarely done.

    As mentioned before, the offensive line was just…offensive, a sieve. There was no running attack to speak of, and no receiver he could depend on to make a difficult catch, or even an easy one. The worst thing is that offensive coordinator Greg Davis basically threw Garrett to the dogs with an offense that had no cohesion.

    It’s no surprise that Gilbert didn’t succeed, and it’s no surprise that his confidence was shattered. The best thing that can be said is that UT now has a competent offensive coordinator, and is putting all of the tools in place for David Ash, Conner Brewer, and quarterbacks down the road to be much more successful than Gilbert was.

    I’m a Horn fan, and I honestly hope Garrett Gilbert finds success this next year playing for June Jones at SMU. He’s earned every bit of the success he gets.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Feb 3, 2012 7:40 PM

    Gilbert inherited the absolute worse OC in the history of football. His confidence was completely blown by the poor play calling that McCoy and VY ignored.

  6. pdcooper08 says: Feb 3, 2012 10:31 PM

    I understand the O-line was horrible his first year, but I don’t understand why. UT every year is top 5 in recruiting and they have as much talent at every position as any school in the nation. How could they play so poorly. Those players where 4 and 5 star players in HS.

    Who was the OC that year? To me, he looked scared and very unsure of his reads.

  7. v2the4 says: Feb 4, 2012 1:29 AM

    The OC that year was Greg Davis, who had been with Mac Brown since 1986 when they were at Tulane….the OL coach was Mac McWorther….UT made a horrible decision that they were going to be a power running team without a power running back that year..they had the 250 pd RB/FB Johnson trying to run the ball, and the rest of the RB’s that year were scat backs like Trey Newton, DJ Monroe, and Jeremy Hills…..

    Gilbert should have been allowed to run the spread, and once he gets to SMU, you will see a totally different QB, not the deer in the headlights qb that we saw in Austin for the last two years….I wish him well and hope he gets his swagger back in Dallas.

    they should have never went away from the spread that both VY and Colt McCoy ran to perfection the previous six years before that…but, sometimes a power program needs to have a down year to bring in some new blood….Davis and McWorther “retired”….UT brought in Byran Haslin from Boise as the OC and Manny Diaz from Miss St as the new DC….the defense played lights out last year, and while the running game was improved, the QB play was horrible last year.

    Coming into the 2012 season, UT has an embarrasment of riches at RB with Malcolm Brown, Joe Bergeron and incoming blue chipper Johnathon Gray…..they have more WR’s than most team have OL…..they have a top five defense, and the young DB’s got plenty of experience last year…..if UT can get anything from either Case McCoy, David Ash or frosh Conner Brewer, then sky is the limit for this time…

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