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Corso: ex-UT QB Gilbert will get ‘probably better coaching’ at SMU

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Apparently, Lee Corso‘s “ah, f— it” mantra extends to offseason speaking engagements as well.

At the Doak Walker Award banquet Friday night, Corso, along with ESPN College GameDay colleagues Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit, served as hosts for the event.  At one point, Corso was asked about quarterback Garrett Gilbert transferring from Texas to SMU.  His response?

Gilbert will “probably [get] better coaching” than he received with the Longhorns.

(Good thing Corso works for ESPN and not ESPN’s UT network arm.)

Gilbert struggled mightily in his year-plus as a starter replacing Colt McCoy.  In 2010 with Greg Davis as offensive coordinator, Gilbert threw 17 interceptions versus 10 touchdown passes.  With new coordinator Bryan Harsin on board, Gilbert was benched after the second weekend of the 2011 season — a game in which he completed as many passes to BYU defenders (two) as he did to his teammates — before being given an unconditional release from UT in October.

At SMU, Gilbert will be guided by noted college QB developer June Jones and his high-octane passing attack, although Jones isn’t without his recent “missteps” at the position.  After throwing for nearly 4,000 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2010, Kyle Padron was benched by Jones following the 2011 season opener and ultimately transferred from the Mustangs.

Whether Gilbert will receive “better coaching” at SMU than he did at UT is debatable, although, if for nothing more than a change of scenery to a situation that’s lower profile and comes with less pressure, it’s hard to imagine Gilbert failing to improve upon his abysmal 15-game stint as the Longhorns’ starter.

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12 Responses to “Corso: ex-UT QB Gilbert will get ‘probably better coaching’ at SMU”
  1. jimbo75025 says: Feb 18, 2012 9:53 AM

    Eh, coaching in the run and shoot certainly.

    Not many (has there even been 1?) QB’s coming out of that system has really gone far in the pros though-Klinger, Ware, Brennan, God knows how many others were a few and out at best.

  2. gorilladunk says: Feb 18, 2012 10:13 AM

    @jimbo…good point. I can’t recall too many coming out of college but for the most part, the four and five receiver sets used by a ton of schools these days are a version of the run and shoot. Warren Moon and Jim Kelly did pretty well in the pros running these style offenses.

  3. kiopta1 says: Feb 18, 2012 10:52 AM

    You have to love it when older men lose their inner voice.

  4. jimbo75025 says: Feb 18, 2012 11:11 AM

    @jimbo…good point. I can’t recall too many coming out of college but for the most part, the four and five receiver sets used by a ton of schools these days are a version of the run and shoot. Warren Moon and Jim Kelly did pretty well in the pros running these style offenses.

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    Yup. Kelly was out of the 80’s Miami run the ball and throw to keep the DB’s honest mode out of college though. His arm certainly got a workout in the USFL though. Moon-the guy is so old I am not even sure where he went to school, but I think Moses was one of the WR’s !

    Really shocking that these guys who have to be able to make quick accurate reads/throws all day long in college have not been able to translate to the pro game. Guess we’ll see about the Keenum guy out of Houston in the next few years.

  5. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Feb 18, 2012 12:42 PM

    The inner voice is often the most truthful.

  6. drummerhoff says: Feb 18, 2012 1:20 PM

    The top criteria ought to be QBs coached by June Jones versus QBs coach by Byran Harsin (UT QB coach). That makes it Colt Brennen vs. Kellen Moore. If you don’t think Kellen Moore will do much in the NFL, is there really a difference between these two student-athletes?

    On a related note: Who are the most successful Big-school to smaller-school transfers who went on to have greater success at the low level school?

    I’ll start with: Raven’s QB Joe Flacco. He transferred from Pitt to 1AA Delaware.
    How about GJ Kinne? He transferred from … Texas to Tulsa … Oh wait, maybe old man Corso has a point?

  7. Casey Robbins says: Feb 18, 2012 3:23 PM

    “Corso: ex-UT QB Gilbert will get ‘probably better coaching’ at SMU.”

    Or probably not. Bryan Harsin is one of the best OCs in the game. If he pulled Gilbert, there’s no way some gimmick offense coaching can make him better. At best, they can only hope to utilize him so that he fits into the system and his stats improve. That won’t make him better, just his stats. I suppose an offense like June Jones could utilize him in that capacity. I highly doubt the coaching is better, though.

  8. thefiesty1 says: Feb 18, 2012 3:43 PM

    Anybody would be better than what he had as OC before Harsin had a chance to turn around the damage that Greg Davis did to him.

  9. centexhorn says: Feb 18, 2012 5:02 PM

    Right because UT can’t afford the best coaches….

  10. burntorangehorn says: Feb 19, 2012 11:20 AM

    Casey Robbins says:
    Feb 18, 2012 3:23 PM
    “Corso: ex-UT QB Gilbert will get ‘probably better coaching’ at SMU.”

    Or probably not. Bryan Harsin is one of the best OCs in the game. If he pulled Gilbert, there’s no way some gimmick offense coaching can make him better. At best, they can only hope to utilize him so that he fits into the system and his stats improve. That won’t make him better, just his stats. I suppose an offense like June Jones could utilize him in that capacity. I highly doubt the coaching is better, though.
    ==================================
    What makes you say that Harsin is one of the best in the game? It’s anyone’s guess how much of a role he played in BSU’s offensive success, considering he was handed the keys by Chris Petersen, who had already established the offense and set things in motion. I’m skeptical.

    And calling June Jones’ offense gimmicky when Harsin is coaching UT’s is a little odd, to be quite honest.

  11. burntorangehorn says: Feb 19, 2012 11:24 AM

    thefiesty1 says:
    Feb 18, 2012 3:43 PM
    Anybody would be better than what he had as OC before Harsin had a chance to turn around the damage that Greg Davis did to him.
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    Right, right, because anyone could do a better job of coaching than Greg Davis, who only presided over the most successful offenses and passing attacks in UT history, including the development of QB’s who produced three Heisman-runner-up seasons and three draft picks in the top three rounds of their respective drafts. Obviously those guys just coaches themselves.

    Rolling my eyes.

  12. burntorangehorn says: Feb 19, 2012 11:24 AM

    *coached themselves

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