Whether SMU has its All-Everything Quarterback at its disposal as it shoots for bowl eligibility remains to be seen, although the football program, at least at this point in time, is mildly optimistic.
Late in the second quarter of the Mustangs’ win over USF, Garrett Gilbert injured his knee while attempting a slide at the end of a run. Gilbert spent the second half on the sidelines, with a pair of crutches tucked underneath his arms.
The glass of head coach June Jones, though, was half-full when it came to the seriousness of the injury.
“The doctor thinks he just has a sprain, so that’s good,” said SMU coach June Jones. “It just depends on how long it’ll before he can support it and throw, but hopefully that’s right. Our doctor is about as good as I’ve had, and he’s never been wrong on a field test, so I think he’ll be OK.”
Despite the long-term optimism, Jones’ official designation of Gilbert for the Houston game this Friday is doubtful. With two games remaining, the Mustangs are one win shy of becoming bowl-eligible; not having Gilbert available for one or both of those games would be a tough postseason row to hoe.
Entering Week 13, Gilbert led the country in total offense and was third in passing yards. The injury that caused him to meet a little over a full half dropped the senior to third in the former category (379.5 yards per game) and fourth in the latter (352.8 ypg).