The availability of Garrett Gilbert for SMU this weekend has been clarified, albeit not in the way head coach June Jones would’ve preferred.
Jones confirmed Tuesday that Gilbert has been ruled out of Friday’s game against Houston. Gilbert injured his knee sliding at the end of a second-quarter run and did not return.
He’s officially listed as questionable for the regular-season finale against UCF a week later, although he’s hopeful the injury’s not serious enough to keep him out beyond Week 14.
“Everything is structurally sound,” Gilbert said. “It just kind of depends on how my knee responds to treatment, so we’ll see.”
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).
With Gilbert out, redshirt freshman Neal Burcham will make his first career start as the 5-5 Mustangs look to reach bowl eligibility by winning one of their final two games.