UCF already knows it will be BCS bowling in the postseason. Now, the Knights may avoid facing SMU’s most productive offensive player as they look to put the finishing touches on the best regular season in the football program’s history.
Quarterback Garrett Gilbert suffered a knee injury in SMU’s Nov. 23 win over USF and did not play in the following week’s game against Houston. Officially listed as questionable for the game against the Knights Saturday, head coach June Jones said there’s a “40 percent” chance Gilbert plays tomorrow as the Mustangs look to become bowl-eligible.
“He’s just been working with his knee and throwing on his own,” Jones said. “I think he’s doing well. If this were the National Football League, he’d be playing. But it’s not, and we have to think more about his safety.”
Entering the USF game, Gilbert led the country in total offense and was third in passing yards. Despite missing what was essentially a game and a half worth of playing time, the senior is still second and ninth, respectively, in those two statistical categories.
If Gilbert is unable to go, redshirt freshman Neal Burcham would again get the start. In his first career start, Burcham threw for 212 yards and three interceptions in the loss to the Cougars