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’40 percent’ chance SMU’s Garrett Gilbert plays in season finale vs. UCF

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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

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2 Responses to “’40 percent’ chance SMU’s Garrett Gilbert plays in season finale vs. UCF”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 6, 2013 11:23 AM

    Imagine what Gilbert could have done in Austin had Mack not ruined him…

  2. v2the4 says: Dec 6, 2013 11:29 AM

    Mack Brown and Greg Davis…they should have just let him run the same offense that he ran in high school…the one he is running at SMU right now, where he third in yards per game among qbs in the nation.

    SMU needs this game for bowl eligibility. UCF has already wrapped up the AAC and the BCS birth, but they don’t wont to limp into the postseason. but, with an icy field and a gimpy qb, you don’t want to chance this guys future, but I bet Gilbert will play on Saturday trying to get SMU to a bowl game.

    the weather in Dallas will be downright miserable and nasty on Saturday…the roads are going to be iced over ,and the turf at SMU’s Ford Field could be iced over too…numerous high school regional finals have been moved to Monday due to the roads conditions

    its supposed to be 80*today- this weekend in Orlando, so imagine how UCF feels coming into frigid Dallas.

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