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Boo birds triggered Garrett Gilbert’s transfer from Texas

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And now we know the rest of the story — although we kind of figured this was how it played out all along.

In an interview with, former SMU quarterback and current draft hopeful Garrett Gilbert opened up about his transfer from Texas in 2011.  Specifically, Gilbert acknowledged that the incessant booing he received at home as he attempted to replace UT legend Colt McCoy played a significant role in his decision to leave the Longhorns.

“Hearing boos again, not really being able to shake that, at that point I kind of knew it might be time to start over and wipe the slate clean,” Gilbert said, according to “It’s tough to sum up quickly. For whatever reason, things didn’t work out. I think that led to some forcing the ball, trying to force things to happen. Maybe I read the papers a little too much, as well.”

Gilbert was UT’s starter in 2010, and then the first two games of the 2011 season. Following a miserable performance in Week 2 against BYU — a week after suffering a shoulder injury — Gilbert was dropped to No. 3 on the depth chart behind sophomore Case McCoy and freshman David Ash in the week leading up to the UCLA this past weekend. The shoulder injury officially ended his season in mid-September; one month later, he was given a release from his UT scholarship.

In early November of 2011, Gilbert, a five-star member of UT’s 2009 recruiting class who nearly helped the Colt McCoy-less Longhorns upend Alabama in the BCS title game that season, transferred to SMU, finishing out his career with the Mustangs.

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9 Responses to “Boo birds triggered Garrett Gilbert’s transfer from Texas”
  1. cometkazie says: May 7, 2014 9:13 AM

    Boo Birds have no place in college football.

    Just in the NFL.

  2. mogogo1 says: May 7, 2014 10:22 AM

    Texas fans are a pretty fickle sort. I wonder if Charlie Strong truly grasps that yet. He’s been applauded for his comments about how they won’t be competing for a national title this year, but in another year or two people will be calling for his head if he says anything like that. Honeymoons in Texas are very short.

  3. 8to80texansblog says: May 7, 2014 11:00 AM

    He was put in a pretty impossible situation in the NCG and never really recovered in Austin. But he went to SMU and flourished. I think he was 2nd or 3rd nationally in total yards last year.

    But hey… way to go horns fan… booed a 5 star kid right out of the building and got left with 4 years of David Ashe and Case McCoy. How’d that work out for ya?

  4. thegonz13 says: May 7, 2014 11:27 AM

    Oh boy! If this kid can’t take booing at the college level, imagine how rattled he’ll be if he gets booed in the pros…

  5. gorilladunk says: May 7, 2014 1:52 PM

    What ignorant comments to make (by Gilbert) the week of the NFL draft. Think that might give some GM pause before a team wastes a pick on this mental midget? Geez, UT wonders why their 4 and 5 star players don’t pan out. What a bunch of mental lightweights.

  6. packerbadger says: May 7, 2014 5:07 PM

    Good luck in the NFL dude. Hope you don’t get drafted by a New York team.

  7. queenlivekillers says: May 8, 2014 4:02 AM

    Karma would place him in Philly.

  8. dg0122 says: May 8, 2014 7:49 AM

    8to80- Case McCoy has one thing to say to you:


  9. chalkruz1989 says: May 8, 2014 9:27 AM

    Garrett Gilbert surely looked like a different player uner June Jones’ watch. He was confident and showed off the arm that every scout raved about when he was competing at the high school level.

    Best of luck to him in the NFL.

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