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Report: Garrett Gilbert is Texas' starter

Posted on: May 9, 2011 11:15 am

Posted by Tom Fornelli

After having a rough season in his first year as starter, Garrett Gilbert was expected to compete with Case McCoy and Connor Wood for the starting quarterback job in Austin this season. It's a competition that Mack Brown and offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin haven't said much about, at least, not from a "who's winning" perspective. Though that doesn't mean that the Longhorns haven't made a choice.

According to Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman, the job belongs to Gilbert, and the Texas coaching staff just doesn't want to publicize it yet.

Junior-to-be quarterback Garrett Gilbert has been chosen as the Texas starter and been told so, one source who regularly talks to the football players told me, but Mack Brown and Bryan Harsin don’t want Connor Wood, Case McCoy and David Ash to stop working as hard as possible and haven’t made any public announcement on the starting position. I think it’d be smarter to show strength and confidence in Gilbert by announcing he’s the guy, which most all of us expect.

And since Bohls thinks it would be better for Texas to announce that Gilbert's the starter, Bohls went ahead and announced that Gilbert is the starter.

Bohls is correct in that this is what most of us were expecting as well. Yes, Gilbert had a rough sophomore season in Austin, but he also picked up a lot of experience that the rest of his competition just doesn't have. The fact is, after coming off of a 5-7 season, odds are that Texas isn't going to choose to go into a new season with an untested quarterback. Not unless he was far and away the best guy Texas had during the spring and summer.


Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: May 10, 2011 1:06 pm

Report: Garrett Gilbert is Texas' starter

"Story may have been printed a tad premature."

Understatment - this is the classic "media rush to be THE FIRST ONES and not caring about what's true or not" scenario.

Sad that this sort of BS passes for journalism.  Texas has not yet settled on their starter for the first game, much less on if that person will also be The Man for the whole 2011 season.

Since: Apr 18, 2008
Posted on: May 10, 2011 12:50 pm

Report: Garrett Gilbert is Texas' starter


Not offended at all.  Happy to be talking about some football even if it's a few months away.  You are correct that Texas can't come into this season trying to win 6 or 7 games.  If that does happen I think you will see all he** break lose in Austin.  I live in S. Cal now and have 4 other Texas fans/alums on my street.  We get together for games and talk about what we are doing at QB and all opinions aside, we better get the right decision made this time. 

Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: May 10, 2011 10:07 am

Report: Garrett Gilbert is Texas' starter

ESPN is reporting that both Harsin and Brown are claiming they have not yet reached a firm decision.  Story may have been printed a tad premature.

Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2011 8:07 am

Report: Garrett Gilbert is Texas' starter

It really should come down to who the rest of the team will play for. One of the reasons they did so good with Colt is he was a leader. They would play for him. One of these guys has to step up and take charge.

Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 10:17 pm

Report: Garrett Gilbert is Texas' starter

I am surprised to see CBS underrating Texas (not in preseason Top 25, as well as USC!). I expect a bounce back season of at least 9-3 this year and they will still be tough to deal with at the Cotton Bowl when the Sooners make the trek over the Red River. I was hoping we would get to get some revenge against Colt's little brother, Case. The key for Texas this year may be how fast can the young secondary mature. Diaz likely to bring the heat and put his young corners on an island. Will they starve?

Since: May 16, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2011 9:21 pm

Report: Garrett Gilbert is Texas' starter

What about Connor Wood ? He was very highly rated coming out of high school and I just assumed he is better than Case, but doesn't get the attention because of the McCoy name. All I know is that if Garrett Gilbert starts off this season as bad as he finished last season, a change must be made. We don't want to get Malcolm Brown killed before Connor Brewer, Johnathan Gray, and Cayleb Jones get here.

Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2011 5:37 pm

Report: Garrett Gilbert is Texas' starter

Mack doesn't have anyone to replace Gilbert.  Case McCoy looked aweful in the pre-season game.  I know that his stats looked good against the first defense, but his footwork was awkward, his fundamentals were shaky, and he simply doesn't have the natural talent that Gilbert has.   I understand that Colt didn't have the natural talent either, but a guy like Colt is the exception, not the rule.   (BTW, I am a HUGE Colt fan.)   Texas will be reloaded in the 2012 QB class.   If Gilbert doesn't work out this year, he won't start next year.

Mack isn't on the hot seat, and I hope he doesn't get there.  Do we really want to go back to the pre-Mack Texas?  I don't think so.

Hook 'em!

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: May 9, 2011 4:48 pm

Report: Garrett Gilbert is Texas' starter

This is the worst news.  Disaster.  It says that Mack is not willing to admit Gilbert didn't pan out.  Mack gambled on Gilbert last year.  He gambled so much that when Gilbert threw two, three or more interceptions Mack kept telling himself, "Garrett is getting experience."  Well, so what?   Sometimes bad experience is just that.  And sometimes it is demoralizing.  What do you expect Gilbert to say, "I didn't really develop last year so give Case a shot?"  Mack never, absolutely never gave anyone else a chance in that 5 and 7 debacle.  This Longhorn fan is angry.  And a 7 and 5 season, an 8 and 5, 9 and 4 winning a bowl game season is not going to do it for many of us if Gilbert is the QB.  I'd rather not watch a re-run of Garrett's ineptitude.  He had his chance.  Ask Darrell K. Royal.  He kept using Bill Bradley as his QB after the 6-4 1966 season.  Result?  Another 6-4 season in 1967.  What did he do in 1968?  He gave Bradley a beginning shot before quickly turning the reins over to an unproven James Street.  Street played two seasons of what became a 30 game win streak and Bradley became an all-pro punter/cornerback for the Eagles.  Where Gilbert belongs I don't know.  But it is not behind center when the Horns kick off their season against Rice or one of the 3 or 4 guarantee wins on their schedule.  Shame of you Mack Brown.  You're the guy who loses a $100 black jack wager and bets $200 the next hand.  Lose that and you bet $400.  It is a bad strategy in Las Vegas and in Austin.  I am sickened by this news.

Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: May 9, 2011 4:14 pm

Report: Garrett Gilbert is Texas' starter

Mack Brown is NOT on the hot seat.  One bad season doesn't put him in the same house as the hot seat much less the same room.

Only issue I see with Gilbert is poor decision making skills.  He reminds me of another NFL QB's son.  Gifted skills but no real decision making skills....Chris Simms.  Let's hope that Gilbert's struggles were the change in offense and players around him.  Let's hope that this year they have it all figured out and come out all guns blazzzin.


I didn't mean to offend you.  I thought my post was quite positive.  Texas will be fine, there is too much money in the system to fail for too long.  They will be back by the end of the year regardless who the QB is.

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2011 2:24 pm

Report: Garrett Gilbert is Texas' starter

Experience only counts if you learn something from it.......

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