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Report: Garrett Gilbert transferring to SMU

Posted on: November 1, 2011 3:50 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 3:52 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

Former Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert will transfer to SMU in January with plans to play football, according to a local report.

The Dallas Morning News is reporting the former Longhorns starter plans to enroll in school for the spring semester, and will be eligible to play for the Mustangs in 2013. Gilbert could potentially apply for a medical waiver for an extra year of eligibility after undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery after just two games of action. Without the waiver, Gilbert will be a redshirt senior eligible for only the 2013 season.

Gilbert was 7-7 as a starting quarterback in Austin. His career started with a last-minute call to replace the injured Colt McCoy against Alabama in the National Championship game his freshman year. He started every game the following season, a disappointing 5-7 campaign for the defending Big 12 Champions. Gilbert lit up the stat sheet with 2,700 yards but his 10 touchdowns to 17 interceptions proved to be more harm than good for the Longhorns. Between the surgery and a new offensive coordinator appearing to hand the reigns to younger talent, Gilbert decided it was time to take his talents elsewhere.

Gilbert visited SMU practice a few weeks ago after declaring his intentions to leave Texas, and the Mustangs reportedly are comfortable with the idea of potentially only having Gilbert for the 2013 season.

The Mustangs find themselves in the news this week as they reportedly await the official invitation to join the Big East. John Marinatto announced the official approval from league presidents on Tuesday, and SMU is expected to accept the invitation to join the conference in all sports.

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Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 10:24 am

Report: Garrett Gilbert transferring to SMU

Good move for Gilbert and good luck to him. He just got thrown in at the wrong situation and never recovered.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 7:56 am

Report: Garrett Gilbert transferring to SMU

Great post and you're right that you don't want to throw away 2 good years of college football.  Even though the competition is less competitive, if you're a good to great Quarterback on Saturdays, they will find you and you will hopefully have a chance to showcase your skills on Sundays....

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:12 am

Report: Garrett Gilbert transferring to SMU

He is going to a smaller school.  He won't get hammered nearly as badly in the Big Least as he would in the Big 12.  The Big Least is about to become football's biggest impostor.  They are the MAC or CUSA getting to call themselves a major conference.  Gilbert never truly recovered from having to try and replace Colt McCoy in the BS Sham-pionship game.  It was obviously never going to happen for him at Texas.  
At least he has handled himself with class on the way out the door.   

Since: Dec 11, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:16 pm

Report: Garrett Gilbert transferring to SMU

Surprised he didn't go to a smaller school (successful one) like Sam Houston State or SFA, have 2 years of eligibility left.  Some former QB's have done that in Texas (McCown - Sam Houston State, I believe as an example) and have parlayed that into the NFL.  You never want to through away the years, though it is a "step" down in competition. 

Since: Sep 27, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:58 pm

Report: Garrett Gilbert transferring to SMU

Good luck, young Mr. Gilbert. Unfortunately, you reminded too many people of Chris Simms. Maybe you can be like the Lee kid at LSU and come back strong. 

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