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A new Gabbert claims the Mizzou throne

Posted on: March 23, 2011 12:06 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

In my Spring Practice Primer on Missouri earlier this month, the focus of the preview was Missouri finding a quarterback to replace the departed Blaine Gabbert, who some feel may be the first quarterback taken in the NFL Draft this spring. The candidates were James Franklin, Ashton Glaser and Tyler Gabbert, the younger brother of Blaine.

Well, it seems that the Missouri quarterback position is becoming a bit of a family affair. After a very strong performance in in Mizzou's lone scrimmage this spring, Tyler Gabbert took the reins as the Tigers' quarterback during practice on Tuesday. Of course, this is still just spring practice, and there's a long way to go before the season starts.

Gabbert can lose the job and then win it back four more times before that happens, which he realizes, and says that a bad day here or there won't shake his confidence.

“You have to [stay confident],” Gabbert told the Kansas City Star. “At the same time, you have to stay humble and stay hungry. But if you get an opportunity, you have to go out and capitalize. That’s what I’m looking forward to.”

That being said, the fact Gabbert was able to take over from the "favorite" James Franklin so quickly is a strong indication of what's likely to happen this fall.

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