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Garrett Gilbert is no longer Texas' starting QB

Posted on: September 12, 2011 1:09 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2011 1:09 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

This news will come as a shock to absolutely no one who watched his performance and subsequent benching in Texas' game against BYU on Saturday night, but at least now it's been made official: Garrett Gilbert is no longer the starting quarterback for the Texas Longhorns.

Gilbert is now listed as the team's third quarterback on the depth chart behind both Case McCoy and David Ash. As for which one of those two will play when Texas travels to UCLA this weekend, the answer is both. The school has given no official word on which quarterback will take the first snap of the game on offense, but both will see time under center against the Bruins.

Texas also announced that running back Malcolm Brown will start after he lead the team in rushing the first two weeks of the season.

As for Gilbert, after he won the quarterback competition this fall, the year got off to a somewhat promising start. He didn't light the air on fire in Texas' opener against Rice, as he completed only 13 of 23 passes for 239 yards and a touchdown, but the fact he didn't turn the ball over provided a glimmer of hope. A glimmer that disappeared quickly on Saturday night when he completed only 2 of 8 passes and threw 2 interceptions against BYU before being booed off the field and replaced.

McCoy and Ash then came on to lead the Longhorns to a comeback 17-16 win over the Cougars.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: September 12, 2011 5:24 pm

Garrett Gilbert is no longer Texas' starting QB

We weren't booing Garrett Gilbert, a good kid with whom TEXAS fans had lost their patience.  We were booing so Mack would make the switch that he wouldn't make last year.  Gilbert was lost out there.  And our booing didn't help him.  But we had given up on him and wanted a change.  We will never know if we were wrong or not.  It is unlikely Gilbert will replace Ash or McCoy and defeat an OU or an Ok. State when Ash and McCoy struggle, as they surely will against seaoned teams.  But we got what we wanted--new blood at QB.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 4:40 pm

Garrett Gilbert is no longer Texas' starting QB

Good move, but as a Longhorn alum and fan, the booing was unacceptable. Grow up or move to Oklahoma. Malcolm Brown looks legit. Just running people over. Sure liked the sound of "McCoy to Shipley", also.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 4:10 pm

Garrett Gilbert is no longer Texas' starting QB

Gilbert probably got an extra chance because his dad was a great QB for Cal.  Ironic that Texas now plays UCLA without Gilbert as he probably wanted to beat UCLA badly -just like his father did. I don't follow Texas but fans should always appreciate the way he came in as a freshman when the starting QB was injured.

Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: September 12, 2011 3:28 pm

Can't wait til the Sooners STOMP a mudhole!!!

In the whiny Orange A$$ES! Mark that Calender Shorthorn fans, October 8th 2011 in Dallas! Boomer Sooner!

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 3:24 pm

Garrett Gilbert is no longer Texas' starting QB

In reality, Texas had a bad recruiting class a few years back and the ones who are rising to the surface now are the ones who came aboard when the Horns made their last run at a National Championship.

I've faulted Mack Brown in the past for staying too long with upper classmen and not giing the backup quarterback needed experience so both announcements are welcome news. Malcolm Brown has NFL potential that Fozzy Whittaker simply lacks. McCoy and Shipley have that chemistry that their older brothers had which took Texas to the MNC Game two years ago.

I do feel sorry for the players who got passed over. They worked hard but they just didn't develop, In Gilbert's case, he just doesn't make good reads and throws the ball into coverage too much.

Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: September 12, 2011 3:04 pm

Garrett Gilbert is no longer Texas' starting QB

It's amazing that it took this long for a coaching staff to realize this guy wasn't the right guy.  Personally I think David Ash is the guy they should go with.  The shuttling every play isn't the answer.

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 2:40 pm

Garrett Gilbert is no longer Texas' starting QB

How in the world did he take a $20m hit?

He was not going to be a top 10 or first round pick in the nfl, cfl, or ufl. 

This will allow him to focus on school, his adult income might have just gone up because he wasn't going to play professional qb under any circumstance.

Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: September 12, 2011 2:22 pm

Garrett Gilbert is no longer Texas' starting QB

Finally Mack Brown got something right again.  I thought he was going crazy or just didn't want the Texas job anymore.  Thank the Lord above that he has finally seen the light.  Garrett Gilbert is not a Quarterback and never will be one in College.  He might as well transfer to some FCS School, cause in some case that is like playing in High School, and that seems where he can play the best.  Now for Mack Brown when you have a Quarterback with the Last Name of McCoy, you would think that you would give that person every chance to play.  Considering his brother bascially has kept your job in the good graces of the school.  So finally we will have McCoy and Shipley Volume 2 out in Austin.  Lets see if they have as much success as their brothers did before.  But for Mack Brown it is looking good for the future or at least the 3 years the younger McCoy is there.

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: September 12, 2011 2:12 pm
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Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: September 12, 2011 2:09 pm

Garrett Gilbert is no longer Texas' starting QB

Remember to put this into perspective, the kid's future just took a $20million hit.   Hopefully he will transfer and be successful at another school.   He worked hard and has a lot of tools.  Hopefully he will catch up to the game.   All the best to GG, but I am glad the Texas staff made the right decision for the team.

Hook em!

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