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Report: Ex-Mizzou QB Tyler Gabbert to UCF

Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:53 pm

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

After a handful of false starts, former Missouri quarterback Tyler Gabbert has reportedly found his next FBS program.

Per the Orlando Sentinel, Gabbert is transferring to UCF and will join the Knights as a sophomore with three years of eligibility remaining. A native of Ballwin, Mo., Gabbert is currently taking classes at a St. Louis community college, the Sentinel reported.  

Gabbert began his college career in Columbia, following in his famous five-star brother Blaine Gabbert's oversized footsteps. A prized four-star recruit himself, Tyler redshirted during the 2010 season and was expected by many to take over for his brother come the 2011 campaign. But Gabbert lost out on the Tigers' starting job to James Franklin in spring practices and -- not wasting any time -- elected to transfer in May. He committed himself to Louisville in June (enough so that Charlie Strong issued a tweet welcoming him to the Cardinal program) only to ultimately choose not to enroll there, either.

His decision to finally land at UCF, though, may prove to be a win-win for both sides. The Knights are desperate for quarterbacking depth following the transfer of Jeff Godfreywith incumbent starter Blake Bortles the only scholarship quarterback currently on the UCF roster. At the very least, Gabbert should offer them a high-quality insurance policy in the event of an injury to Bortles.

As for what Gabbert gets out of the move to UCF, though impressive in his 10 appearances, Bortles is only a true sophomore himself and could conceivably cede the starting position -- or at least the occasional snap -- to a prospect of Gabbert's talents. Despite a lackluster 2011 season as Godfrey and Bortles played tug-of-war under center, the Knights still boast one of the deepest rosters in Conference USA and could give Gabbert an excellent chance at guiding a bowl-bound offense or even a league title-winning team if he can beat out Bortles.

That's a big "if," but on paper, it seems to be worth the gamble for both Gabbert and George O'Leary's recovering program.

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Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:59 pm

Report: Ex-Mizzou QB Tyler Gabbert to UCF

your going to call him an nfl bust after his rookie year?let me give you a true meaning of bust-vernon gholston, glenn dorsey, jamarcus russell, ryan leaf, tim couch etc.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:52 pm

Report: Ex-Mizzou QB Tyler Gabbert to UCF

I always shake my head sadly at the stories about college QBs who transfer because they think they are entitled to starting jobs and an NFL career. If they can't even win the starting position on ANY college team, the odds of them doing anything in the NFL are very, very low.

Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:37 pm

Report: Ex-Mizzou QB Tyler Gabbert to UCF

Agree with that comment... and big bro is no good either.  Can you say "NFL bust"?

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:41 pm

Report: Ex-Mizzou QB Tyler Gabbert to UCF

I know zero about Bortles, but I would bet on him to beat out Tyler Gabbert.  Gabbert appears to lack intestinal fortitude, thinking that a program is going to hand him the job of starting QB without having to earn it on the field.  Having a son who played against Gabbert in high school, I really fail to see what the hype is about.  Nothing special.

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