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.
Posted on: January 3, 2011 5:41 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
No big surprise out of Columbia today, as Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert announced that he'd be joining the NFL draft this year. Gabbert, a junior, didn't have a statistically dominant 2010 season, tallying just 16 touchdowns on the year, and recording only the eighth-best quarterback efficiency rating in the Big 12. Gabbert did look sensational in the Insight Bowl, however, shredding the normally stingy Iowa pass defense for 434 yards and a touchdown (though his game-losing interception was, to say the least, unfortunate).
“This is definitely a bittersweet day for me, I was really looking forward to having a chance to do some special things next season with my teammates, but in the end, this is the right decision to make for myself and my family,” said Gabbert in a statement released by Missouri today. “These last three years have been an unbelievable experience for me, and I’ll miss being at Mizzou, but I’m definitely looking forward to this next stage of my life. I’m so grateful to have been part of such a great program and all of the people who have helped me get to this point, and now I have to take what I’ve learned, and build on that for the next level."
Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel praised his outgoing quarterback, calling Gabbert "an outstanding leader" for the Tigers and praising the hard work Gabbert put in as a two-year starter with Missouri.
And yet, though we don't doubt Pinkel's sincerity for a second as he lauds and encourages Gabbert, we must wonder how ready Missouri is to move on without its star quarterback. As the Columbia Tribune points out, the next-most experienced quarterback on the roster is freshman James Franklin , who completed 11 of 14 passes for 106 yards this year. Past that, it's fellow sophomore-to-be Ashton Glaser (no passing stats) and redshirting freshman Tyler Gabbert. Yes, Tyler and Blaine are brothers. No pressure, kid!