Posted on: May 20, 2011 11:20 am
Edited on: May 20, 2011 11:24 am
By Brett McMurphy
CBSSports.com Senior Writer
Former Missouri quarterback Tyler Gabbert is visiting Louisville today, sources told CBSSports.com
Out of Parkway West High School, Gabbert initially committed to Nebraska where he was recruited by Huskers offensive coordinator Shawn Watson. Gabbert later de-committed and signed with Missouri.
Watson is now the quarterbacks coach at Louisville.
Other schools that Gabbert reportedly is interested in include Iowa, Clemson, Wake Forest and Arizona.
Gabbert left Missouri because he wanted an opportunity to compete for a starting position, his father Chuck told reporters. Gabbert was beaten out for Missouri’s starting position by James Franklin.
Gabbert’s older brother, Blaine, was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by Jacksonville.
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Posted on: May 11, 2011 12:58 pm
Edited on: May 11, 2011 3:00 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
In the latest episode of The Transfer, Tyler Gabbert's father informed Sporting News that Arizona, Arizona State, Clemson, Iowa, Louisville, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, and Arkansas State were all possible destinations for his son. Gabbert, the 6-0, 190 pound younger brother of first-round pick Blaine, was a nationally-ranked quarterback in the 2010 class but lost out on the quarterback competition at Missouri this spring.
But according to the Charleston Post and Courier, Clemson has absolutely no interest in obtaining Gabbert's services. Travis Sawchik even points out that bringing in Gabbert (a redshirt freshman heading into 2011) could end up hurting the Tigers in the recruitment of a top-ranked quarterback in the future. Head coach Dabo Swinney pulled in the No. 5 recruiting class last February according to MaxPreps.com. Throw in the arrival of high-octane coordinator Chad Morris from Tulsa, and the Tigers seem like a great landing spot for a hot young prospect looking to gain the attention of the NFL.
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Posted on: May 10, 2011 5:39 pm
Edited on: May 10, 2011 5:40 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
College free agency seems to be all the rage for quarterbacks these days, with Tyler Gabbert being the latest after announcing his departure from Missouri. Gabbert, the younger brother of Blaine - recently picked 10th overall in the NFL Draft by Jacksonville, was involved in a heated quarterback battle this spring with sophomore James Franklin. At spring's end, Franklin ended up as the team's starter and Gabbert decided it was time to take his talents elsewhere.
So where will Gabbert, once a highly sought-after recruit, end up?
The initial guess for many sends Gabbert back to Lincoln, where he originally committed before switching to the Tigers. But when Chuck Gabbert, Tyler's father, spoke to Sporting News about potential destinations: Nebraska was not on the list.
Chuck Gabbert, the player’s father, said Tyler already is in contact with the following programs: Arizona, Arizona State, Clemson, Iowa, Louisville, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest and Arkansas State.When Gabbert committed to Missouri in 2009 to join Blaine, Nebraska, Iowa, Oregon, and Wake Forest were all on his final list. The dark horse in my opinion is Louisville. Quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson was the one recruiting Gabbert to Nebraska, and reportedly developed strong ties with the redshirt freshman. Now with the Cardinals, Watson can try to lure Gabbert to Louisville. With both Teddy Bridgewater and Dominique Brown waiting on the depth chart behind Will Stein, the move would take Gabbert from one quarterback competition right into another, more heated one. But with Bridgewater and Brown both showing plenty of room for improvement this spring, there could be a chance for Watson's former recruit to earn some snaps.
Clemson also appears like an interesting choice for Gabbert. The Tigers have Tajh Boyd and freshman Cole Stoudt, but neither one has wowed the staff or fans in their limited exposure. Head coach Dabo Swinney has brought in a couple of top-ranked recruiting classes, and Clemson may be a quarterback away from being ACC title contenders once again.
The only certainties at this point, according to Tyler's father, are that he is looking to stay in a BCS conference and it will not be the Big 12. Where do you think Gabbert will land? Log in to CBSSports.com and let us know in the comment section below
Keep it here at the Eye on College Football for more on this story as it develops.
Posted on: March 28, 2011 7:02 pm
Edited on: March 28, 2011 7:04 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
College Football has no offseason. Every coach knows that the preparation for September begins now, in Spring Practice . So we here at the Eye on College Football will get you ready as teams open spring ball with our Spring Practice Primers . Today, we look at Louisville , who started spring practice last Monday.
First-year coach Charlie Strong turned last year's team of veterans into winners, but can he repeat the success with much less experience on the roster?
After the departure of Bobby Petrino, Louisville football fell into the cellar of the Big East. In three seasons under head coach Steve Kragthrope, the Cardinals only won five conference games. They had gone from being conference champs to conference chumps, a change had to be made.
Enter Charlie Strong. A seasoned veteran in the coaching community, Strong entered with a tenacity and energy that had clearly been building up during his 20+ years on the sideline as an assistant. After being passed over for multiple opportunities, Louisville was the school that gave him the keys to the kingdom. Cardinals fans may have been skeptical of the long-time assistant coach, but after seeing what he was able to do in 2010 there is only optimism for his potential with the program.
Louisville's 2010 squad was littered with frustrated upperclassmen, but that is to be expected after back-to-back 1-6 records in conference play. Strong saw potential in this group, and he was determined to get the most out of his players before they left the program. He liked the potential, but was dissatisfied with the attitudes - and he let them know. Strong ripped into the roster during his first team meeting in December 2009, shortly after his hiring. He criticized their lack of commitment in the classroom and on the field, introducing a new standard around Louisville football. Strong held up his end of the bargain, committing himself to the players and serving as an example of the energy and toughness he wanted to see on the field.
The result was their first postseason berth (and win) since the 2007 Orange Bowl win. It wasn't always pretty, but the turnaround was enough to revitalize the fan base and create a new sense of belief around the program. Even in the games that the Cardinals lost, they were almost always fighting. Five of the Cardinals' six losses were by 8 points or less. Not quite enough to become competitive in a wide-open Big East title race down the stretch, but enough to get the Cardinals back to the postseason.
One of the immediate concerns for Louisville in spring practice is their running game. At 175 yards/game, Louisville led the Big East in rushing offense last season. Much of that weight was carried by senior running back Bilal Powell. Powell racked up 1,405 yards and 11 touchdowns, despite missing a majority of two games due to injury/illness. He was spelled mostly by freshman Jeremy Wright, who picked up 327 yards and four touchdowns in limited appearances. But with Wright missing spring practice rehabbing from offseason knee surgery, opportunity will knock again for senior Victor Anderson.
Anderson exploded as a freshman in 2008, rushing for 1,047 yards and being named the Big East Rookie of the Year. But a nagging shoulder injury in 2009 eventually ended his sophomore campaign in surgery. Anderson stepped up with a 108 yard performance against Arkansas State early in 2010, but failed to find the end zone and saw his carries diminish as the season came to a close. With Powell graduated and Wright missing spring practice, Anderson can use the opportunity to reclaim his position in the running back rotation.
Finding those holes might be difficult early, with Louisville only returning one starter from last year's offensive line. Center Mario Benavides will be counted on to lead a new group of trench warriors in 2011, but for now he'll have to lead from the sidelines as he recovers from shoulder surgery. But Strong doesn't need the an experienced offensive line to lead vocally, he just needs tough players to lead by example.
"We have a lot of skill guys coming back," Strong explained to the media before spring practice began. "But what you don't ever want to do is let that be the core of your team. The toughness of your team is built up front, with the offensive and defensive lines.
"I don't mind leadership coming from that group [of skill players] if it has to, but the core of our team has to be from the front people."
That core group of offensive lineman will also have an important task this spring: getting used to a new quarterback. For now, that starting quarterback appears to be Will Stein. Formerly a walk-on, the redshirt junior is the heir apparent to the position with both of last year's starters (both seniors) gone. Louisville fans will want to see early enrollee Teddy Bridgewater, the nationally ranked dual-threat quarterback who chose the Cardinals over Miami after Randy Shannon was fired. But according to reports from practice, it seems like Bridgewater has a lot of learning left to do before he can line up with the first string.
But along with Bridgewater, there will be many inexperienced players who get to see increased time this spring due to injuries. Strong announced a list of 14 players who will miss spring practice due to injury and/or offseason surgery. The list contained several potential starters, including the aforementioned shoulder injury to Benavides, and yet another knee injury for redshirt freshman wide receiver Michaelee Harris. For a team that will be looking to replace 14 starters on offense and defense, it certainly does not help having those candidates on the sideline. Strong put is putting a positive spin on it, arguing that the extra development will only improve the depth in the long run.
So what can Cardinals fans expect from Louisville in the fall? My guess is that they will be a team that develops as the season is progressing. They kick off the season with Murray State, Florida International, and Kentucky before getting a bye week at the end of September. The advantage for the Cardinals will be game-speed experience and one true road test before ever having to play their first conference game.
The obvious disadvantage to Louisville's schedule is nine straight games without a break to close the season. The coaching staff can only hope that the health issues of the spring don't linger into the fall. A college football season often will take its toll on a team around late October/early November. With no weeks off in their conference schedule, surviving the Big East round-robin will be the ultimate gut-check.
Last year, that would have been time for the seniors to step forward and provide an example for this team. With a younger squad, the challenge becomes greater for Strong to get the most out of his players. When they are banged up and beaten down, they will look to Strong for energy and toughness.
Luckily, those qualities don't to seem to be in short supply with Charlie Strong.
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Posted on: January 9, 2011 9:56 am
Edited on: January 9, 2011 10:34 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
SAN ANTONIO, Tex. – The trophy was raised, the confetti was falling and the hollering from the East squad was energetic.
At that moment, it seemed that the Army All-American Bowl week was over. For the players meandering around the Alamodome floor however, the experiences and friendships developed in San Antonio would prevent the game from ever ending.
“I met a lot of great players from all over, from the east and the west team,” West cornerback De’Anthony Thomas said. “This game, to me, was about friendship. A lot of us are going to the next level and we’ll be competing against each other.”
To a man, from the 5-foot-9 Thomas to the 6-foot-6 Antonio Richardson, players gushed with how they would cherish the memories they made and the bonds they formed.
“Overall, I’m proud of my team, I built a lot of relationships this week,” Richardson said. “I’m sorry I have to leave, it’s almost like these guys are my family now. I’m going to miss these guys.”
Louisville commit Teddy Bridgewater also grasped that the week was more about football, about more than a win or a loss. Standing off to the side as his teammates celebrated their victory, Bridgewater talked at length with an army corporal.
“It’s a privilege, not everyone gets to wear their flag on their jersey and play for their country. This past week has been indescribable,” he said. “It opened my eyes to the world, I sat down and talked with my soldiers and they told me how life is in the army. I was asking them questions. You know you have to have that heart and that courage to be able to put your life on the line each and every day. I just want to say thank you to the soldiers.”
Timing Down Pat
Bridgewater also made a memory on the field, scoring the East’s first points of the game and turning the momentum of the ball game around with a perfectly lofted 22 yard fade to Miles Shuler.
“It was third down and cover zero,” Bridgewater said of the play. “We ran a vertical switch. That’s a hard play to stop when you’re in man coverage. The wide receiver did a good job of selling the out route and converting it into a vertical. Our timing was down pat, we worked on that pass in practice and executed it in the game.”
Developing timing is difficult as is for quarterbacks but Bridgewater was able to overcome that and more during a frustrating week of practice.
“It’s very hard, especially for me, because during the week I was suffering from a groin injury,” he said. “For some reason, every time a game comes around I don’t feel any injury. I was limited in practice to throwing and the little throwing I did, it paid off out here.”
Of course, having so many four and five-star guys to throw to wasn’t a bad perk.
“To be able to throw to different receivers from across the country, with different speeds, different sizes and with some of the best hands in the country, that’s a privilege,” he said. “We only had four days to really get the timing down but it was something special.”
Hart Rolls Into History
Demetrius ‘Dee’ Hart was going to make headlines no matter what he did in the game on Saturday. As one of the best backs in the nation, his commitment would be him talking the talk. On the field, his performance allowed him to walk the walk as Hart became the first player to eclipse 100 yards rushing in Army All-American Bowl history.
“It’s an honor and I am just humbled by it,” Hart said. “The other guys upfront just went out and did their job which helped me get my yardage. I couldn’t have done it without them. To be the first 100-yard rusher in Bowl history is great and, again, I’m just humbled when you think of the players like Adrian Petersen that have played in this game.
“It’s been an amazing week and this is a great, great way to end it.”
As a result of his efforts, Hart was named Army Bowl MVP. Most of his yardage came on one play, a 69 yard scamper along the numbers before finally being tackled.
“Yeah I thought I was going to (score),” he said with a large grin. “We were trying to set it up, we were running up and coach was like, do we have anybody that can run around the edge? Everybody was looking around and I was like, ‘I’ll get it.’ So he said, ‘Dee go in.’
“When I got it, there was one guy up front and I felt like we were one-on-one so you’ve just got to tackle me and he didn’t. So I got into the second level and saw (Nickolas) Brassell. I thought he was going to block the guy but he was running with me trying to celebrate (laughs).”
Hart’s 69-yard run was the third-longest since at least 2004. … The win propelled the East to a 6-5 lead over the West all-time. … Saturday’s attendance of 37,893 was a new Army All-American Bowl record. … The final score of 13-10 made the game the lowest-scoring game. … The East set a Bowl record with 12 sacks. … The East outrushed the West 169 yards to -20 while the West out-passed the East 164 yards to 90.
Posted on: December 20, 2010 12:27 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
If you've followed college football coaches on Twitter for any length of time, at some point you've probably seen them enthusiastically celebrating some curiously non-specific positive development. This tweet from Louisville head coach Charlie Strong from earlier today is a perfect example:
When these tweets appear, it's a safe bet the team in question has just landed a big commitment for their next recruiting class (though NCAA rules prevent them from commenting on them by name until a letter-of-intent is signed). It didn't take long for the news to spread that that was the case here as well, as Miami-Northwestern dual-threat quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has pledged to sign with the Cardinals .
If Bridgewater follows through and signs with Louisville, it will be a massive coup for Strong and the Cards. Bridgewater is rated as high as a five-star prospect by some services and a four-star, top-100 talent virtually everywhere; Maxpreps' Tom Lemming ranks him the No. 96 player in the country. For a program like Louisville with little in the way of past recruiting successes on this level, not only landing a prospect of Bridgewater's stature but landing him from points as distant as Miami is a huge, huge statement for Strong and his staff; one local writer has already called Bridgewater the "biggest recruit in school history." Combine the continued improvement the Cards showed under Strong this season with wins on the recruiting trail like Bridgewater, and "the Ville" will be challening for Big East titles sooner rather than later.
On the flip side, Bridgewater's decommitment from Miami in the wake of Randy Shannon's firing and subsequent snubbing of the new 'Cane staff under Al Golden is not the early message Golden wanted to send on the recruiting trail. Northwestern has long been a key pipeline for the Hurricanes, and though one recruit bolting in the immediate wake of the coaching turnover doesn't necessarily indicate there's any long-term damage done, Golden will have to stop the bleeding in a hurry and keep as much Miami talent at home as he can, or his tenure won't end any differently than Shannon's.