Gilbert was thrust into the national spotlight on January 7, 2010, when McCoy was knocked out of the Citi BCS National Championship game versus Alabama on the third play of the game. Gilbert had just watched one of his idols get knocked out of the game, and then had a very rough start to his Texas career, going 15-40 for 186 yards, 2 TDs, 4 interceptions and a fumble. Talk about growing up in a hurry!
But there are some reasons for hope, Texas fans. Gilbert had to grow up fast. He goes into next season the clear-cut starting QB for the Longhorns and, frankly, he now has big-game experience. Color me stupid, but I doubt seriously whether any OU or A&M game, though huge in their own rights, will ever match what he had to endure that long night in Pasadena.
I just do not believe it is possible. I mean, the first touchdown of his career was a 44-yard laser to Jordan Shipley, in the national championship game, people!! It just doesn’t get anymore pressure-packed that.
So, here we are, a full 12 years into the Mack Brown era at “The 40 Acres” and, in that span, Texas is about to have its third straight starting quarterback drafted into the NFL. And, if everything holds true-as the experts believe it will-Gilbert will be the fourth consecutive QB from Texas to get drafted.
Four straight QBs in the NFL? From Texas? So, I ask you, other than USC, is there another school out there that can claim that recently and, if not, isn’t Texas making a fair argument for becoming “Quarterback U”?