Tyler Gabbert: Switching Sides, Florida and 5 Places Gabbert Could End Up

Matt Zvolanek@MattZvolanekCorrespondent IIMay 11, 2011

Tyler Gabbert: Switching Sides, Florida and 5 Places Gabbert Could End Up

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    It appears the Gabbert dynasty is over in Columbia. 

    With junior starting QB Blaine Gabbert running off to the NFL and younger brother Tyler Gabbert transferring, Mizzou has lost at least one great QB, maybe two. 

    How Tyler does depends on where he goes. 

    These are just a few of the schools that could be possible destinations.


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    EVANSTON, IL - OCTOBER 23: Head coach Pat Fitzgerald of the Northwestern Wildcats encourages his team as they take on the Michigan State Spartans at Ryan Field on October 23, 2010 in Evanston, Illinois. Michigan State defeated Northwestern 35-27. (Photo b
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    Gabbert could do what Missouri wasn't able to, and that's go to the Big Ten. 

    He wouldn't be eligible to play until 2012, which works out perfectly because Northwestern's current QB, Dan Persa, graduates after the 2011 season. 

    One would expect Gabbert to win the QB competition and start in 2012. 

    Also, Northwestern's offense is very similar to that of Mizzou's.


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    LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 16: Quarterback Taylor Martinez #3 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers throws downfield during first half action of their game at Memorial Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Texas Defeated Nebraska 20-13. (Photo by Eric Franci
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    This is a long shot, what with Nebraska having three quarterbacks already,

    Gabbert could come back to Nebraska.  He initially committed to the Cornhuskers but, like his brother, ended up going to Mizzou. 

    It's hard to say if Gabbert would fit into Nebraska's offense, mainly because no one (except Tim Beck) knows what the offense is going to look like. 


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    EL PASO, TX - DECEMBER 30:  Quarterback Jacory Harris #12 of the Miami Hurricanes throws against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the Hyundai Sun Bowl at Sun Bowl on December 30, 2010 in El Paso, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    It seems like every year Jacory Harris is hyped up and then doesn't live up the the lofty expectations. 

    Gabbert could come in and help get the Hurricanes back on track. 

    Of course, this wouldn't be until 2012, but Al Golden is a good coach and might see potential in the younger Gabbert.


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    GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 16:  Quarterback John Brantley #12 of the Florida Gators sets to pass against the Mississippi State Bulldogs October 16, 2010 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    With the departure of Tim Tebow, the Gators took a step back in 2010. 

    Add to the equation Urban Meyer's leaving and now there's a mess.  The hire of Will Muschamp was a good one, as was Charlie Weis at offensive coordinator. 

    Gabbert could definitely fit into Weis' schemes.  The only problem is the amount of talent in the state of Florida. 

    Would the Gators be willing to take a chance on an unproven QB?


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    One possibility for Gabbert is to skip the FBS schools (and the one-year waiting period) and transfer to a FCS school. 

    There are numerous possibilities and many schools would love to have a player like Gabbert under center. 

    Can you imagine a Gabbert-led team knocking off a perennial FBS powerhouse, like James Madison did to Va Tech and Appalachian State to Michigan?