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Coming out of High School Garrett Gilbert had every accolade you could try to achieve in High School. Gilbert was a five star recruit, Gatorade and Parade National Player of the Year, EA Sports Mr. Football USA, USA Today’s Offensive Player of the Year, and won two straight Texas 4A State Championships.
Point is Garrett Gilbert can play and win.
Winning in high school does not guarantee success at the next level but his play in the second half of the Championship game against Alabama and the best defense in the country showed Garrett can play well at the college level.
Everyone is judging Gilbert based on the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately standard. This is not excuse time for Garrett but if you look at his whole body of work, does Gilbert come off as the reason for Texas’ lack of success last season?
A majority of Garrett Gilbert’s games, which include his high school games and the national championship, have been great games for him; only last season did a Gilbert lead team not play well.
I discount the first half of the BCS title game because no quarterback ever would have been successful in that situation. So Garrett’s high school games and second half of the championship game were all that you can ask for from Gilbert and more.
Gilbert has the tools to be a great quarterback and even though last season was a disaster, playing last year was great for Garrett Gilbert to learn from.