Texas Football Will Go As Far as Garrett Gilbert Can Take Them

By Jeff Shull

After a horrible year by UT’s standards, the Longhorns set out to put the 2010 season behind them—but with the recent announcement that Garrett Gilbert will be the starting quarterback, it will be tough to forget that season right away.

GG had 10 touchdowns and 17 interceptions last year, misguiding Texas to a 5-7 record, their first losing season since 1997 and only one under Mack Brown.

Many believed Case McCoy, brother of star Texas QB Colt, was a favorite to win the job, but Gilbert’s leadership was evidently the deciding factor.

Long time offensive coordinator Greg Davis is gone—many Texas fans rejoiced when this happened. With a new offense under former Texas QB Major Applewhite and Bryan Harsin from Boise state, maybe this is the breakout year Longhorn fans have been waiting for.

Gilbert’s 2010 was a surprise to many; he spelled Colt McCoy in the 2009 BCS National Championship game and played better than expected.

The rationalization was “well, if he can do it on that kind of a national stage against a top defense, this is going to be a great QB.” That’s obviously not how it turned out, but the potential for greatness is still there.

Texas is only going to go as far as GG takes them, which hopefully is better than 5-7 for his sake.

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