Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Source: Garrett Gilbert to go to SMU
Former Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert has told SMU he intends to enroll there, a source told ESPN's Joe Schad.
Gilbert could sit out next season and possibly succeed Kyle Padron with one year of eligibility remaining.
Gilbert lost his starting job after two games with Texas this season and then had season-ending shoulder surgery.
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Gilbert was given an unconditional release from his scholarship to find another school.
Gilbert said last month that he talked to coach Mack Brown and the staff and decided "it is in my best interest to transfer. I can't thank all of my teammates and everyone at Texas enough for all of their support, but I just think I'm at a point in my life where I need a fresh start."
A former high school national player of the year from nearby Lake Travis, Gilbert grew up dreaming of playing for the Longhorns. He was thrust into the national spotlight as a freshman when he came off the bench in the first quarter of the 2010 BCS Championship Game against Alabama to replace injured starter Colt McCoy.
Gilbert rallied the Longhorns in the second half but also threw four interceptions as Texas lost.
He started every game in the 2010 season but threw 17 interceptions as Texas fell to 5-7 and missed a bowl game for the first time since 1997.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.