It is obvious to pretty much everyone that Garrett Gilbert is a talented QB with a bright future ahead of him. While I expected him to go through some growing pains this season as a new starter, I underestimated how much the weakness of the offensive line would hurt texas, and how few opportunities Gilbert would have to really sling the rock. I thought texas would struggle to run the ball somewhat behind your offensive line, but would be making enough big plays against weak non-conference competition to hide the problems behind misleading stats. This simply hasn't happened.
I also thought Davis would eventually move to putting Gilbert in shotgun more, and letting him sling the ball around in a spread attack similar to what he ran at Lake Travis, mostly likely making this the basis of your offensive scheme after the Oklahoma game. Your WRs haven't developed enough consistency and the offensive line hasn't provided sufficient protection for this to happen yet. Your offense is still searching for an identity after three games. Do they even know what their bread-and-butter play is yet?
So, heading into the UCLA game which is to start in 15 minutes, Gilbert still has yet to break the 300 yard passing mark in a game this season. The question remains, which game will Davis take the shackles off and let Gilbert fling the ball around and move the ball with an aerial attack?
One of the big positives about Gilbert's development is that they're not treating him like they treated Simms; Mack used to pull Simms from the game every time he threw an interception in his first two seasons, a practice that didn't allow him to get back on the field and work his way through adversity. Simms' inability to fight through adversity directly led to the 2001 Big 12 championship game loss to Colorado. Mack and Greg haven't coddled Gilbert in a similar manner (possibly out of necessity), which led to him staying cool against Tech last week after his turnovers.
When will Gilbert have his breakthrough game?