Former Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert will transfer to SMU and be eligible to compete in 2013, according to multiple reports stemming from sources close to the program. A former five-star prospect out of Lake Travis, Gilbert will have one season remaining unless he's granted a hardship waiver from the NCAA.
After losing his starting job to Case McCoy and David Ash following two quick interceptions against BYU in September, Gilbert made the decision to transfer in October after undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery.
While it's questionable whether or not the mistake-prone quarterback will find more success in the passing-heavy run-and-shoot employed by Mustang head coach June Jones that will provide even more opportunities to throw interceptions, Gilbert deserves the best wishes of Texas fans despite his disappointing career, as he always conducted himself with the utmost class on and off the field while in Austin, even after his benching.
At the least, his tale will provide a cautionary note to fans heaping massive expectations on over heralded quarterbacks emerging from spread offenses around the country. The transition to college is not easy or assured.