Snap Shots: Garrett Gilbert Uses His Feet

I managed to get my hands on a video of last night's game, which definitely provides a better look at a number of things than did my vantage point in the stands.  I haven't sat down to watch it all just yet, but even before I do I wanted to highlight a couple of illustrative plays from the game.

First up, Garrett Gilbert, who looked awfully stiff and mechanical throughout a very slow start over the game's first 20 minutes.  But if you're looking for a turning point, it came at the 9:45 mark of the 2nd quarter, when on 3rd and 2 Gilbert scrambled out of the pocket, made a nifty cut-step, turned up field and rushed for 24 yards for a first down at the Rice 36. That play seemed to help get him going, as he started to play much looser and better from that point forward.

In fact, it showed up just two players later, on 2nd down and 4 from the Rice 30, when Gilbert found himself under pressure... (Click any picture to enbiggen.)

Gilbert_feet_01_medium

Gilbert lines up in the shotgun with four wide receivers and a tailback set to his left. The Texas offensive line from left-to-right goes LT Trey Hopkins, LG David Snow, C Dominic Espinosa, RG Mason Walters, RT Paden Kelley.

Gilbert_feet_02_medium

Just after taking the snap, Gilbert appears to have a nice pocket, except that after taking the initial pop from the rusher he's assigned to block, David Snow is slow to reset and loses position, suddenly having to reach to try to hold his block.  Not happening.

Gilbert_feet_03_medium

Just like that, Snow's lost him and Gilbert's pretty pocket is about to rapidly dissolve.

Gilbert_feet_04_medium

As Snow's man officially breaks free and starts in on the quarterback, the rest of the line has held up well and Gilbert is doing a nice job of keeping his head up and surveying the entire field.

Gilbert_feet_05_medium

Gilbert does a great job of sidestepping the oncoming pressure, and still keeps his head up and eyes downfield as he does so, which allows him to spot Darius White, highlighted on the bottom of the screen.

Gilbert_feet_06_medium

Gilbert uses his feet to buy time and space, while Darius White does a really nice job of recognizing the situation and breaking hard to the outside.

Gilbert_feet_07_medium

As White creates separation and the defense closes in, Gilbert tosses a catchable ball to White on the outside, who hauls in a first down on a broken play. Colt McCoy used to do this kind of thing all the time, and after Gilbert broke his big run in the 2nd quarter and started to loosen up, he started to doing some playmaking himself. Of course, on the very next play Gilbert missed an open Mike Davis for what should have been a sure 20-yard touchdown, so it wasn't all pretty, but in terms of his comfort level and confidence, this seemed to mark a turning point in Saturday night's game.

Next up: The fly sweep to Jaxon Shipley.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Burnt Orange Nation

You must be a member of Burnt Orange Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Burnt Orange Nation. You should read them.

Join Burnt Orange Nation

You must be a member of Burnt Orange Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Burnt Orange Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker