The University of Texas have announced that a recent MRI revealed that Texas Longhorns junior quarterback Garrett Gilbert sustained an injury to his right throwing shoulder. Gilbert underwent successful surgery on Tuesday morning. He is expected to make a full recovery, but will miss the remainder of the season.
The injury appeared to have happened in the season opener against Rice, but Kenny Boyd, the Longhorns athletic trainer, did not elaborate on the issue of the surgery on his throwing shoulder.
Gilbert stated, “My shoulder was getting progressively worse and when the doctors did an MRI last week, their recommendation was for me to get it fixed … That’s why I decided to have the surgery now, so I can get it taken care of, start my rehab and be healthy and ready to go for next year. I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to play the rest of this year, but I’ll be out there helping Coach Bryan Harsin and the quarterbacks as much as I can.”
Mack Brown stated, “We’re disappointed for Garrett that he won’t be able to help us on the field the rest of this season … He’s a tough kid that fought through some pain to continue to play, but when doctors told him the injury was something that needed to be taken care of, we fully supported him in doing that. We also know that Garrett is a very smart kid with a great understanding of our offense, so we’re excited that he’ll still be around to help Coach Harsin and our young quarterbacks. He will continue to be a great leader for us helping those guys throughout the season. With his work ethic and determination, we know he’ll get his shoulder back to full strength as soon as possible.”
“That’s why I decided to have the surgery now, so I can get it taken care of, start my rehab and be healthy and ready to go for next year,” he said. “I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to play the rest of this year, but I’ll be out there helping (Co-Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks) Coach (Bryan) Harsin and the quarterbacks as much as I can.”
The Longhorns, who entered the 2011 season with four quarterbacks, now are down to two — sophomore Case McCoy, who played well in his first start last week in the 49-20 victory at UCLA, and true freshman David Ash. Besides Gilbert, Texas has lost Connor Wood, who transferred to Colorado in August.
- second-team Academic All-Big 12 selection in 2010
- played in 24 career games, including 14 starts.
- completed 305-of-538 passes for 3,301 yards (No. 9 on UT’s career list)
- 11 200-yard passing games
- rushed 118 times for 400 yards and six TDs
- 3,701 career yards of total offense
- started all 12 games in 2010
- throwing for 2,744 yards (No. 7 on the UT single-season list)
- registering 3,124 yards (No. 6 on the UT single-season list) of total offense