On Wednesday, the University of Texas announced Garrett Gilbert was given an unconditional release from his scholarship and would seek a transfer. At this time, it is not known where he is seeking a transfer.
The Texas junior QB stated, “This was a very difficult decision because I love The University of Texas and have had a great time playing there … I’ve talked to Head Coach Mack Brown, (Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks) Coach Bryan Harsin and the staff and have 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.”
Garrett Gilbert also stated, “Coach Brown was very understanding and granted me a release to take some visits while I decide where I’m going to transfer to. That’s what I’ll be doing while I continue school at Texas this semester. I’m excited to focus on getting my shoulder back to 100 percent and to decide where my next step will be, but I will always be thankful for my opportunity at Texas and be pulling for all of my friends and family in the Longhorns program.”
Gilbert, a junior, started the team’s first two games of the season, but struggled as he did as a sophomore when he threw for 10 touchdowns and 17 interceptions while Texas finished 5-7 and missed a bowl for the first time under Mack Brown.
He eventually was ruled out for the season due to shoulder surgery.
Longhorns coach Mack Brown was supportive, stating, “I can’t thank him enough for hanging in there, helping the younger guys and being a great team guy even after he hurt his shoulder,” Brown said. “Whatever school he decides to go to will get a guy who will work as hard as anyone and compete both on the field and in the classroom.”
Gilbert has played in 24 career games, including 14 starts. He has completed 305-of-538 passes for 3,301 yards (No. 9 on UT’s career list), including eleven 200-yard passing games. He also has rushed 118 times for 400 yards and six TDs to record 3,701 career yards of total offense. He started all 12 games in 2010, throwing for 2,744 yards (No. 7 on the UT single-season list) and registering 3,124 yards (No. 6 on the UT single-season list) of total offense.