The wait is over. The Texas Longhorns have a starting quarterback.
Mack Brown announced Monday morning what many believed was inevitable – that Garrett Gilbert will take his team’s first snaps in Saturday’s season opener against Rice. The decision itself isn’t as much of a surprise as its timing. Gilbert started every game in 2010 and played the majority of the national title game two seasons ago after Colt McCoy suffered an injury. Texas’ other three quarterbacks – sophomore Case McCoy, redshirt freshman Connor Wood, and true freshman David Ash – have one career pass attempt between them. In fact, now that Gilbert has won the job, there are reports that Wood has decided to transfer. Nonetheless, Brown and his coaching staff waited until the week of the Longhorns’ first game to name Gilbert their starter.
"He's the starting quarterback," Brown said. "If he moves the ball and scores, he'll keep it."