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Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert to go pro

Posted on: January 3, 2011 5:41 pm
 

Posted by Adam Jacobi

No big surprise out of Columbia today, as Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert announced that he'd be joining the NFL draft this year. Gabbert, a junior, didn't have a statistically dominant 2010 season, tallying just 16 touchdowns on the year, and recording only the eighth-best quarterback efficiency rating in the Big 12. Gabbert did look sensational in the Insight Bowl, however, shredding the normally stingy Iowa pass defense for 434 yards and a touchdown (though his game-losing interception was, to say the least, unfortunate).

“This is definitely a bittersweet day for me, I was really looking forward to having a chance to do some special things next season with my teammates, but in the end, this is the right decision to make for myself and my family,” said Gabbert in a statement released by Missouri today.   “These last three years have been an unbelievable experience for me, and I’ll miss being at Mizzou, but I’m definitely looking forward to this next stage of my life.  I’m so grateful to have been part of such a great program and all of the people who have helped me get to this point, and now I have to take what I’ve learned, and build on that for the next level."

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel praised his outgoing quarterback, calling Gabbert "an outstanding leader" for the Tigers and praising the hard work Gabbert put in as a two-year starter with Missouri.

And yet, though we don't doubt Pinkel's sincerity for a second as he lauds and encourages Gabbert, we must wonder how ready Missouri is to move on without its star quarterback. As the Columbia Tribune points out, the next-most experienced quarterback on the roster is freshman James Franklin , who completed 11 of 14 passes for 106 yards this year. Past that, it's fellow sophomore-to-be Ashton Glaser (no passing stats) and redshirting freshman Tyler Gabbert. Yes, Tyler and Blaine are brothers. No pressure, kid!

Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 11:45 am
 

Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert to go pro

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Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 5:22 pm
 

Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert to go pro

Did the NFL expand the draft to 40 rounds now? No? Then this is a mistake.



Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2011 1:18 pm
 

Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert to go pro

How is this guy so highly rated? He was absolutely terrible against Texas Tech's defense.  Texas Tech has one of the worst pass defenses in all of college football.  I think NFL teams need to think twice before picking this guy.



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2011 1:11 am
 

Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert to go pro

The first pick wasn't Gabbert's fault.  The receiver tipped it and at that point it became a standard tip drill.  The second one was Gabbert's fault.  Other than that though, he owned the Iowa defense.  Oh, and he ran for a second TD.



Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2011 12:05 am
 

Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert to go pro

The stats don't lie Mutiger but he mad some questionable decisions in that game as seen with his two picks and he still only throw one TD......



Since: Jan 3, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2011 11:32 pm
 

Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert to go pro

Typical Gabbert family move, crap on your teammates.  Both Gabbert brothers backed out on commitments to Nebraska to go MU only to take their beatings from NU.  Neither one have class or integrity or the ability to stick with a commitment.  Go ahead Blaine, take your average talents to the NFL, It will be interesting to see if you ever get off the pine to lead an NFL team. It will even be more fun watching Suh getting the chance to trash you again, if you ever play.  Goodbye and good luck, schmuck.



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert to go pro

This was a no-brainer, and has nothing to do with how good he is in college. Gabbert's draft status is maxed out as a projected first rounder in a weak crop of QBs and he jumped at the chance. As a Mizzou fan, I can't wait to see James Franklin - he's much more suited to the spread offense.



Since: Jan 3, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2011 8:24 pm
 

Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert to go pro

This was a no brainer.  Gabbert has accomplished 100Xs more in college as Josh Freeman.  Freeman was a 1st round pick and is now a solid NFL starter.




Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2011 8:23 pm
 

Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert to go pro

Do you even watch football?  He had 434 yards passing against Iowa.  



Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2011 8:17 pm
 

Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert to go pro

Sorry, but after his performance against Iowa I can't see this kid getting picked much earlier then late in the second round


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