Yes, we gave up on Garrett Gilbert too soon.
Gilbert was thrust upon the Longhorns Nation during his freshman season when he entered the BCS National title game in relief of an injured Colt McCoy. While he was not able to lead Texas to victory over Alabama, the general perception was that he did not do half bad considering the situation he was thrown in to.
But after a disappointing 2010 season that saw the Longhorns finish with their first losing record since 1997 (5-7) the job was put up for grabs marking the beginning of the end for Gilbert in Austin.
Fast forward to the 2013 season and we find Gilbert averaging 353 yards a game. Saturday against Rutgers he threw for 484 yards and five touchdowns in a performance highlighted by this two--point conversion:
While back in Austin Case McCoy and David Ash are averaging just 263 yards a game and their head coach is on the verge of losing his job because the team has slipped into mediocrity.
Could the Longhorns be doing better with Gilbert? I don't know, but with the way he's passing the ball they would definitely be more exciting.