Gilbert gets two years of eligibility at SMU

Former Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert has been granted a medical hardship and will therefore have two years of eligibility once he gets to SMU. This is great news for the Mustangs.

Per a couple Austin media tweets Friday from a Mack Brown press conference, former Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who requested a release from his scholarship last fall, has been approved for a medical hardship by the NCAA. He'll graduate with a UT undergraduate degree this spring, and will enroll in graduate school at SMU this fall with two years of eligibility to play for the Mustangs.


@RickyDoyle: Mack Brown says appeal for Garrett Gilbert to get year of eligibility back was granted. Will enroll at SMU in fall with 2 years to play.

@Max_Olson: Mack Brown announces Garrett Gilbert approved for NCAA injury waiver. He'll get UT degree this spring, eligible for 2 seasons at SMU.

Once on the Hilltop, Gilbert will compete against Conner Preston, Stephen Kaiser and incoming freshman Neal Burcham for the starting quarterback position.

Gilbert started in all 12 games for the Longhorns in 2010 and the first two of 2011 before being benched halfway through UT's second game of the year against BYU.

He threw for 2,744 yards, 10 touchdowns and 17 interceptions during Texas' uncharacteristic 5-7 season in 2010. In the two games he played last year, he was 15 of 31 for 247 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

Following the BYU game, Gilbert had season-ending shoulder surgery. A few weeks later, he announced he was transferring to SMU for a fresh start.

He's been rehabbing ever since and will be good to go for the Mustangs.

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