Best/Worst College Football QB Transfers: A List Inspired by Former Texas Main Man Garrett Gilbert
Obviously, Garrett Gilbert is no Colt McCoy.
Garrett Gilbert will either shine or warm the bench at a program not named Texas
Or Case McCoy. Or David Ash.
Earlier today, the Texas Longhorns announced that Gilbert -- who filled in admirably for the injured Colt McCoy during the Longhorns' loss in the 2010 BCS Championship game...and that's about it -- is leaving the program. Gilbert had season-ending shoulder surgery on September 20.
How will Gilbert perform with his to-be-determined team? Well, maybe he can look to this inventory of best/worst college football quarterback transfers for some guidance. (The list doesn't include junior-college acquisitions so folks like 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton are not, uh, eligible.)
Gilbert does have one thing going for him: His first name is not Zach.
Best QB Transfers:
4. Russell Wilson
Ditched North Carolina State for Wisconsin after Wolfpack skipper Tom O'Brien gave the senior the play-baseball-or-football ultimatum. Wilson is tearing it up in Madison, where the Badgers are a potential national championship contender.
3. Ryan Mallett
All that and a basket of French fries, apparently.
Texas High School (Texarkana) product ditched Michigan after coach Rich Rodriguez replaced Lloyd Carr. Mallett found his way to Arkansas, where he
drank the booze led the Razorbacks to Liberty Bowl and (after Ohio State was forced to vacate its cheat-heavy conquest) Sugar Bowl victories. He's currently a back-up with the New England Patriots.
2. Jeff Hostetler
Todd Blackledge beat out Hostetler at Penn State so he transferred to West Virginia. While there, the future Super Bowl XXV-winning quarterback played himself into a third-round pick in the 1984 NFL Draft.
1. Troy Aikman
Good thing Aikman wasn't taxed with running Oklahoma's near-unstoppable wishbone offense. Instead, he developed into a more traditional dropback passer at UCLA and eventually won three Super Bowl rings with Dallas.
Honorable Mention: Nick Foles (Michigan State to Arizona); Colt Brennan (Colorado to Hawaii)