In 2013 Garrett Gilbert threw for 3528 yards. He attempted 504 passes, of which, 21 resulted in touchdowns and only 7 were intercepted. He finished fourth in the country with 352.8 passing yards per game. Garrett Gilbert threw for more yards per game than Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater or Bryce Petty. In 2013 Garrett Gilbert finished the season with 424 rushing yards. In 2013, against Temple, Garret Gilbert came up three yards short of becoming only the second player in NCAA history to pass for 500 yards and rush for 100, in the same game. Which, if completed would have become the greatest trivia question in history. In 2013, Garrett Gilbert was quietly very very good. In 2013, under the wise wing of Hal Mumme, Garrett Gilbert reclaimed some of the incandescence which was, after leaving Austin Lake Travis as a five-star recruit, so blinding. Oh, and all those gaudy numbers above fail to mention that Gilbert Missed the final two games of the season with an injury. Yes, 2013 saw a lot of wonderful things from the right arm of Garrett Gilbert. But, it's not 2013 anymore and Garrett Gilbert has moved on to the wonderful (i.e. paid, like he will be able to receive a paycheck for the absurd amount of work he has to put into his vocation) on the other side of the shield. Kudos Garrett.
I really thought we had something long-term, Garrett. Why did you leave us, Garrett? Is St. Louis really that special, Garrett?
But, where does that leave those of us in Highland Park? I should kill thee with much cherishing. Good Bye, Good Bye! Parting is such sweet sorrow. I shall say good night till it be morrow.
Stop me if you've heard this story before.
A truly great quarterback, enjoying a season of national, if not historical prominence, around whom the entire offense has been revolving with the clarity and precision of an Italian sports, suffers a crucial injury in an important game which forces a highly regarded wunderkind to step into the spotlight before anyone considers the velvet-horned apprentice ready or able.