Big news out of Columbia, MO today as Mizzou announced that redshirt freshman Tyler Gabbert will be transferring this summer. The younger brother of former Tiger QB Blaine Gabbert who was just drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tyler Gabbert spent the spring fighting for the top spot with sophomore James Franklin and ended up number two on the depth chart.
The Mizzou staff was kind in their comments about Gabbert in the release.
"We wish Tyler the best and will do everything we can to assist him going forward," said coach Gary Pinkel in a statement. "He’s worked very hard in our program this past year, and we thank him for his efforts. Tyler is a high quality person and an outstanding football player," he said.
After sitting out the upcoming season per NCAA transfer rules Gabbert can play in the fall of 2012. The big speculation now is where will Gabbert will land now? Missouri is willing to let him transfer to any school outside of the Big 12. There were certainly be a number of schools that will be courting the former four star recruit.
That may or may not include Nebraska, where Gabbert, like his older brother, initially committed.
Or it could include Louisville, where family friend and former Nebraska offensive coordinator Shawn Watson now is.
Other schools that offered Tyler back in 2010 include Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Oregon and Wyoming.
While the mainstream media may not consider Wyoming a contender for Gabbert there are a number of factors that could lean in the Cowboys favor.
- Wyoming and Missouri both run the spread
- Dave Christensen and Gary Pinkel use the same terminology with would make a smooth transition
- Christensen worked with Blaine Gabbert in his final year at Mizzou
- Tyler is a pro style QB which something that Wyoming lacks
- Can compete for starting job right away
There are also a number of reasons why Gabbert would not transfer to Wyoming.
- Christensen might not want take a player that left the program of his mentor
- Would create imbalance in the Poke QB ranks which is already loaded with freshman
- Wouldn't want to play in the Mountain West or non AQ Conference
Right now there is plenty of rumors of where he may end up. Louisville is getting the most mentions due to the connection with the QB coach Shawn Watson. Some Missouri media is reporting that may indeed be his final destination.
His father Chuck Gabbert says that Tyler hasn't made a decision and is looking at several schools:
As of Monday, the family is considering Arizona, Clemson, Iowa, Louisville and Wake Forest, Chuck Gabbert confirmed.