Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Gabbert likely to start at QB for Mizzou
With Blaine Gabbert favored to win the starting quarterback job at Missouri, the Cornhuskers will once again likely be facing a highly touted quarterback recruit who gave Nebraska a verbal commitment before later signing with another Big 12 Conference North Division school. While that fact might be salt in the wounds for NU, Gabbert’s Tiger teammates are clearly excited about his emergence.
“That guy has grown so much,” Missouri defensive lineman Jaron Baston said of Gabbert. “Since winter conditioning, right up until last Friday, which was our last summer workout, that guy has become a leader.
“He has taken over our team, he has taken over our offense and everybody believes in him.”
Gabbert is favored to earn the unenviable task of taking over the job vacated by record-setting quarterback Chase Daniel. The Ballwin, Mo., native appeared in four games last season as a true freshman, completing 5-of-13 pass attempts for 43 yards.
However, it’s what Gabbert has displayed in scrimmages and the Black & Gold spring game that has Missouri’s players talking him up.
“He has the talent to be another guy like Sam Bradford, who came out of nowhere and blew up,” Baston said of the Heisman-winning Oklahoma quarterback. “He has that talent. He has a strong arm, he’s accurate, he’s fast and he’s athletic.”