Gar­rett Gil­bert, Texas quar­ter­back

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - — Alan Trubow

Gil­bert, who won two Class 4A state ti­tles at Lake Travis, takes over Texas’ start­ing job from Colt McCoy. 1. What did you re­ally want to take from the na­tional cham­pi­onship game? It was re­ally tough to get over that. As a com­peti­tor you never want to lose, but you have to take the pos­i­tives. I think we took con­fi­dence from that game. I think we came into the spring with more con­fi­dence be­cause how we played. 2. How long did it take you to get over the emo­tions of the loss? It was a cou­ple weeks, at least. I think a few weeks af­ter the game, I fi­nally watched the game for the first time. It was tough to watch it. It’s kind of got­ten a lit­tle bit eas­ier to watch and try and pick up the things I can learn from it. 3. How much did things set­tle down for you dur­ing that game? It was pretty much a whirl­wind the en­tire time. The older guys on the team and guys who had been there had re­ally helped me feel con­fi­dent so

we could get into a rhythm and be suc­cess­ful. 4. What have you been try­ing to im­prove the most with your game? Re­ally, I’ve been try­ing to im­prove on my lead­er­ship. Dur­ing the sum­mer the coaches aren’t there, so guys like Sam (Acho) and Kyle (Hix) do a re­ally good job of in­flu­enc­ing me and help­ing me be­come a leader. 5. How big of a change has be­ing un­der cen­ter been for you? It was a lit­tle bit of a change. Coach (Greg) Davis did a great job in the spring kind of eas­ing us into it. It’s got­ten to be more of a com­fort. The shot­gun is eas­ier be­cause you get to look at the de­fense, but I like be­ing un­der cen­ter be­cause it helps our run­ning backs run down­hill. That makes the play-ac­tion pass much more suc­cess­ful.

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