Garrett Gilbert, Texas quarterback
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.