SMU rules out Garrett Gilbert

Nov 16, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Southern Methodist Mustangs quarterback Garrett Gilbert (11) prepares to pass against the Connecticut Huskies during the first half on an NCAA football game at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

During last week’s game against South Florida, SMU Mustangs quarterback Garrett Gilbert suffered a knee injury in the second quarter when he went down for a slide. The injury left Gilbert’s status for this Friday’s game against the Houston Cougars in jeopardy and now a decision has been made.

Unfortunately for the Mustangs, Gilbert has been officially ruled out for the Friday night match up.

SMU head coach June Jones confirmed the news.

Gilbert’s status for next weekend’s game against Central Florida also hangs in the balance, but he is hoping that he will be able to make a full recovery in time for the team’s regular-season finale.

Everything is structurally sound,” Gilbert said. “It just kind of depends on how my knee responds to treatment, so we’ll see.”

Gilbert has statistically been one of the best quarterbacks in college football this season, so the senior signal-caller would love to return to the field for one of the final two weeks.

Until he is able to return, SMU will use the services of redshirt freshman Neal Burcham, who will be making his first collegiate start on Friday.

In order to become bowl eligible, the Mustangs will need to win one of their final two games, so they need to rally together and find a way to come out on top in their tough contests.

Topics: Football, Garrett Gilbert, SMU Mustangs

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