Never have the cold, hard facts in the box score been more misleading. They say that Gilbert completed 15 of 40 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns with four interceptions. That's a passing efficiency rating of 73.06, a number that coaches find hazardous to their employment health.
Yet anyone who watched Gilbert rebound from a miserable first half to bring the Longhorns to within a field goal of the Crimson Tide in the fourth quarter should have few doubts that the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Gilbert will be able to handle the burden of replacing McCoy, the quarterback with the most Football Bowl Subdivision wins in history.
Texas' spring practices are under way now. Gilbert will make his appearance in the Longhorns' spring game on April 4.