Heralded freshman Gilbert could play UT's opener

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

So much for allowing Texas freshman quarterback Garrett Gilbert time to get his bearings before starting his college career.

Texas coach Mack Brown told reporters that Garrett could see action Saturday night agianst Louisiana-Monroe after making fast progress during training camp.

Garrett, the national high school player of the year in 2008 at Lake Travis High School in Austin, has won the backup job over Sherrod Harris during training camp. Harris struggled recovering from knee surgery and Garrett took advantage by claiming the position behind starter Colt McCoy.

Brown told reporters he has discussed Gilbert's playing time with Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis and could make a final determination later this week.

“We would like to get him on the field,” Brown said. “You’ve got to be fair to your team, fair to Colt. In the past, we’ve sometimes put a (new) quarterback into the third series, or the fifth series, or try to get him in in the first half.”

The decision to play Gilbert early could pay some early dividends as well as better preparing him for 2010 when he presumably would have the inside track to be Texas' starter when McCoy leaves school.

Gilbert's football lineage is impressive. His father, Gale, played eight season in the NFL with Seattle, Buffalo and San Diego.

And he's also the answer to a pretty good trivia question.

Gale Gilbert made history by becoming the first NFL player to play on five-straight Super Bowl teams. He was a member of Buffalo's Super Bowl teams from 1990-93 and San Diego in 1994. He also was a three-season starter at California, where he still ranks fifth on the school's career passing list with 6,566 yards.