Tyler Gabbert is leaving Missouri. A couple of Pac-12 teams have issues at quarterback.
A potential marriage?
In 2009, Oregon was a finalist for Gabbert, the younger brother of NFL first-round pick Blaine Gabbert. But The Sporting News reported yesterday that the Ducks are not among the handful of programs that Gabbert will consider as his transfer destination, though two from the Pac-12 are: Arizona and Arizona State. The others are Clemson, Iowa, Louisville, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest and Arkansas State, according to the report.
Arizona and Arizona State are interesting potential destinations, but neither comes to mind as a place with a great need at quarterback, particularly if the Wildcats are able to redshirt backup Matt Scott this fall so he can compete with Rutgers transfer Tom Savage in 2012. At Arizona State, starter Brock Osweiler will be a junior this fall, and the Sun Devils are high on true freshman Mike Bercovici.
UCLA and California would look like better opportunities. Both are uncertain at quarterback.
Still, there are few quality BCS programs that won't force Gabbert, a redshirt freshman, to re-enter a tough competition.
Gabbert in many ways is a better bet that former NC State quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson has one more year of eligibility and pro baseball clouds his availability. Of course, he's a proven, experienced commodity, while Gabbert is not.
Still, Gabbert's bloodlines and pass-run ability will raise more than a few eyebrows on the West Coast.