Junior quarterback Garrett Gilbert will miss the remainder of the 2011 season after undergoing shoulder surgery. Gilbert apparently injured the shoulder in Texas' season opening win against Rice.
The University of Texas released an official statement regarding Gilbert:
A recent MRI revealed that Longhorn junior quarterback Garrett Gilbert sustained an injury to his right throwing shoulder that required surgery. Gilbert underwent successful surgery on Tuesday morning and will be out for the remainder of the season, but is expected to make a full recovery.
"The injury appeared to occur during the Rice game," Texas Head Athletic Trainer for Football Kenny Boyd said. "He had symptoms, but was not affected in practice leading up to BYU. After that, it got progressively worse. We did an MRI on the shoulder last week, and after our medical staff looked at the results, we recommended that he have surgery. He spent some time talking with his family and they agreed that was the route they wanted to go."
Last season, Gilbert threw for 2,744 yards, but had an abysmal touchdown to interception ration, throwing 10 touchdowns against 17 interceptions. Gilbert was also sacked 18 times in 2010 as well.
Sophomore quarterback Case McCoy started in Gilbert's absence last week against UCLA in Pasadena. McCoy was 12-of-15 passing for 168 yards and two touchdowns in Texas' 49-20 thrashing of the Bruins. The game marked McCoy's first start as a Longhorn.