ShowMeMizzou.com learned of the transfer decision by red-shirt freshman QB Tyler Gabbert and made an attempt to reach him for his thoughts on leaving Missouri, but was unable to speak with him. We were told that Tyler had finals today and might be unreachable.
So, were spoke with Tyler’s long-time personal QB coach, Skip Stizell, owner and coach of QB Edge, who has trained both Gabbert brothers, as well as 23 other quarterbacks who have played Division one football-- to try and find out what was behind the younger Gabbert’s decision to transfer from Mizzou.
“Tyler and his family just felt that he wanted to pursue his football options at a school yet to be determined,” said Stizell. “They met with the Tigers coaches and it was a mutual agreement. While the Tigers are sad to see him go they understood and will help him in any way they can to find a new school. Tyler and his family wish the best to Missouri and Tyler is leaving on good terms.”
The decision appears to be strictly business as Tyler Gabbert looks to find a school to play right away as a starter, and showcase his talents for a possible run at an NFL career like his big brother Blaine, who was recently drafted in the first round of the NFL draft with the #10 pick overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
While the search for a new school hasn’t officially begun yet, some schools who seem to be being mentioned early include Louisville, Colorado and Wake Forest.
Tyler, who originally committed to Nebraska back in high school before switching to Missouri, was also heavily recruited by Iowa back then as well and could be an options.
It is doubtful that Gabbert transfers to another Big 12 school.
The University of Missouri issued a press release stating the following regarding Tyler Gabbert’s transfer.
“We wish Tyler the best and will do everything we can to assist him going forward,” said Pinkel. “He’s worked very hard in our program this past year, and we thank him for his efforts. Tyler is a high quality person and an outstanding football player,” he said.
Tyler had an outstanding spring season and pulled ahead of the #1 QB heading into the spring, James Franklin, at the midway point of spring ball.
Franklin rebounded and played very well after spring break in the Tigers final scrimmage and annual Black and Gold game.
At the end of spring football this year, true freshman QB James Franklin was listed as the number one quarterback heading into the summer.
Other sources seem to suggest that this ultimately played the main factor in Gabbert’s decision to transfer.
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