Brown: ‘This guy can be good’

AUSTIN, Texas — It’s been a long time since the Texas Longhorns had to break in a new starting quarterback.

The Longhorns begin spring practice on Friday and Garrett Gilbert will formally step in to replace Colt McCoy. Coach Mack Brown is already saying he expects Gilbert to be “really good.”

It’s easy to see why.

Less than two months ago, Gilbert, a former national high school player of the year, was pressed into duty five plays into the BCS championship game against Alabama when McCoy went down with an injury.

Gilbert, still a freshman with hardly any college experience, struggled early as Texas fell behind 24-6. But he rallied the Longhorns with two touchdown passes in the second half before two late scores sealed the

Crimson Tide’s 37-21 win.