Horns confident in Gilbert’s ability

AUSTIN, Texas — So Texas sophomore quarterback Garrett Gilbert believes that one of his goals for this spring is “to earn the trust and the respect of my teammates.”

What’s the matter with those guys? Is Gilbert playing with a locker room full of Simon Cowells? After Gilbert’s performance as Colt McCoy’s stand-in during the BCS National Championship Game, what else do the Longhorns need to see?

Gilbert made believers of Texas fans and the rest of the nation in the Longhorns’ 37-21 loss to Alabama. Going into the BCS National Championship Game, Gilbert had played only in mop-up time. But on the Longhorns’ fifth offensive play, McCoy suffered a nerve injury in his throwing shoulder that knocked him out of the game.