The situation for Texas appeared dire. Five plays into last January’s Bowl Championship Series national title game, quarterback Colt McCoy went down with a shoulder injury. The Heisman Trophy finalist appeared to be the last player Texas could afford to lose against Alabama.
Enter Garrett Gilbert. Then a true freshman, Gilbert had completed 15 passes for 124 yards during the regular season.
Suddenly, Texas’ national championship hopes rested with him.
“My head was spinning pretty much,” Gilbert says. “It was a humbling experience, almost surreal.”