The choice of Gilbert as starter is likely to be met with some derision from Texas fans, who watched the Longhorns lose five of seven home games last season and heaped much of their criticism on the former high school All-American from nearby Lake Travis.
Gilbert often looked frustrated and unable to take control of an offense that sputtered badly, particularly in home losses to Iowa State and UCLA, and a road defeat at Kansas State when Gilbert threw five interceptions.
Gilbert said he can’t worry about what fans think of him. He said he held his head high in the offseason and didn’t shy away from the public. He also said he didn’t hear any criticism.
“I guess I don’t have a noticeable face,” joked Gilbert, who at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, stands out in most crowds. “I was able to stay fairly incognito.”
Gilbert, who stays in touch with former Longhorns star quarterback Colt McCoy (Case’s older brother), said the best advice he’s received was not to dwell on the past and concentrate on the competition. McCoy had to beat out Jevan Snead to win the starting role in 2006 and finished his career with 45 victories, an NCAA record for starting quarterbacks.
“It’s not something you can worry about anymore,” Gilbert said. “As far as the quarterback job was concerned, it was all about me.”