Mizzou Has Had Six First-Rounders in Last Five NFL Drafts
Aug. 14, 2010 Faurot Field - Columbia, Mo.
- 2009 2nd-Team All-Big 12 (Kansas City Star, Phil Steele)
- 2009 Hon. Men. All-Big 12 (Associated Press)
- 2009 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 8)
- 2009 1st-Team Academic All-Big 12
- 2009 Team Offensive Back of the Year Award
- 2009 Spring Team Most Improved Offensive Back Award
2010 SPRING OUTLOOK
Highly-skilled and physically gifted quarterback who is back and primed for a second year as a starter for Mizzou's high-flying offensive attack ... Due to his outstanding play in his first year as a starter a year ago, will likely begin the 2010 season on the short lists for several national awards and honors ... Has the height, arm and field presence to make all the throws, and is a very impressive pocket passer with excellent accuracy ... Is also deceptively fast when getting outside of the pocket, and he has the size to see the entire field well.
Despite being a first-year starter, didn't take long to show that he's had the confidence, leadership, mental makeup and work habits to step in and continue Mizzou's outstanding quarterback play it has enjoyed from 2002-08 with Brad Smith and Daniel ... Was named 2nd-Team All-Big 12 honors by multiple league media outlets, as well as earning honorable mention all-league honors from the Associated Press after ranking 2nd in the Big 12 (29th in the NCAA) in passing efficiency (140.45 rating), while raking 4th in the Big 12 and 11th in the NCAA in total offense (292.08 avg.) ... Also an outstanding student, who was named a 1st-Team Academic All-Big 12 selection for his efforts in the classroom ... Won the team's Offensive Back of the Year Award, after helping guide Mizzou to eight wins on the season ... Ended the year by completing 262-of-445 passes for 3,593 yards (the 3rd-highest single season passing total in MU history) and 24 touchdowns, to go with 9 interceptions ... Also rushed for 204 yards and 3 touchdowns, and showed his willingness to play through pain when he suffered a severely sprained ankle against Nebraska, but never missed a snap other than in mop-up time the rest of the season ... Had a stellar first collegiate start, throwing for three TD's against Illinois in the season opener in St. Louis ... Earned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week ... Was 25-of-33 passing for 319 yards and added a rushing touchdown against the Illini ... First career touchdown pass came on a 49-yard pass play to Wes Kemp in the first quarter ... Added TD passes of four yards and 46 yards ... Threw two touchdowns against Bowling Green (27 and 33 yards) and helped the Tigers to post a come-from-behind win in that game ... Completed 20-of-33 passes for 172 yards against BGSU and was 10-of-12 in the second half ... Threw three TD's (48, 13 and 17 yards) against Furman, completing 17-of-25 passes for 256 yards ... Also scored a touchdown on a 40-yard run in the second quarter ... Threw three TDs for the third time in four games in the win over Nevada ... Was 25-of-40 for then-career-high 414 yards against the Wolf Pack ... Had a 74-yard TD pass to Danario Alexander, setting a then-career-long completion ... Was 17-of-42 against Nebraska for 134 yards ... Threw his first interception of the season against Nebraska after not throwing an INT in his first 177 pass attempts ... Scored the Tigers' only TD against Nebraska on a one-yard run just before halftime ... Was 22-of-44 against Oklahoma State for 325 yards ... Connected with Alexander for a 48-yard touchdown against Oklahoma State for his 12th TD pass of the year ... Tallied his 13th touchdown pass by completing an 11-yard throw to Jared Perry in the second quarter of the Oct. 24 contest with Texas ... Was 8-for-16 passing against UT ... Completed 17 of 29 passes against Colorado for 192 yards on Oct. 31 ... Threw two TD passes in the win over CU, both to Alexander ... First scoring strike was a 73-yard pass play ... Set career highs with 30 completions (30-for-51) and 468 yards against Baylor ... The 468 yards was the second-best single game mark in MU history (Jeff Handy, 480 yards against Oklahoma State in 1992) ... Was 21-for-27 for 322 yards in the first half ... Had two TD passes against BU, including a career-long 84-yard connection with Alexander ... Added a seven-yard TD to Wes Kemp ... Threw three touchdowns on 20-for-27 passing for 298 yards against Kansas State ... All three TD passes were to Alexander on plays of 54, 16 and 80 yards ... The 80-yard completion set a new career long ... Also ran for 35 yards, including a 25-yard scramble against KSU ... Threw for 337 yards on 23-for-32 yards and two TDs against Iowa State ... The two touchdowns were on passes of 70 and 63 yards ... Set a then-career-best with 51 yards rushing on 12 carries against ISU ... Threw for 303 yards on 23-for-41 passing against Kansas ... Had a 68-yard TD throw to Alexander ... Also set a career best with 94 yards rushing against KU, including a 40-yard run that matched his career best.
Came in and quickly established himself on the depth chart, and earned playing time as a true freshman signal caller ... Saw action in 5 games in reserve duty, and showed good promise in his limited time behind center ... Led the Tiger offense to a touchdown against Colorado and a field goal against Nevada, and his final numbers included 5-of-13 passing for 43 yards, to go with 6 rushes for 22 yards ... Had a 30-yard scamper that showed his underrated running ability against Southeast Missouri State ... Also completed 3-of-8 passes for 27 yards in that game, which was his first collegiate appearance ... Also completed one pass each in games against Nevada and Kansas State.
One of the most highly sought-after quarterback prospects in the nation who chose to go with his in-state school ... Was a five-star blue-chip All-American who was hailed as the nation's top pro-style quarterback prospect, according to Rivals, and was that outlet's No. 14 national player overall at any position ...Was also the consensus No. 1 player in the state of Missouri ... ESPN.com called him one of the best quarterbacks they have seen in the previous three classes combined ... Ranked as the nation's No. 5 quarterback, and as the country's No. 38 overall prospect at any position by ESPN.com, and came in at No. 47 nationwide by PrepStar Magazine ... Was invited to participate in the prestigious Elite 11 quarterback camp in the summer of 2007 (winning camp MVP honors), and in January of 2008, was impressive playing in the U.S. Army All-American Game ... Gained all those accolades, and many more, despite playing in only 5 games as a senior, as he began the year hobbled with an injured foot, and once past that setback, was lost for the season with a shoulder injury soon after ... Injuries limited his statistics to 623 passing yards and 5 TDs as a senior in 4 games, after he posted impressive figures of 1,523 yards and 20 TDs (on 119-of-231 passing) as a junior, as he also added another 458 yards rushing and 8 TDs ... Threw for approximately 1,100 yards and 11 TDs as a first-year starter during his sophomore season of 2005 ... Also a standout in the sport of baseball who has earned all-conference recognition there ... High school coach - Mike Roth.
Parents - Chuck & Beverly Gabbert ... Chose Mizzou over virtually any school in the nation, but primarily over Nebraska, Oregon, Tennesse, Alabama, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State and Minnesota, among numerous others ... Lists sports, hanging out with friends and fishing as his primary hobbies ... Cites his strong relationship with Mizzou's players and coaches, for a primary reason why he chose Mizzou, as well as the school's proximity to his hometown ... After his commitment to Mizzou during the fall, he became an additional recruiter for the Tigers, and along with fellow signee Andrew Jones, did a lot of work to champion Mizzou's cause to his friends.
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