Missouri will play Gabbert-free football this fall, with departed starter Blaine embarking on a pro career in Jacksonville, and younger brother Tyler now known to be decamping for Louisville. Charlie Strong has confirmed via his official Twitter account that the latest-model Gabbertback will join the Cardinals for the 2011 season.
It's a curious choice for Gabbert, given that his stated reason for leaving the Tigers was to pursue more playing time. As our Louisville blog tells it, he's got a good relationship with quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson, who tried to recruit him to Nebraska while working for the Huskers, but playing time may be even harder to come by with the Cardinals fielding a junior starting QB in Will Stein and nurturing a fledgling star in Teddy Bridgewater:
My guess is the Cardinal coaching staff sold Gabbert on the fact that U of L has used three different quarterbacks in each of the past two seasons. Still, Gabbert must be aware of the very real possibility that Bridgewater ends up becoming the star and leader so many people believe he will. If that Cardinal fan's dream does indeed come to fruition, then meaningful snaps are going to be hard to come by from 2012-2014.
Louisville opens the 2011 season on Thursday, September 1, at home against Murray State.