Tyler Gabbert leaves Missouri football program

Monday, May 9, 2011 | 10:35 a.m. CDT; updated 11:33 a.m. CDT, Monday, May 9, 2011

COLUMBIA — MU redshirt freshman quarterback Tyler Gabbert has decided to leave the football program to pursue other playing opportunities, as announced Monday by the MU athletics department.

Gabbert came to Missouri as part of the 2010 recruiting class and enrolled a semester early at Missouri. He took part in the last two spring camps and redshirted during the 2010 season. He is the younger brother of former Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who was taken No. 10 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the recent NFL Draft. 


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Gabbert was one of two quarterbacks competing for the Tigers' starting job for the 2011 season.

“We wish Tyler the best and will do everything we can to assist him going forward,” said Missouri coach Gary Pinkel in a release from the Missouri athletic department. “He’s worked very hard in our program this past year, and we thank him for his efforts. Tyler is a high quality person and an outstanding football player,” he said.

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Jimmy Bearfield May 9, 2011 | 1:07 p.m.

Wow. A bit surprising. But maybe he was concerned about playing in his brother's shadow. I wonder if he'll go to another Big 12 team.

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Walter Lane May 9, 2011 | 4:54 p.m.

He can't transfer to another Big XII school per agreement between him and Mizzou for his release.

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