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Monday, January 3, 2011

Mizzou QB Blaine Gabbert to enter NFL Draft

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— Missouri junior quarterback Blaine Gabbert has elected to make himself available for the NFL Draft.

Gabbert has started the past two years and is coming off a standout performance in the Insight Bowl, when he was 41-of-57 for 434 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Iowa.

“This is definitely a bittersweet day for me,” Gabbert said in a statement Monday. “I was really looking forward to having a chance to do some special things next season with my teammates, but in the end, this is the right decision to make for myself and my family.

“These last three years have been an unbelievable experience for me, and I’ll miss being at Mizzou, but I’m definitely looking forward to this next stage of my life. “

Various early draft predictions have rated Gabbert as a first-round pick and the second-best at his position behind Andrew Luck of Stanford.

Comments

KU_FanSince75 3 years, 6 months ago

Not surprising that he is going to the NFL. Hopefully, the Jayhawks can beat Missery next year.

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Dyrk Dugan 3 years, 6 months ago

the first of the dominoes to fall....i think Aldon Smith will declare as well...and maybe another. it will be a different team next year, for sure.

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kesmithstl1 3 years, 6 months ago

he might do alright away from Stinkel and co.

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KUFan90 3 years, 6 months ago

I don't get it. There won't be an NFL next season. Why are college football players coming out early? I guess for a paycheck and then to sit around on their hands for 12 months?

We keep applying the same logic to keeping our basketball team intact for next year given the impending NBA lockout (no one will leave since there won't be an NBA season next year). The same thing will likely happen with college hoops players (they'll leave early anyway)...get the money then sit around and not play organized ball for a year. Too bad.

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