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Garrett Gilbert to transfer from Texas after being benched

AUSTIN, TX (KTRE) -

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who lost his starting job after two games and then had season-ending shoulder surgery, plans to transfer.  Gilbert has been given an unconditional release from his scholarship to find another school.

Gilbert, a former high school national player of the year, came off the bench as a freshman to replace injured Colt McCoy in the 2010 BCS championship game that ended with a loss to Alabama.

He started every game in the 2010 season when Texas fell to 5-7 and missed a bowl game for the first time since 1997. Gilbert won a training camp battle to keep the job this season but was pulled for Case McCoy and David Ash midway through a 17-16 win over BYU in the second game.

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