Tyler Gabbert to transfer

Tyler Gabbert will transfer from Mizzou after redshirting his freshman season. He failed to win the No. 1 quarterback job this spring, losing the spot to James Franklin. (Photo by Nick Gerhardt)

Mizzou announced quarterback Tyler Gabbert will transfer, according to a Monday release. Gabbert was No. 2 on the quarterback depth chart following spring practice, but was expected to compete for the job with James Franklin in the summer.

“We wish Tyler the best and will do everything we can to assist him going forward,” said coach Gary Pinkel in a statement. “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.

Rivals rated Gabbert as a four-star recruit out of Parkway West high school. He signed in the same recruiting class as Franklin, another four-star quarterback recruit. Like his brother, Gabbert was initially committed to Nebraska before switching his commitment to Mizzou.

The brother of Blaine redshirted his freshman season and split reps with the first offense with Franklin this spring. Franklin ultimately was named the No. 1 quarterback after spring practice.

Whether Gabbert transferred because of his No. 2 spot on the depth chart is unknown. Because Gabbert entered Mizzou with Franklin, it’s unlikely he would’ve been surprised by being beat out. Furthermore, Gabbert still had a chance to beat out Franklin over the summer, so his transfer certainly raises questions.

Pinkel will not make a further statement on the matter. Gabbert has yet to make a comment.

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