Suggested caption: Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert tests with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) in New York City. Gabbert is one of 14 NFL prospects featured in the new web series “Everything To Prove.”
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The Jacksonville Jaguars’ front office fell in love with University of Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi. While scouting Stanzi during the Insight Bowl against University of Missouri, the Jaguars switched allegiance and decided Blaine Gabbert would fit much better in their plans. Jacksonville decided to trade up and make Gabbert their future. GoldenStatePreps.com caught up with Blaine in New York while he was doing testing for Gatorade right before the draft.
Gabbert was with several future NFL draftees doing performance testing for Gatorade. Gabbert had a chance to work with Gatorade during the week of the Super Bowl and he continued his work the week of the draft. “We are film ‘Everything to Prove.’ It’s a documentary following us from training, to the combine, to our pro day,” says Gabbert. “They are also following us throughout the NFL draft and its been a blast, Gabbert said.
Gabbert is from Ballwin, Missouri and was a star at Parkway High School. Many recruiting websites consider him a 5-star recruit and he initially give his oral commitment to then head coach Bill Callahan and the University of Nebraska. After Coach Callahan was fired, Gabbert rethought his decision and decided to stay in state and play his college ball in Columbia. “Nebraska’s entire coaching staff got fired,” Gabbert said. As a high school senior, I wasn’t going to go to a school that didn’t have a coach or an athletic director. I just felt Missouri was the best place for me,” says Gabbert.
Missouri Coach Gary Pinkel choose not to redshirt Gabbert his freshman. By his sophomore year, Gabbert led the Tigers to an 8-4 record and a trip to the Texas Bowl. The Tigers improved in Gabbert’s junior season to 10-3 and a trip to the Insight Bowl. Gabbert credits much of his success to Coach Pinkel and his style of offense. “Coach Pinkel is a great coach,” says Gabbert. “He and his staff did a great job. In our offense we threw the ball to be successful and they needed a guy at the quarterback position that had the ability to do that,” said Gabbert.
After the success of his junior season, Gabbert made the decision to forgo his senior year and leave Columbia. “It was definitely difficult because I had to leave my best friends behind and the guys that I came to Mizzou with,” says Gabbert. “Those are the guys that help build that program and all they wanted was what was best for me and I have zero regrets about it,” Gabbert said.
Gabbert will be competing for the starting job with last year’s starting quarterback David Garrard. Gabbert talked about some of the things he wanted to accomplish during his rookie season. “The biggest thing I want to accomplish is to compete to play,” Gabbert said. “Every football player is a competitive guy and that’s the mind set I’m going to have going into camp.”