UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas -- Garrett Gilbert admits his first seven games at SMU last fall were a learning experience. In those starts, the Mustangs went 3-4 as Gilbert threw 13 interceptions and 11 touchdowns, including a five-interception performance in a 24-16 loss to crosstown rival TCU on Sept. 29, 2012.
However, in SMU's final six games of 2012, the former University of Texas signal caller was 4-2 as a starter and while he only threw four touchdown passes during that stretch, he also threw only two interceptions the rest of the way in a campaign which ended with the Ponies dispatching Fresno State in the Hawaii Bowl, SMU's second straight year to win a bowl game.
And no one on the Hilltop was happier to see Gilbert find his comfort zone late last season than Mustangs head coach June Jones and he expects that momentum to continue into his starting QB's senior season.
"I think his expectations on himself were pretty high. He's got more confidence. He understands what we're doing...