Louisville officially lands Missouri transfer Gabbert

Louisville has officially landed Tyler Gabbert.

Cardinals head coach Charlie Strong announced on his Twitter page that he is "excited to have Tyler Gabbert officially join our football program." The former Missouri signal-caller will be eligible in 2012 and have three years of eligibility remaining at the Big East school.

The 6-0, 190-pounder, who is the younger brother of Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert, was unable to win the starting job in Columbia, falling short in his competition with James Franklin.

Former Nebraska offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, who is the Cardinals’ new quarterbacks coach, is a friend of the Gabbert family, so his presence in The 'Ville likely played a large factor in Gabbert's decision. However, he will face stiff competition for the starting job in 2012.

Teddy Bridgewater was a big Class of 2011 "get" for Strong and the program, especially because everyone thought the dual-threat signal-caller was headed to Miami. He is going to be hard to beat out for the starting job in 2012, especially with a full year of experience in Mike Sanford’s offense.

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