Blaine Gabbert, Tyler Gabbert and Brett Gabbert have all had the opportunity to play college football, though the first name on that list seems to sometimes overshadow the other two from a publicity standpoint.
Brett Gabbert, the youngest of the three and the current quarterback at Miami (Ohio), doesn’t view the “brother of Blaine Gabbert” tag that gets thrown around as a bad thing, necessarily. While it may seem like something that could reasonably get old over time, the youngest Gabbert says he embraces it and that it serves as more of a positive motivator than anything else.
“It’s not necessarily a desire for me to distinguish myself away from him,” Brett Gabbert said. “People always ask ‘what’s the pressure like?’ with having an older brother like that. Honestly, I don’t look at it that way. He gives me something to strive toward. Ever since I became a college football player, my dream has been to make it to the NFL and having an older brother like him who has been there and is still doing that, it’s something for me to look up to and try to accomplish my goal of doing that one day. And I really don’t view it as pressure, just a motivation to work harder and see where football can take me.”
Having someone like Blaine who had a successful collegiate career and who has played in multiple different systems with some high points of his own across the NFL is a valuable resource for Brett and something he frequently takes advantage of.
The three brothers have a group chat that Brett uses to toss around ideas and has helped him a lot from a football perspective.
“I talk to them every day and they are constantly helping me with football and life in general,” the youngest Gabbert said. “We have a group chat and I’m always texting them and bouncing ideas off of them and seeing what they have to say. I always ask Blaine questions on what certain defenses do or how certain pass plays should be read and what I should do under certain circumstances. They’ve been there with me every step of the way and it’s great to have two people like that in your corner.”
Over the past three seasons, Gabbert has played in 26 games for the RedHawks, completing 57.8% of his passes for 5,443 yards with 41 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Gabbert has gotten some big wins under his belt and has shown some flashes but sees room for improvement.
He’s displayed arm strength, good ball placement and comfort in the pocket from his very first year with the team as he aims to find more consistency and elevate his team to the next level.
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Intangibly speaking, he’s got the right mindset.
“I feel like I bring a good attitude every day,” Gabbert said. “Whether it’s a Sunday after a win or a loss or a Thursday practice trying to prepare for a game, I try to be the same person every day. Leadership in general, I try to lead by example – whether that’s my work ethic in the weight room or trying to make plays on Saturdays, whatever it may be.
“As a quarterback, I think I’m able to make pretty much any throw,” he continued. “I think I’m able to make plays with my legs too, maybe not as a true dual-threat, but when the opportunity presents itself and I need to get a first down or get in the end zone, I’m able to do that.”
The 2021 season came with some good and some bad – Gabbert completed 58.2% of his passes for 2,418 yards with 24 touchdowns against six interceptions, rounding the season out with a 27-14 Frisco Bowl win over the North Texas Mean Green.
In that game, Gabbert completed 22-of-31 passing attempts (71%) with two touchdowns in an interception-free outing. He describes it as the second-most memorable moment of his college career so far, behind only the 26-21 win over the Central Michigan Chippewas back in 2019.
“The Frisco Bowl has got to be top two,” Gabbert said. “But the MAC Championship Game my freshman year would probably be the most memorable. Being a true freshman, being new to college football and being a part of a team that could win a conference championship was a big deal to me.
“But in the Frisco Bowl, we played a great North Texas team and just battling with them the whole first half and grinding out a win later in the second half. It was nice to see some of those super-seniors go out with a win because they deserve nothing less than that after what they’ve been through.
Altogether, Gabbert believes he gained a lot of ground personally last year and that his maturation was on full display.
“Last year was an up and down year,” he said. “We were able to finish out with a bowl win, but I think I showed resiliency and willingness to do anything for the team, whether that’s running the ball, throwing the ball, checking plays versus blitzes, getting us into good runs or good passes.”
He’s confident he’s shown a lot to build off in what he’s optimistic will be a very strong 2022 season for Miami (Ohio) – one that Gabbert hopes will see him at the helm once more in the same game in which he holds a lot of memories from as a true freshman.
“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve been able to take more control of the game in this offense,” he said. “The mental aspect of the game is somewhere I’ve improved on as I’ve matured and it’s something I want to continue to build off of because it allows me to be a better overall player and help us win games. With the guys we have coming back I think we can make another MAC Championship run and get to another good bowl game.”
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