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Gabbert gets pre-season start

Aug. 9, 2011 at 2:18 PM   |   Comments

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert will start for the Jacksonville Jaguars in their pre-season opener Thursday, Coach Jack Del Rio said Tuesday.

Gabbert was Jacksonville's first-round pick -- and 10th choice overall -- in the 2011 NFL draft after playing collegiately at Missouri. The Tigers were 18-8 with Gabbert as the starting quarterback.

He is expected to be a backup to David Garrard this season, but Garrard left the Jaguars' practice last week with back problems. De Rio termed the injury as "nothing major."

Jacksonville has its first pre-season game Thursday at New England.

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