Gabbert gets pre-season start

Aug. 9, 2011 at 2:18 PM
| License Photo

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.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Report: Miami Dolphins among teams interested in New Orleans Saints' Sean Payton
Joey Logano dominates Bank of America 500
Eli Manning, Larry Donnell connect in last minute to lead Giants past 49ers
USC's Steve Sarkisian pushed into personal leave