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Quarterbacks emerge from the fire

Originally Published: August 25, 2010
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

Every backup quarterback in college football wants to play. Hungers to play. Daydreams of the moment when he runs on the field, steps coolly into the huddle and orchestrates something heroic.

Ask Landry Jones and Garrett Gilbert how their panicked reality compared to the average backup daydream. Both young men had careful-what-you-wish-for moments last season.

The freshmen backup quarterbacks at Oklahoma and Texas, respectively, were minding their own business, ...

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