Arik Gilbert will be a problem for the SEC defense

The Georgia soccer team has another elite tight end option in former five-star player Arik Gilbert.

During the Dawgs’ annual spring game, one thing was clear to Georgia football fans: Arik Gilbert will be a problem for opposing SEC defenses this season.

Former five-star tight end Marietta had a turbulent first two years in college. He initially signed to LSU and played for Ed Orgeron in 2020. Gilbert left the program before briefly enrolling in Florida. He then came on board in Athens but didn’t play for the national champions last year. Now he’s in a good position personally and showing everyone what he’s doing.

With Brock Bowers and Darnell Washington already in the tight end space, the insertion of Gilbert and true freshman Oscar Delp will be too hot for any team in the SEC to handle defensively.

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Gilbert took advantage of Bowers and Washington being ruled out of spring training due to injuries. He made up for lost time and appears to have quickly formed a good relationship with starting quarterback Stetson Bennett IV. Look for offensive coordinator Todd Monken to battle with Bowers, Gilbert and Washington all at once on the football field.

Gilbert reportedly weighed over 300 pounds at the end of last season. He’s seriously lost weight. If he drops down a bit more before the start of the regular season, Gilbert could be just as improper on the field as Bowers was from the tight end position. The speed and power with which he plays is just too much. Bennett has quite a war chest at his disposal when it comes to the tight ends.

Ultimately, Georgia’s national title defense this year will not be about the offensive. They have depth everywhere and should play with a lot of confidence after the end of last season. Where Georgia needs to improve is defensively in the trenches as the Dawgs make up for the loss of many key figures from one of the greatest defensive front sevens in college football history.

For now, Dawg Nation can’t wait to see what Gilbert can do in the passing game this fall.

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John Verrall

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