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Arik Gilbert

Arik Gilbert
Nebraska Cornhuskers – No. 89
PositionTight end
MajorInterdisciplinary Studies
Personal information
Born: (2002-02-22) February 22, 2002 (age 22)
Marietta, Georgia, U.S.
Height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight260 lb (118 kg)
Career history
Bowl games
High schoolMarietta (GA)
Career highlights and awards

Arik Dasan Gilbert (born February 22, 2002) is a former American football tight end for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. He has also played for both the LSU Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs.

High school career

Gilbert attended Marietta High School in Marietta, Georgia.[1] As a senior, he was the Gatorade Football Player of the Year after he caught 101 passes for 1,760 yards and 14 touchdowns.[2][3] For his career he had 243 receptions for 3,540 yards and 35 touchdowns. A five-star recruit, Gilbert was ranked among the top players in his class and committed to Louisiana State University (LSU) to play college football.[4][5][6]

College career


As a freshman, Gilbert first played for LSU. Before the season, Gilbert was predicted to be on the Freshman All-SEC Team. Gilbert started all eight games he played in, catching 35 passes for 368 yards and two touchdowns. However, Gilbert opted out of the remainder of the 2020 LSU Tigers football season in December, citing bodily injury.[7]


Gilbert entered the transfer portal on January 2, 2021 and initially committed to the University of Florida on January 31.[8] He re-entered the portal less than a month later on February 28,[9] and would later transfer to the University of Georgia before the summer semester of 2021. However, Gilbert would not play during the entire 2021 season due to personal reasons.[10] Gilbert's only catches as a Georgia Bulldog came against Vanderbilt in the 2022 season, where he had two catches for sixteen yards and a touchdown.[11]


Gilbert elected to transfer again following the conclusion of the 2022 Georgia Bulldogs football season, this time to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for the 2023 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team.[12]

Legal issues

On August 29, 2023, while awaiting eligibility to play at Nebraska, Gilbert was arrested for burglary of a liquor and vape store in Lincoln. He was arrested a second time for a smash-and-grab burglary of 150 vapes in Lumpkin County, Georgia on September 16, 2023.[13]


  1. ^ Austin, Jack (August 8, 2018). "Dynamite Dozen: Marietta's Arik Gilbert entrenched as one of nation's top tight ends". Retrieved May 28, 2022.
  2. ^ Holcomb, Todd (January 2, 2020). "Marietta's Arik Gilbert was Georgia's top high school football player in 2019". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
  3. ^ Bednarowski, John (December 25, 2019). "MDJ Offensive Player of the Year: Gilbert's record-setting year second to none". Retrieved May 28, 2022.
  4. ^ VanHaaren, Tom (October 23, 2019). "TE Gilbert, No. 12 recruit overall, commits to LSU". Retrieved May 28, 2022.
  5. ^ Kubena, Brooks (October 23, 2019). "LSU lands 5-star Arik Gilbert; Nation's top TE commits to Tigers over Alabama, Georgia". The Advocate. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
  6. ^ Bednarowski, John (March 27, 2020). "Marietta's Gilbert a favorite of college coaches across the country". Retrieved May 28, 2022.
  7. ^ Scarborough, Alex (December 9, 2020). "LSU TE Arik Gilbert confirms call to shut down for 2020 season". Retrieved December 9, 2023.
  8. ^ "Ex-LSU Tigers tight end Arik Gilbert to stay in SEC, transfer to Florida Gators". ESPN. Retrieved April 16, 2024.
  9. ^ "TE Arik Gilbert back in transfer portal after brief time with Florida Gators football". ESPN. Retrieved April 16, 2024.
  10. ^ "Arik Gilbert away from Georgia football due to 'personal issues'". 24/7 Sports. Retrieved April 16, 2024.
  11. ^ "Arik Gilbert - 2021 - Football". University of Georgia Athletics. Retrieved December 9, 2023.
  12. ^ Riley, Connor (December 24, 2022). "Arik Gilbert thanks Georgia football program for its support as he enters transfer portal". DawgNation. Retrieved December 9, 2023.
  13. ^ "Husker tight end arrested in Georgia on burglary charge". KOLN. September 15, 2023. Retrieved December 9, 2023.
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