Georgia TE Gilbert not with team, dealing with personal issues

Arik Gilbert isn't with the Georgia Bulldogs team right now. He's dealing with "personal issues," according to Kirby Smart.

In the last nine months, Arik Gilbert has left three different college football programs.

After playing for LSU in a 55-17 home loss to Alabama on Dec. 5 of last season, Gilbert left the Tigers for the rest of the season. He was reportedly “homesick” and mulling whether or not he wanted to transfer.

Then in late January, Gilbert announced that he was transferring to Florida. However, a month later, he de-committed from the Gators and announced that he was back in the transfer portal.

Gilbert eventually would decide to transfer to Georgia. Less than a week into practice, though, Gilbert has already left the Bulldogs.

When asked about Gilbert’s absence from practice during a Zoom meeting with the media Saturday afternoon, UGA head coach Kirby Smart said, “Arik’s dealing with some personal issues. We love him. We’re thinking about him. We’re trying to help him. We hope to get him back soon.”

Don’t count on it, Kirby.

Gilbert, a Marietta High School product who was a five-star recruit, played in eight games for LSU last season. He had 35 catches for 368 yards and two touchdowns.

If Gilbert doesn’t return, QB JT Daniels will be down one less weapon offensively. Star WR George Pickens tore his ACL during spring practice, while WR Dominick Blaylock still hasn’t been cleared to return from an ACL he sustained last August.

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