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Marcus Gilbert felt some pressure in Gainesville. After all, he had to protect program icon Tim Tebow. But his dad might know a little something about handling pressure in the protection business.
Jeff Gilbert served on the Secret Service agent for Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and helped protect current President Barack Obama on the campaign trail.
Given Marcus' talent, however, it's likely he will be paid more handsomely than his father while protecting NFL field generals.
Recruited by several high-profile programs, Gilbert chose Florida despite being told he'd likely sit to start his career. He played two games in 2006, his first year in Gainesville, then redshirted the season to save eligibility. Gilbert played in 26 of the 27 games the Gators played in 2007 and 2008, starting once at left guard and once at right guard because of injuries. He delivered very strong play as a starter on both sides of the offensive line for all 27 games of the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Although Gilbert didn't win all-conference honors from league coaches during his career, the SEC was loaded with talented linemen the past two years. His footwork, strength and size on the edge allows scouts see him as a very capable starter, probably on the right side, at the next level.
Strengths: Solid pass protector with a quick set, fluid lateral movement and willingness to go out and punch his man off the snap instead of waiting for the rush to come to him. Usually keeps his feet active and arms extended while engaged, sustains after initial contact and can anchor against most ends. Has the mix of hustle and athleticism to get a hand inside on the tackle, push aside a linebacker and reach a safety ten yards downfield on a single run play. Anchors against strong defensive ends well, resets his hands to sustain the block. Good drive-blocker, churns forward after engaging and will usher his man downfield for seven to ten yards. Can turn defenders out of the hole. Reliable, durable player who gives consistently gives good effort. One of the team's senior leaders for 2010. Mature, well-liked player with no known character issues.
Weaknesses: Plays a bit top-heavy, so body control and posture must be more consistent; loses his balance when leaning forward against ends or lunging towards linebackers at the second level. Needs to improve his lateral quickness, as pro ends will beat him to the corner. Will get tripped up in trash. Does not always adjust well to inside defenders; can get a hand on defensive backs in space but is best when heading straight for his target.
Gilbert made 30 career starts for the Gators, including all 13 games this season. The Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., native played both tackle positions in 2010 and was a key member of an offensive line that surrendered one sack or less in seven games this year. As a junior he played a major role in helping the Gators lead the SEC with 3,105 rushing yards from his right tackle position...Has started at both tackle spots in 2010. Graded out a Champion in Florida’s first four games. Graded out at 83 percent and recorded three knockdowns in the Gators’ win over Miami University.
Played in and started in all 14 of Florida’s games his redshirt junior season, including the 2009 SEC Championship Game and the 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl Game…Named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his efforts against Kentucky Sept. 26...Turned in one of UF’s highest grades of the 2009 campaign when he earned Champions’ Club honors with a 99 percent in the win over Georgia…Checked in at 95 percent in UF’s win over Arkansas on Homecoming…Graded out at 85 percent in the victory over Kentucky, for which he earned league honors…Started in Florida’s 23-13 victory over Tennessee in the first SEC game of the season for UF and graded out a Champion at 90 percent and recorded two knock downs in 61 snaps…Secured the starting spot at right tackle in the season opener against Charleston Southern and graded out a Champion at 92 percent with zero missed assignments, and returned against Troy to grade out a Champion at 90 percent after taking 58 snaps.
Played in 13 of Florida’s 14 games, only missing the contest at Arkansas…Contributed to Florida’s SEC and BCS National Championship Game victories…Started at left guard against both Hawaii and Miami…Lined up at tight end for a play against Tennessee…Graded out a Champion at 93 percent in the 70-19 win over The Citadel…Played the entire third quarter in the match-up with Ole Miss…Additionally contributed on special teams as a member of the field-goal unit.
Played in all 13 games and made his first career start against Florida Atlantic at right guard replacing Maurkice Pouncey…Was the last of 22 Gators that made their first career start in 2007.
Dressed but did not see action in Florida’s wins over Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama…Played in the shutout of UCF and made collegiate debut in the Gators’ 34-7 win over USM.
Three-year starter at St. Thomas Aquinas…Played guard and tackle on the offensive line during his prep career as well as doubling on the defensive line…Moved over to offense following his sophomore season…Selected to participate in the 2006 CaliFlorida Bowl…Was a member of the varsity basketball team and competed in the shot put and discus throws for the track and field squad…Chose Florida over Auburn, Florida State, LSU and Miami (FL).
Was born Feb. 15, 1988…Active member of the Goodwill Gators who participated in visits to Terwilliger Elementary and the Shands Medical Plaza/AGH…Son of Jeffery and Katrina Gilbert…Has two sisters, Jasmine and Jennifer…Enjoys playing basketball in his free time.
Draft Scout Player News
01/05/15 - OT Marcus Gilbert has nothing more than a sprained ankle from Saturday's game. It was first feared a more serious injury may have occurred but he needs no surgery.
01/04/15 - OT Marcus Gilbert injured his right ankle in the fourth quarter and did not return. He missed three games during the latter part of the regular season because of ankle problems.
12/17/14 - OT Marcus Gilbert (ankle), who missed the past three games, went through a full practice on Wednesday and is expected to start on Sunday.
12/15/14 - OT Marcus Gilbert (ankle), after practicing with the first team all week, was not active because they did not like how his ankle responded by the end of it
12/12/14 - T Marcus Gilbert (ankle) is out of Sunday's game.
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