- Marcus Gilbert
- 6' 5"
- Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
- 296 lbs.
- St. Thomas Aquinas
Selected with the 31st pick of the second round (63rd overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
HONORS: Selected to play in the Under Armour Senior Bowl…2010 Third-Team All-SEC selection by Phil Steele...2009 Fourth-Team All-SEC selection by Phil Steele.
CAREER: Played in 52 games and made 30 career starts during his tenure as a Gator.
2010: Played and started in all 13 of Florida’s games, including the 2011 Outback Bowl Game…Started at both tackle spots…Graded out a Champion in six of Florida’s games, including three in a row versus Miami, South Florida and Tennessee…Graded out at 83 percent and recorded three knockdowns in the Gators’ win over Miami University.
2009: 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.
2008: 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.
2007: 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 who made their first career start in 2007.
2006: Played in the shutout of UCF and made collegiate debut in the Gators’ 34-7 win over USM.
PRIOR TO FLORIDA: 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).
MAJOR: Family, Youth and Community Science.
· Was so focused during the 2009 preseason that every night before he went to bed, he wrote himself notes of what he must improve upon during the next day’s practices
· Grew up with former Miami safety Anthony Reddick—Gilbert’s grandmother lived behind Reddick, and according to Gilbert’s sister, Reddick taught Gilbert how to play ball when they were younger
· Brother, David Walker, was a defensive lineman at Iowa who completed his eligibility following the 2005 season
· Caught a shark this summer while fishing with his father
· Father Jeff is a retired secret service agent who protected Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama
· Has met President Obama several times
· Talks with his grandmother at least twice a week and has a very close relationship with her
“The athletic Gilbert is the Gators' best tackle prospect in more than a decade. He possesses the strength to hold down the right tackle spot, but also offers the footwork to slide over to the all-important blind side tackle position.” (9/30/10)
Tony Pauline, SI.com
“He was a guy that was one foot in and one foot out for about two years. We were going to throw his butt out of here because he didn’t buy into the academics, the expectations and workload. Coach (Steve) Addazio and he have developed a father- son type relationship. He is going to graduate from Florida. He will have an opportunity to play at the next level, and he is one of our most consistent linemen. That’s just one of those great stories, when you have a great mom and dad, which he has, and a position coach who is just non-stop on him and then obviously the God-given tools. He has turned into one of our better linemen. He’s very consistent right now. We moved him from right to left, which is sometimes an issue, but he picked it right up.” (9/13/10)
Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach
“Just his work ethic, he loves to ball. He is a competitor, hard worker, great athlete. Most people don’t know he came here at 270 pounds looking like a tight end. They beefed him up and put weight on him, but he is a phenomenal athlete and that is something you can never coach. Something you can’t motivate is what you are born with, and he is blessed.” (9/13/10)
Carl Johnson, UF offensive lineman
“He often grades out a Champion with multiple knockdowns. Look for this 6-foot-5, 322-pound redshirt senior monster to be a leader on Florida’s offense.” (7/1/10)
Laura McKeeman, FoxSportsFlorida.com