Georgia OC Todd Monken explains why Arik Gilbert is a 'special talent'
Georgia offensive coordinator Todd Monken is excited about the different ways he can use receiver Arik Gilbert this fall.
Gilbert landed at Georgia this offseason after one season with LSU. He was ranked as one of the top players in the class of 2020 — the No. 5 overall player in the country, per 247Sports Composite rankings.
His size and athleticism could give the Bulldogs a new element to their offense this season.
“He’s a special talent, because he’s in the Brock Bowers mold in that he’s athletic enough to play receiver but big enough to do some things on the interior,” Monken told reporters on Thursday. “He’s a size match-up, he’s a run-after-catch guy. He loves to play the game. So we’re excited that he’s part of our program.”
Georgia’s offense improved significantly after JT Daniels took over the starting job vs. Mississippi State last season. The Bulldogs went from averaging 209 passing yards per game to over 310 yards per contest with Daniels under center.
As a true freshman tight end with LSU, Gilbert caught 35 passes for 368 yards and 2 touchdowns. He’s expected to move to receiver in Georgia’s offense this season.
Georgia opens its 2021 campaign against Clemson on Sept. 4.