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Former LSU tight end Arik Gilbert transfers to SEC rival Florida

Oct 10, 2020; Columbia, Missouri, USA; LSU Tigers tight end Arik Gilbert (2) runs against the Missouri Tigers during the first half at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Former LSU tight end Arik Gilbert announced Sunday that he intends to transfer to Florida.

Gilbert will join a vaunted rival in the Southeastern Conference after spending one season with the Tigers. He had 35 catches for 368 yards and two touchdowns in eight games before opting out of the remainder of the season in early December.

At Florida, Gilbert could help replace tight end Kyle Pitts, who will enter the NFL draft. Pitts had 770 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns last season in the Gators’ highly touted offense.

The Gators have been busy this offseason, adding former Clemson running back Demarkcus Bowman via the transfer portal earlier in January.

–Field Level Media