Former Wisconsin DE David Gilbert transferring to Miami; will play this fall

Former Wisconsin DE David Gilbert transferring to Miami; will play this fall

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ormer Wisconsin defensive end David Gilbert will play college football again after all.

gilbertGilbert, who battled a foot injury the past two seasons, announced in April that he was giving up his final year of eligibility. The thought was that he would take time to fully heal his foot and then attempt to make it in the NFL.

But according to a South Florida Sun Sentinel report, it appears Gilbert will transfer to Miami instead.

He will be eligible to play this fall.

After playing in 25 games over his first two seasons, Gilbert broke his right foot four games into the 2011 season. He returned in December, only to break his foot again in bowl practice.

He continued to experience problems with the foot beginning in the fourth game last season, but managed to put together a consensus All-Big Ten honorable season.

The 6-foot-4, 247-pound Gilbert totaled 42 tackles, including 9.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and forced a fumble in the Big Ten title game against Nebraska.

This spring, Gilbert again experienced problems with the foot. Originally thought to just be turf toe, it turned out to be ligament damage that required surgery and his spring was over by mid-March.

With the Badgers switch to a 3-4 defensive under new coordinator Dave Aranda, Gilbert was expected to move to outside linebacker this fall. There were rumblings that he was unhappy about the transition, but the decision to transfer is more likely related to a desire to be closer to his Cape Coral, Fla. home.

Miami returns both starting defensive ends with Shayon Green (6-3, 262) and Anthony Chickillo (6-4, 269).

Gilbert joins quarterback Danny O’Brien and defensive backs Reggie Mitchell and Donnell Vercher to become the fourth player to transfer from Wisconsin since Gary Andersen took over.

Photo: Andy Manis / Associated Press

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