Former Auburn star football player Zach Gilbert has been found dead in his Birmingham apartment. Gilbert was a Florence native and a fantastic athlete. Few details are available, but police do not suspect foul play. Our sincerest sympathy to his family.
Here is his bio while at Auburn in 2006:
2006 — Played in 12 games, finishing with 12 tackles, including nine solo … Posted three tackles against Tulane and intercepted a pass, returning it an AU-long 57 yards … Finished with two solo tackles against South Carolina … Began the season with three tackles, including two solo, against Washington State.
2005 — Played in 11 games … Finished with six tackles, including five solo … Intercepted his first career pass against Western Kentucky and returned the ball 26 yards … Posted two solo tackles against Ball State.
2004 — Played in 11 games and registered eight tackles with two broken up passes … Broke up a pass against Alabama …Totaled four tackles and a broken up pass against The Citadel … Finished with two tackles against Mississippi State.
2003 — Walked on to the Auburn team and redshirted.
High School — High School Coach: Gary Horton … Rushed for 800 yards and six touchdowns his senior season … Also credited with 50 tackles … Earned All-Region team honors … Rushed for 700 yards and seven touchdowns his junior season … Ran track and played baseball his junior season.
Personal — Born March 27, 1985 in Florence, Ala. … Son of Tia and Larry Gilbert … Has one brother, Marques (21), and a twin sister, Tabitha (20) … Majoring in public administration.