"He just told us in the meeting on Sunday that the position was going to be open," Gilbert says. "He's re-opening the position and the best corner is going to play. All of us have been in there competing. It's been competitive and I think it's good too, because it brings the game out of Montae and Kevin, Pat and me. It's bringing the competition level out of all of us.
"It's a great opportunity because I just think every time where I came from," he adds. "Just getting the opportunity to play in some of these games, I've been proud to play. In the games I didn't play, hey, I'm part of the number three team in the nation and whatever I can do to help them out I'm going to do it."
Gilbert was an invited walk-on in 2003 and spent his first season in Auburn on the scout team. During preseason practices in 2004, he made an immediate impact after Auburn lost David Irons, Jr. to a torn ACL and Courtney Denson decided to transfer. Gilbert has played in almost every game this season, and has played well when he's gotten the opportunity.
If he earns a starting role by the time Georgia visits Jordan-Hare Stadium on Nov. 13, it should provide an interesting matchup. Gilbert, at only 5-10, will be lining up against Georgia starting receivers Fred Gibson, who is 6-4, and Reggie Brown, who is 6-2.
"They're not that physical but they have good releases, run good routes and they go get the ball," Gilbert says of Georgia's wideouts. "Nothing will cause a problem with me, whoever I'm on. Height doesn't have anything to do with it. It can jump, too.
"I'm a competitor," he adds. "This is a great opportunity for me. If feel like if I get to start against these guys, I won't be scared of them because height has nothing to do with it. It's all in what you have in your heart."