Gilbert happy to be back

Reggie Gilbert returned against UTSA and was able to pick up a sack. Read on to see him discuss that game, his current health, and more.

After missing the season opener, Reggie Gilbert returned against UTSA and sacked the quarterback despite not being completely healthy yet.

"It happened probably in the fifth practice in camp," Gilbert said. "I just sprained a ligament in there and right now I am trying to get it back to 100 percent.

"I’m not 100 percent yet, but I am definitely getting there and every day is progress. I am confident and taking it one day at a time.

Gilbert is happy to be back in action, but admits he was a bit hesitant last week.

"It feels great," Gilbert said. "I was a little hesitant at first just having the confidence in it, but it feels good to be back out there and I am definitely happy to be out there with my teammates again."

It may have been difficult for Gilbert, but he tried not to think about his injured foot once he got on the field.

"Game time is game time," he said. "I try my best not to think about it when it comes to game time and whatever my team needs me to do to win, I am going to try and do it for them.

"I can’t even tell you (how difficult missing the opener was). It kills me. I am just glad that the game I did miss, we were able to pull off the win."

Gilbert is not the only one that is happy he is back, as Rich Rodriguez is hoping he can help with the lack of a pass rush from the defensive line.

"He’s one of our better pass rushers and he is an experienced guy that recognizes things pretty quickly," Rodriguez said.

"He is an experienced football player. He is still working his way back into a groove, but we still have to find more ways to get pressure."

Although Gilbert may not be at full ability yet, he continues to push through any remnants of the injury.

"At the end of the day you are just playing football," he said. "Whether you are healthy or not, you are going to get banged up. You just have to learn how to push through your injuries and certain things when you can."

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