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20 Robert Gillespie
  • Tailback
  • 5-9, 190
  • Senior
  • Hattiesburg, MS (Hattiesburg HS)

CAREER A true senior...Played in 43 regular season games with 13 starts for 1138 plays and also played in the 1999 Orange Bowl, 2000 Citrus Bowl and 2002 Orange Bowl...Rushed for 1,854 career yards (14th best in school history and 16 TDs (11th best in school history) on 374 carries (5.0 avg.)...Caught 96 passes for 1,091 yards (11.4 avg.) and four TDs...1,091 career receiving yards are second best in school history for a running back...96 catches are second best for a back in school history...Has also spent time as a kick returner - returning 17 kicks for 367 yards (21.5 avg.)...3,312career all-purpose yards (1,854 rushing, 1,091 receiving, 367 returns) rank 10th in school history...Second player in UF history to gain 1,000+ yards rushing (1,854) and receiving (1,091) in a career...Named to the Knoxville News Sentinel SEC All-Freshmen Team in 1998...Led the 2000 team in rushing with 670 yards...2001 SEC Academic Honor Roll selection

2001 SEASON A true senior who teams with Earnest Graham at tailback...Played in all 11 regular season games with three starts (Kentucky, Auburn, Tennessee) for 393 plays, which led all running backs...Also played in the 2002 Orange Bowl...On the season has rushed for 395 yards on 94 carries (4.2 avg.) with one touchdown while also catching 41 passes for 445 yards and two touchdowns...Ranks second on the team in rushing with 395 yards...41 receptions ranks first among all running backs and third overall on the squad...Ranks third on team in all-purpose yardage with a total of 902 yards (395 rushing, 445 receiving and 62 returns) an average of 82.0 per game...Compiled 120 all-purpose yards (60 rushing, 60 receiving on five catches in season opener vs. Marshall), including a 27-yard touchdown catch...Was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week vs. Kentucky after compiling 147 all-purpose yards (81 receiving, 66 rushing), including a 52-yard touchdown catch...Career-high seven catches for 36 yards vs. Auburn...Career-high 10 receptions for 76 yards vs. Tennessee...In the Orange Bowl against Maryland had four carries for 63 yards, including a 11-yard TD run while also making four catches for 29 yards and a 22-yard kickoff return...SEC Academic Honor Roll selection

2000 SEASON Battled Earnest Graham all season for top spot at tailback...Played in 11 of 12 regular season games (missed Middle Tennessee game with toe injury) with six starts (Ball State, Tennessee, Auburn, Georgia, Vanderbilt and Florida State)...Had surgery on Dec. 7 to repair some cartilage damage in his right knee and missed the Sugar Bowl...Season stats:125 rushes for 678 yards (5.4 average) and five TDs, 26 catches for 218 yards (8.4 average) and five kickoff returns for 90 yards...Squad's leading rusher with 678 yards (5.4 yards per carry)...26 catches was third on the squad and best for a running back...403 snaps was second among running backs...Rushed for a then-career high 112 yards on 17 carries, scoring two touchdowns against Ball State......Set a career high in rushing yards with 120 yards on 19 carries against LSU, his fourth career 100-yard game...A career-long 47 yard run against Auburn, rushing for 82 yards on 12 carries in the game...One rushing touchdown and one TD catch versus Georgia...Rushed for 93 yards on 14 carries (6.6 average) and one touchdown against Vanderbilt...Received offensive unit's spring hustle award

1999 SEASON Played in nine of 12 games all but (Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Florida State) with three starts (Alabama, LSU and Auburn) for 185 plays...Also played in Citrus Bowl...SEC Academic Honor Roll selection...Two 100-yard rushing games (108 vs. Kentucky and 108 vs. LSU)...Was in a tight battle for the top spot at tailback before suffering a broken hand vs. Georgia, which sidelined him for the Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Florida State games before coming back in the SEC Championship Game against Alabama...84 carries for 471 yards (5.60 avg.) with eight touchdowns and 12 receptions for 156 yards...Ranked third on the team in rushing with 471 yards...Led all running backs in rushing touchdowns scored with eight...Rushed for 48 yards on nine carries (5.3 avg.) and one touchdown (10 yds.) vs. Western Michigan...Rushed for a career-high 108 yards and two touchdowns (15 and three yds.) vs. Kentucky...Rushed for 86 yards on 11 carries (7.8 avg.) and caught three passes for 22 yards (7.3) vs. Alabama...Tied a career high in rushing with 108 yards and two touchdowns (20 and seven yds.) on 21 carries vs. LSU and also had four receptions for 28 yards (7.0 avg.)...Rushed for 46 yards on 13 carries and one TD (1-yd) vs. Auburn...Rushed five times for four yards including a two-yard TD vs. Georgia before suffering a broken hand...Recipient of UF's Everyday Award on offense during spring

1998 SEASON Saw action in each of UF's 11 regular season games with one start (Auburn) for 196 plays...Also played in Orange Bowl...Named to the Knoxville News-Sentinel SEC All-Freshmen Team...Played a top role at tailback all season but saw his role increase during second half of season with Terry Jackson's ankle injury...Also one of UF's top kickoff return men...Third on team with 310 rushing yards and two TDs (second-best on squad) on 71 carries (4.4 avg.)...17 receptions for 272 yards (16.0 avg.) and one TD...Seven kickoff returns for 160 yards (22.9 avg.)...Made collegiate debut vs. The Citadel, rushing for 30 yards on five carries with one TD (4-yard run)...74 yards on 12 attempts with one touchdown (5-yard run) vs. Northeast Louisiana ...Three catches for 44 yards, as well as one rush for three yards, vs. Tennessee...Three catches for 47 yards and a TD (47 yards) vs. Kentucky...Two receptions for 61 yards vs. Alabama...Led team with 72 rushing yards on 13 carries vs. LSU and added two catches for 36 yards...15 carries for 40 yards and two catches for 16 yards in first career start vs. Auburn...Had 11 rushes for 62 yards and two receptions for 19 yards vs. Georgia

PREP Considered one of the nation's top prep running backs...Named to several prep All-America teams...SuperPrep ranked him among the top 30 overall players in the nation and The Sporting News ranked him among the nation's top 65 players...Named to SuperPrep's All-America Team and that publication also ranked him among the top four running back prospects in the nation...SuperPrep selected him the Southeast Offensive Player of the Year...National Recruiting Advisor ranked him among the nation's top two players in its "all-purpose back" category...Rushed for 1,957 yards in '97 with 26 TDs and registered another 700 yards receiving...Named to the Honor Roll each year of his high school career...Spent free time as Youth Director at local church...High school coach was Doug Merchant...Also visited Illinois, LSU and Mississippi State

PERSONAL Born Robert Nolan Gillespie on November 2, 1979 in Los Angeles, California ...Parents: Robert Sr. and Ruby Gillespie ...Former standout UF women's basketball player Murriel Page is a cousin...Hobbies include listening to music and reading...Favorite sports personality is Deion Sanders...

Major: Sports Management.

1998 71 310 4.4 2  
1999 84 471 5.6 8  
2000 125 678 5.4 5  
2001 94 395 4.2 1  
Totals 374 1854 5.0 16  
1998 17 272 16.0 1 47
1999 12 156 13.0 0 27
2000 26 218 8.4 1 22
2001 41 445 10.9 2 52
Totals 96 1091 11.4 4 52
1998 10 215 21.5 0 54
1999 0 0 0.0 0 0
2000 5 90 18.0 0 23
2001 2 62 31.0 0 0
Totals 17 367 21.5 0 54
1998 310 272 0 215 797
1999 471 156 0 0 627
2000 678 218 0 90 986
2001 395 445 0 62 902
Totals 1854 1091 0 367 3312

Yards Rushing: 120 (LSU, 2000)
Rushing Attempts: 21 (LSU, 1999)
Rushing TD's: 2 (Three times, most recent, Ball State, 2000)
Longest Rush: 47 (Auburn, 2000)
Most Receptions: 10 (Tennessee, 2001)
Receiving Yards: 81 (Kentucky, 2001)
Longest Reception: 52 (Kentucky, 2001)

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