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Mike Gillislee

RB

Height
5' 11"
CLASS
SO
Hometown
DeLand
Weight
198 lbs.
Experience
1L
School
DeLand
Mike Gillislee

CAREER:

Running back who appeared in 49 games, starting every game in 2012…Had 380 attempts, 2,024 rushing yards (5.3 Avg.) and 20 rushing touchdowns in his career…Became the first Gator to rush for over 1,000 yards since Ciatrick Fiason in 2004 when he gained 1,152 yards in 2012…Also has two receiving touchdowns…For his career, helped the Gators to a 15-1 record in games in which he scored a touchdown.

 

HONORS:

First-Team Offense AP All-SEC, First-Team Offense Coaches’ All-SEC, Phil Steele All-SEC First Team…Maxwell Award Watch List…Named a 2012 Team Captain.

 

2012:

Rushed for 1,152 yards on 244 carries and led the Gators with 11 touchdowns on the season (10 rushing, one receiving)…Became the eighth Gator in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season and first since Ciatrick Fason in 2004….His 1,152 yards ranks seventh all-time in school history…Recorded five games in which he rushed for 100-plus yards (Bowling Green 148, Tennessee 115, LSU 146, Jacksonville State 122, Florida State 140)...Fourth in the SEC in rushing yards with 1,152 yards (88.6 yards per game) and 11th in all-purpose yards with 101.7 yards per game...Had a season-long rush of 46 yards and averaged 4.7 yards per rush...Has the 14th and 15th-best rushing performances in the SEC this season with 148 yards against BGSU and 146 yards against LSU…Reached the 1,000-yard mark with a 140-yard performance against FSU, scoring two touchdowns in the victory…Recorded a career-high 34 carries for 146 yards against LSU…His 34 carries was also the third-most in a game in school history…Rushed for touchdowns in the first two games of the season, which was the first time since Tim Tebow in 2008, who had rushing TDs in three-consecutive games…His 244 rushing attempts was fourth most in school history and most since Errict Rhett in 1993…His 262 all-purpose touches ties for sixth most in a season in school history and most since Earnest Graham had 262 in 2002…Team Offensive Player of the Game against BGSU, LSU and Jacksonville State.

 

2011:

Appeared in all but two games (Georgia, South Carolina)…Third on the team in rushing with 328 yards on 56 carries…Led the team in rushing average with 5.9 yards per rush…Led the squad in rushing vs. top-ranked LSU with nine carries for 56 yards…Found the end zone twice, including one on a career-long 60-yard rush vs. Kentucky…Contributed on the kickoff and kick return units throughout the season…Had one kick return for 19 yards vs. LSU…Rushed five times for 19 yards in the season opener vs. FAU…Carried the ball a then career-high 11 times for 79 yards and a touchdown against UAB…Set a then career-high with 84 rushing yards in the victory vs. Kentucky…Received three carries and ran for 16 yards at Auburn…Missed the game vs. Georgia with an injury…Contributed to the victory against Vanderbilt with nine carries for 39 yards…Sat out the game at South Carolina with an injury…Totaled 15 yards on two carries in a win vs. Furman…Received five carries and totaled 15 rushing yards in the Gator Bowl vs. OSU.

 

2010:

Appeared in 12 games as a sophomore, only missing the game vs. Georgia in Jacksonville…Along with freshman Trey Burton, scored on 16 of 43 (37.2 percent) carries inside the red zone, the best duo percentage in the SEC (min. 40 carries)…Was a gunner on punt and kickoff coverage and also second on the depth chart returning kickoffs…Ranked second on the team with seven rushing touchdowns and fifth with 325 yards rushing (5.8 avg.)…Rushed four times for 10 yards, including a one-yard touchdown run, in the 2011 Outback Bowl victory vs. Penn State…Ran for 56 yards on eight carries in the home win over Appalachian State…Tied a career high with two touchdowns in the win at Vanderbilt, rushing for 57 yards on nine carries…Ran for 33 yards on six carries at home against Mississippi State… Finished with 20 yards on six carries vs. LSU, including a five-yard touchdown run with 4:34 remaining in the fourth quarter that moved the Gators in front…Set career highs in receptions (3), receiving yards (17) and longest reception (13) against LSU…Ran for 32 yards on six carries in the win over Kentucky…Scored a career-high two touchdowns and finished with 27 yards on a career-high eight carries in the road victory against Tennessee…Totaled 29 yards on four carries, including his first touchdown of the season, in the win vs. USF…Ran for 55 yards on six carries against Miami University in the season opener, including a 41-yard run…Also had a career-best and team-high 50-yard kickoff return.

 

2009:

Played in 13 games for the Gators during his freshman campaign, only missing the matchup vs. Vanderbilt…Rushed 31 times for 267 yards (8.6 avg), one touchdown, and had a season-long 52-yard gain against Cincinnati in the Allstate Sugar Bowl victory…Led all UF rushers in the Sugar Bowl against the Bearcats, with five carries for a season-best 78 yards (15.6 avg.)…Collected a tackle as a member of UF’s special teams unit against Alabama in the 2009 SEC Championship Game…Had his second-best outing of the season against FSU in The Swamp, rushing six times for 44 yards to help UF to a 37-10 victory…Against Georgia in Jacksonville, had three carries for 57 yards, including a 49-yard rush…Gained 39 yards on six carries in the win at Kentucky…Scored the first receiving touchdown of his career as a Gator with a six-yard reception from John Brantley in the fourth quarter of UF’s 56-6 win over Troy…Was Florida’s fourth-leading rusher in the season-opener vs. Charleston Southern, where he had six attempts for 41 yards and became the first freshman to score in 2009 with a seven-yard run in the fourth quarter.

 

PRIOR TO FLORIDA:

Rushed for 1,149 yards on 227 carries for a 5.1-yard average at DeLand High School…Ran for over 900 yards as a sophomore and over 1,200 yards as a junior…Carried 28 times for 200 yards (7.1 average) and scored the game-winning two-point conversion in DeLand’s 29-28 win over Mandarin…Considered South Carolina, Auburn, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State, among others…Also played slot receiver at DeLand for head coach Kevin Pettis…Ranked the No. 7 running back by Rivals.com and was tabbed the No. 8 all-purpose back by the organization.

 

GILLISLEE’S CAREER HIGHS

Rushing Attempts: 34 (LSU, 2012)

Rushing Yards: 148 (Bowling Green, 2012)

Rushing TDs: 2 (6x, last Florida State, 2012)

Longest Rush: 60 (Kentucky, 2011)

Receptions: 3 (LSU, 2010)

Receiving Yards: 17 (LSU, 2010)

Receiving TDs: 1 (2x, last Missouri, 2012)

Longest Reception: 45 (Missouri, 2012)

Kickoff Returns: 2 (2x, last Alabama, 2010)

Kickoff Return Yards: 65 (Miami University, 2010)

Longest Kickoff Return: 50 (Miami University, 2010)

 

CAREER RUSHING STATISTICS

Year

No

Yds

Avg

TDs

Lg

2009

31

267

8.6

1

52

2010

58

328

5.6

7

43

2011

56

328

5.9

2

60

2012

244

1152

4.7

10

46

Totals:

389

2072

5.3

20

60

 

CAREER RECEIVING STATISTICS

Year

No

Yds

Avg

TDs

Lg

2009

1

6

6.0

1

6

2010

6

17

2.8

0

13

2011

0

0

0.0

0

0

2012

16

159

9.9

1

45

Totals:

23

182

7.9

2

45

 

CAREER KICKOFF RETURN STATS

Year

No

Yds

Avg

TDs

Lg

2009

0

0

0.0

0

0

2010

6

148

24.7

0

50

2011

1

19

19.0

0

19

Totals:

7

167

23.9

0

50

 

Game-by-game stats

Date

Opponent

W/L

Rush

Yds

Avg

TD

Rec

Yds

Avg

TD

9/5/2009

ChSou

W

6

41

6.8

1

0

0

-

0

9/12/2009

Troy

W

5

8

1.6

0

1

6

6.0

1

9/26/2009

@Kty

W

6

39

6.5

0

0

0

-

0

10/31/2009

*UGa

W

3

57

19.0

0

0

0

-

0

11/28/2009

FlaSt

W

6

44

7.3

0

0

0

-

0

1/1/2010

*Cin(4)

W

5

78

15.6

0

0

0

-

0

2009 Totals

Team Record: 13-1

31

267

8.6

1

1

6

6.0

1

Date

Opponent

W/L

Rush

Yds

Avg

TD

Rec

Yds

Avg

TD

9/4/2010

Mia-O

W

6

55

9.2

0

0

0

-

0

9/11/2010

SoFla

W

4

29

7.3

1

0

0

-

0

9/18/2010

@Tenn

W

8

27

3.4

2

0

0

-

0

9/25/2010

Kty

W

6

32

5.3

0

1

-2

-2.0

0

10/2/2010

@Ala(1)

L

1

6

6.0

0

0

0

-

0

10/9/2010

LSU(12)

L

6

20

3.3

1

3

17

5.7

0

10/16/2010

MissSt

L

6

33

5.5

0

2

2

1.0

0

11/6/2010

@Vandy

W

9

57

6.3

2

0

0

-

0

11/20/2010

App

W

8

56

7.0

0

0

0

-

0

1/1/2011

*PSU

W

4

10

2.5

1

0

0

-

0

2010 Totals

Team Record: 8-5

58

325

5.6

7

6

17

2.8

0

Date

Opponent

W/L

Rush

Yds

Avg

TD

Rec

Yds

Avg

TD

9/3/2011

FlaAtl

W

5

19

3.8

0

0

0

-

0

9/10/2011

UAB

W

11

79

7.2

1

0

0

-

0

9/24/2011

@Kty

W

6

84

14.0

1

0

0

-

0

10/1/2011

Ala(3)

L

3

4

1.3

0

0

0

-

0

10/8/2011

@LSU(1)

L

9

56

6.2

0

0

0

-

0

10/15/2011

@Auburn(24)

L

3

16

5.3

0

0

0

-

0

11/5/2011

Vandy

W

9

39

4.3

0

0

0

-

0

11/19/2011

Furman

W

2

15

7.5

0

0

0

-

0

11/26/2011

FlaSt

L

3

1

0.3

0

0

0

-

0

1/2/2012

*OhioSt

W

5

15

3.0

0

0

0

-

0

2011 Totals

Team Record: 7-6

56

328

5.9

2

0

0

-

0

Date

Opponent

W/L

Rush

Yds

Avg

TD

Rec

Yds

Avg

TD

9/1/2012

BGSU

W

24

148

6.2

2

0

0

-

0

9/8/2012

@TexA&M

W

14

83

5.9

2

1

3

3.0

0

9/15/2012

@Tenn(23)

W

18

115

6.4

0

0

0

-

0

9/22/2012

Kty

W

13

56

4.3

1

1

11

11.0

0

10/6/2012

LSU(4)

W

34

146

4.3

2

0

0

-

0

10/13/2012

@Vandy

W

17

67

3.9

0

2

12

6.0

0

10/20/2012

SC(9)

W

19

37

1.9

0

1

-3

-3.0

0

10/27/2012

*UGa(12)

L

22

77

3.5

0

2

40

20.0

0

11/3/2012

Mizzou

W

16

68

4.3

0

1

45

45.0

1

11/10/2012

UL-Laf

W

14

45

3.2

0

4

8

2.0

0

11/17/2012

JacSt

W

20

122

6.1

1

1

8

8.0

0

11/24/2012

@FlaSt(10)

W

24

140

5.8

2

2

22

11.0

0

1/2/2013

*Lou(22)

L

9

48

5.3

0

1

13

13.0

0

2012 Totals

Team Record: 11-2

244

1152

4.7

10

16

159

9.9

1

 

 

What they’re saying…

 “He’ll be remembered for a lot of things. He’ll be remembered for the 148-yard opener that had fans buzzing about his potential. He’ll be remembered for the 12-yard, game-winning touchdown run against Texas A&M in Week 2, a play on which he was clearly injured. No one will forget him churning out 146 yards and two touchdowns on 34 demanding carries in Florida’s 14-6 win over LSU in October. And his 140-yard, two-score performance in the win over archrival Florida State in Tallahassee won’t escape Gators fans’ minds for years. It’s been a heck of a season for Gillislee, who went from quiet reserve to ranking fourth in the SEC in rushing yards and helping Florida ascend to No. 3 in the BCS standings.” (1/1/13)
Edward Aschoff, ESPN.com

 

“I think any time in our society we suffer from the disease of me. How does it affect me? And most people suffer from that. And Mike doesn’t. He’s a team guy. He’s a consummate team guy. He’s one of my favorites of all-time. He’s a guy that’s a great example.” (1/1/13)
Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach

 

“Without Gillislee, who knows where the Gators would be right now? He was the heart and soul of their offense and became the first Florida player since Ciatrick Fason in 2004 to rush for 1,000 yards. He has 1,104 yards and 10 touchdowns heading into the Allstate Sugar Bowl.” (12/28/12)
Chris Low, ESPN.com

 

(On reaching the 1,000-yard rushing mark): “It’s much deserved. He earned every yard. He’s a tough running back. He took so many hits. He keeps swinging back, and I love him for that.” (11/25/12)
Jon Harrison, UF center

 

(On reaching the 1,000-yard rushing mark): "I'm so proud of him. He works hard every day and never complains about anything.” (11/25/12)
Omar Hunter, UF defensive tackle

 

(After the Florida State win): “He won't get to 1,600 yards and 24 touchdowns as he boldly predicted back at Southeastern Conference Media Days in July, but Mike Gillislee more than solidified his place in Florida football lore Saturday.” (11/25/12)
Chris Harry, GatorZone.com

 

(On his performance against Florida State): “If the Gators were going to beat Florida State on Saturday, they had to establish their running game. That meant that Gillislee had to be the running back who grabbed so much attention at the beginning of the season. Well, that Gillislee showed up, carrying the ball 24 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns in the 37-26 win over Florida State. His 9-yard run gave the Gators a 13-0 lead in the second quarter, but his 37-yard scamper gave Florida a 23-20 lead in the fourth quarter. It was Florida's first lead since the Seminoles went on a 20-0 run in the second and third quarter. It also gave the Gators a lead they wouldn't relinquish.” (11/25/12)
Edward Aschoff, ESPN.com

 

“He’s got good hands. He’s willing to block. He has all the phases that he can do at the next level — catching, running, blocking. I think those are the things they’re looking for first. They all want to know if you’re coachable and how smart you can pick up.” (11/7/12)
Brent Pease, UF offensive coordinator

 

“He’s really dangerous in space. I love him for that. When you think he’s down, he’s really not down. He’s still going and we love that about him. He has a high motor.” (11/4/12)
Jon Harrison, UF center

 

(On his performance against Missouri): "Gilly is a phenomenal running back. Whenever get gets the ball he makes stuff happen. As soon as he caught it, I already knew." (11/4/12)
Omarius Hines, UF running back

 

“Certainly, his success this year at Florida creates a strong sense of community pride in that he's a product of the DeLand community and DeLand High School. The community is proud of him.” (10/22/12)
Bob Apgar, DeLand Mayor

 

“A lot of guys would have been impatient, maybe jumped the gun and transferred somewhere else, but he persevered and waited for his opportunity. He got it, and look at him now. Everybody's talking about him, what a great job he's doing. And you know what? It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.” (10/22/12)
Al Manning, DeLand High School Head Coach

 

“He's just as humble now as he was then. That's what you like to see: Someone who remembers where they came from and is just as humble as can be.” (10/22/12)
Al Manning, DeLand High School Head Coach

 

“Gillislee has been one of the main reasons for No. 2 Florida's turnaround this season, averaging 102.5 yards per game and scoring seven touchdowns. Under new Gators offensive coordinator Brent Pease, Gillislee has already carried the ball 120 times in six games, nearly as much as he ran in the past three seasons combined. Gillislee, a senior from DeLand, Fla., has brought a much-needed physical presence to Florida's offense and taken the pressure off sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel.” (10/18/12)
Mark Schlabach, ESPN.com

 

“He's powering Florida's offense and he's been the SEC's best back thus far. He's extremely explosive and is strong enough to bully his way to extra yards and wear down defenses.” (10/18/12)

Edward Aschoff, ESPN.com

 

“Easily one of the most valuable players in the SEC, Gillislee is a big reason the unbeaten Gators have been able to transform themselves into a physical, downhill running team.” (10/18/12)
Chris Low, ESPN.com

 

“After sitting and watch for the better part of his first three years at Florida, Gillislee was the SEC's best running back in the first half of the season. He’s pounded away at defenses with 615 yards and seven touchdowns on 120 carries and is the difference maker on Florida’s offense. The Gators aren’t unbeaten without him.” (10/17/12)
Edward Aschoff, ESPN.com

 

“He’s not the leading rusher in the league, and his numbers aren’t nearly as gaudy as what Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has put up to this point. Nonetheless, Gillislee has meant everything to that Florida offense. He’s rushed for 615 yards in his first six games and has allowed the Gators to play their physical brand of football that’s been so successful. He was sensational in the second half of the 14-6 win over LSU and has come through every time the Gators have needed him. Without him, there’s no way this team would be where it is right now.” (10/16/12)
Chris Low, ESPN.com

 

(Halfway through the regular season): “If only Charlie Weis had featured Gillislee like Brent Pease does. Gillislee carried 114 times in 2010-11. When Pease came over from Boise State, he designed a power running game around the 5-11, 209-pound senior. The results have been dramatic: 120 carries, 615 yards, 7 TDs and a slew of demoralized opponents.” (10/15/12)
Larry Hartstein, CBSSports.com

 

“He’s a work horse. He’s a strong guy who is going to put his head down every time, and get you three or four.” (10/9/12)
Jeff Driskel, UF quarterback

 

"Mike Gillislee is a great running back. He has a lot of heart, a lot of drive. ... He's going to give it his all, even if it's sacrificing his body. The best thing about him is he that he just kept working. He just kept working and giving it his all every day, day in, day out, practice, weight room, whatever it takes, and that's what we respect so much about him." (10/9/12)
Jon Harrison, UF center

 

"He just moves the chains over and over again. You get kind of tired of tackling him. The fourth quarter, that's where he starts wearing on people." (10/9/12)
Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach

 

(After the LSU win): “He's a quality player. I watched him run before we played him. He's a quality guy.” (10/7/12)
Les Miles, LSU Head Coach

 

(After the LSU win): “I was patient as a running back. That’s what it’s all about playing running back. This is a dream come true for me. I’ll never forget this moment and this win.” (10/7/12)
Mike Gillislee, UF running back

 

(After the LSU win): "I'll take Gilly over anybody. I tell him that all the time and I mean that. I felt that way in spring and going into fall camp. ... He's a Will Muschamp guy. He don't ever say anything, he just does his job, lines up, runs the ball. If you ask him to block, he's going to block. If you ask him to catch the ball, he's going to catch the ball. He just is a really, really, really good football player." (10/7/12)
Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach

 

“Will Muschamp needed a powerful RB to emerge. He found one in Mike Gillislee.” (9/13/12)
Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com

 

“Gillislee (5-foot-11, 209 pounds) possesses the speed to outrun defenders, the agility to make them miss, the strength to break tackles and the vision to find the seams in a defense.” (9/12/12)
Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel

 

“One, he’s very talented. He provides such a downhill running attack and yet you can see when he starts to bounce plays, he’s elusive enough and he’s great in the open field and he still does a good job of reading blocks down field. You can use him, he’s not just a downhill runner. He can be if he has to. He has good hands. We just have to continue to get him the ball.” (9/12/12)
Brent Pease, UF offensive coordinator

 

“And Gillislee turned potential into production in Florida's first two games, breaking tackles, making defenders miss and accounting for the majority of the team's scoring.” (9/11/12)
Mark Long, Associated Press

 

(After the Texas A&M game): "He's doing great and only getting better." (9/9/12)
James Wilson, UF offensive lineman

 

“This fall, it’s clear it will be Gillislee’s chance as a senior to show what he can do. And he sounds eager.” (9/4/12)
David Jones, Florida Today

 

(After his 148 yard rushing performance against Bowling Green): “This is a chance I’ve always dreamed about. I think I handled it pretty good.” (9/2/12)
Mike Gillislee, UF running back

 

"People look at him and figure all he can do is pound people, and he can certainly do that. He doesn't shy away from contact. But once he gets a crease, Mike can run away from people."  (8/22/12)
Brian White, UF running backs coach

 

"The thing about Mike is that he is the perfect teammate. All he does is show up to practice every day and bust his butt. He is a lunch pail guy who comes to work, pounds nails all day and comes back ready to go to tomorrow. We are looking forward to everybody else seeing what a good player he is." (8/22/12)
Brian White, UF running backs coach

 

"I just want to be remembered. I sat back for three years and now I want to make the most of my senior year." (8/22/12)

Mike Gillislee, UF running back

 

“Gilly has distanced himself from an all-around back standpoint. Protections, carrying the ball, doing the little things, carrying the fakes out. His experience helps obviously. He’s very driven. He is a guy that has top-end speed and can finish some runs for us.” (8/20/12)

Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach

 

“Gillislee has a ton of support from his coaches, who think he’s Florida’s most important offensive player.” (8/16/12)

Edward Aschoff, ESPN.com

 

“Gillislee is the best option at running back and without him the Gators would be in trouble.” (8/16/12)

Edward Aschoff, ESPN.com

 

“Now is the time for me to step up. I feel like this is the best opportunity for me. This is my last year. I want to be remembered. I want to be remembered as a leader, a hard worker and a team player." (8/3/12)

Mike Gillislee, UF running back

 

“Mike Gillislee is a guy that I'm expecting to have a good senior season. He's a guy, because of his running style, will be more of an inside zone, two-back power lead team. He's a guy we're expecting to have a great year.” (7/19/12)

Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach

 

“Mike Gillislee gives the Gators their first true downhill threat since Tim Tebow.” (7/18/12)

Edward Aschoff, ESPN.com

 

“He’s different than what we have. You look at Demps and Rainey – they’re both speed backs. Mike can give us a tough drive up the middle. We like to run with him. He’s a down hill runner. We like to run with him at this point.”

(9/10/11)

Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach, UAB post-game

 

"When you're talking about playing through contact — not necessarily making people miss — but playing through contact, Gillislee is probably the best of my group. That's Mike's M.O." (8/28/10)

Stan Drayton, former UF Running Backs Coach

 

"I'm really excited about where Gilly is at this point. (The light) is definitely coming on for him. He's feeling it. He knows he's being counted on to play for us. He's ready to go. He's getting himself ready to play a game.” (8/16/10)

Stan Drayton, former UF Running Backs Coach

 

"Mike right now has been in the program two years and he's gotten so much better in that respect, but there's still a ways to go, you know. Sometimes you don't see the finished products until they're sophomores, juniors and at times seniors. I think this is a pivotal year for Mike. He has to turn that corner ... there's no question he's got the ability to do that. He's got the raw ability and he's putting in the work. I'm expecting to see him reap some benefits from that. There's no doubt the guy can make plays." (8/15/10)

Stan Drayton, former UF Running Backs Coach

 

“Mike Gillislee is a really, really talented tailback. He’s got a great combination of speed, size and power.”

Steve Addazio, former UF Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach and current Temple Head Coach

 

“He’s a very explosive runner, and he seems to have the vision that outstanding running backs have.” (4/1/10)

Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun

 

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