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Saturday April 27, 2013Gillislee and Sturgis Selected in the Fifth Round of the 2013 NFL Draft

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Former University of Florida running back Mike Gillislee and kicker Caleb Sturgis were both selected in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Gillislee was selected by the Miami Dolphins with the 31st pick of the fifth round. Two picks later, Sturgis was drafted by Miami, as well. Gillislee and Sturgis are the sixth and seventh Gators to be selected in this year’s draft, joining Sharrif Floyd, Matt Elam, Jon Bostic, Jordan Reed, and Jelani Jenkins.

 

Gillislee became the first Gator running back to be chosen in the NFL Draft since Chris Rainey was selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

 

Sturgis became the fourth Gator placekicker in school history to be chosen in the NFL Draft. He was the first UF kicker selected since Jeff Chandler was selected in the fourth round of the 2002 draft by the San Francisco 49ers. In addition, Sturgis was the first placekicker chosen in this year’s draft.

 

Miami has now drafted 13 Gators, most recently selecting center Mike Pouncey in the first round of the 2011 draft.

 

Gillislee appeared in 49 games in his career, starting 11 games in 2012. He had 380 attempts, 2,024 rushing yards (5.3 Avg.) and 20 rushing touchdowns in his career. The DeLand, Fla., native became the first Gator to rush for over 1,000 yards since Ciatrick Fiason in 2004 when he gained 1,152 yards in 2012. For his career, he helped the Gators to a 15-1 record in games in which he scored a touchdown.

 

In 2012, Gillislee rushed for 1,152 yards on 244 carries and led the Gators with 11 touchdowns on the season (10 rushing, one receiving). His 1,152 yards on the season ranks seventh all-time in school history. He had five 100-yard rushing games on the year and finished the fourth in the SEC in rushing yards and 11th in all-purpose yards with 101.7 yards per game. He had the 14th and 15th-best rushing performances in the SEC in 2012 with 148 yards against BGSU and 146 yards against LSU. Gillislee reached the 1,000-yard mark with a 140-yard performance against FSU, scoring two touchdowns in the victory. His 244 rushing attempts was fourth most in school history and most since Errict Rhett in 1993.

 

A two-time finalist for the Lou Groza Award and 2012 Second-Team All-American, Sturgis leaves the University of Florida as one of the greatest kickers in school history. This past season, he set UF records for career field goals made (68) and fields goals made in a single season (24). Sturgis finished the year with an 85.7 field goals made percentage by placing 24-of-28 field goals through the uprights, including going a perfect 3-for-3 on kicks 50 yards or longer. He earned SEC Special Teams Player of the Week honors twice in 2012, as well.

 

Gators in the 2013 NFL Draft

DL Sharrif Floyd, Minnesota – 1st Round, 23rd Overall

S Matt Elam, Baltimore – 1st Round, 32nd Overall

LB Jon Bostic, Chicago – 2nd Round, 50th Overall

TE Jordan Reed, Washington – 3rd Round, 85th Overall

LB Jelani Jenkins, Miami – 4th Round, 104th Overall

RB Mike Gillislee, Miami – 5th Round, 164th Overall

K Caleb Sturgis, Miami – 5th Round, 166th Overall

 

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