Mike Gillislee, RB

School: Florida  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Deland, FL
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 208 lbs.
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03/13/2013 - 2013 Florida Pro Day: Running back Mike Gillislee and free safety Josh Evans both elected to run the 40-yard dash as well. Both had run at the combine with Gillislee coming in at 4.55 seconds and Evans at 4.58. Neither was able to significantly better their times Tuesday. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/24/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Runningbacks...3. Mike Gillislee, Florida. What stood out the most was that Gillislee made plays every day. He doesn't have lightning speed but did show good burst and read his blockers well. He did a nice job in pass protection and also displayed nice hands. No one would call him a physical back but he looked good during Senior Bowl week following an impressive senior season at Florida. - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com

01/21/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Monday practice: Clemson's Andre Ellington and Florida's Mike Gillislee had their moments throughout practice as rushers and pass-catchers. Gillislee especially flashed burst throughout the session and has the size (5-11, 207) to help him find work early on Draft Day. - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com

01/02/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Mike Gillislee has emerged as the focal point of UF's offense. At 1,104 yards this season, Gillislee is Florida's first 1,000-yard rusher since Ciatrick Fason in 2004. Gillislee became a complete back in his senior season, capable of picking up blitzes and catching passes out of the backfield. The 5-11, 201-pound Gillislee has rushed for 10 TDs this season and also has 146 yards and one TD receiving. - The Sports Xchange

12/31/2012 - Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease said Gillislee, who had 235 carries during the season, handled the load well. And he said with the month long rest, he thinks he'll play well in Wednesday's Sugar Bowl. "He carried the ball a lot up through the 12 games we had,'' Pease said. "Now he's had some time off. He's fresh. And he understands what we're doing, where we're going to fit in with the game plan with (him). And he's dialed in.''

This won't be Gillislee's final game. He's been invited to participate in the Senior Bowl next month and he said wants to take full advantage of the chance. "It's a great feeling,'' Gillislee said of going to the Senior Bowl. "It wasn't something I expected but I accepted the invitation and it's an exciting feeling. It's going to give me a great opportunity to perform for the scouts and coaches that are there.'' - Trey Iles, The Times-Picayune

12/07/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB - Mike Gillislee, Florida, has been selected First Team All-Southeastern Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Gillislee became the first Gator to rush for more than 1,000 yards since 2004, is third in the SEC in rushing yards per game (92.0) and sixth in all-purpose yards per game (105.1). He has five 100-plus rushing yard performances this season and has rushed for 1,104 yards on 235 carries with a team-leading 11 touchdowns (10 rushing, one receiving). - Florida football

12/07/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): RB - Mike Gillislee, Florida, Sr., has been selected First Team All-Southeastern Conference (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Gillislee became the first Gator to rush for more than 1,000 yards since 2004, is third in the SEC in rushing yards per game (92.0) and sixth in all-purpose yards per game (105.1). He has five 100-plus rushing yard performances this season and has rushed for 1,104 yards on 235 carries with a team-leading 11 touchdowns (10 rushing, one receiving). - Florida football

11/26/2012 - WEEK 13 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Mike Gillislee, Running Back, Florida, Sr., DeLand, Fla.,...Gillislee rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries in Florida's 37-26 win at Florida State. His 37-yard run in the fourth quarter put the Gators ahead to stay, 23-20. Gillislee becomes the first Gator to rush for more than 1,000 yards since Ciatrick Fason in 2004. - SEC football

11/24/2012 - Mike Gillislee ran for two touchdowns and No. 6 Florida scored 24 straight points in the fourth quarter to defeat Florida State 37-26 Saturday and keep its national title hopes alive. Florida regained the lead 23-20 on Gillislee's 37-yard run with 11:01 left in the final period on the first play after Florida State's EJ Manuel fumbled, his fourth turnover of the game. Gillislee finished with 140 yards rushing.

Florida (11-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) came into the game fourth in the BCS standings, and the gators could find themselves in position to earn a spot in the national championship game if No. 1 Notre Dame loses to Southern California. The Gators lone loss was in late October to third-ranked Georgia, and it will keep them out of the SEC title game. Florida State (10-2, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) was hurt by five turnovers in the game. The Seminoles will play Georgia Tech next week in the ACC title game. - AP Sports

11/19/2012 - WEEK 12 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: RB MIKE GILLISLEE (Florida) -- Rushed for 122 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown against Jacksonville State. - SEC football

11/17/2012 - No. 7 Florida used a strong defensive effort to overcome a sluggish offensive performance in a 23-0 win over Jacksonville State on Saturday. The Gators scored a touchdown on their first possession when Mike Gillislee plowed into the end zone from seven yards out. But that was the only offensive touchdown all day from Florida.

The Gators (10-1) also scored on a 7-yard interception return by Jonathan Bostic early in the third quarter. Caleb Sturgis added three field goals from 21, 44 and 47 yards out to complete the scoring. Florida's defense allowed a 76-yard pass completion on the first play of the game, but held the Gamecocks to 176 total yards the rest of the game. Jacksonville State, an FCS program that plays in the Ohio Valley Conference, completed its season with a 6-5 record. - AP Sports

10/10/2012 - 10/10/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 1. Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida: Entering the 2012 season, there wasn't a clear-cut No. 1 senior running back for next April's draft with Wisconsin's Montee Ball, Clemson's Andre Ellington and Texas A&M's Christine Michael leading the way. However a prospect making a strong case to go from preseason undrafted to head of the class is Florida's Mike Gillislee. He put his name on the NFL radar quickly this season, leading the SEC in rushing from day one, but his performance against LSU was his national coming-out-party with 146 yards rushing on 34 carries and two touchdowns against a tough LSU run defense. The Gators struggled through the air with only 61 yards passing so they jumped on Gillislee's back and rode him to a 14-6 victory in the swamp. With Florida losing Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey to the NFL, the perceived thought was that the running game could be a weakness for the Gators this season, but Gillislee has emerged as a more than capable running back and is on his way to becoming a better NFL prospect than either Demps or Rainey. He didn't find much running room against LSU's stout defensive front-seven, but took what he could, reading his blocks and showing the vision and balance to maneuver in tight quarters. Gillislee has good cutback footwork and plant-and-go quickness to keep rushers off balance and keep his legs churning through contact. He set a career-best with 34 rushes and took some hard hits, but looked fresh deep into the game and never quit running with the same determination. He isn't the clear-cut top back from the senior class just yet, but he certainly put his name in the discussion with 548 yards rushing through five games and big numbers against the Tigers. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

10/08/2012 - Week 6 Rewind: Though the Gators were held to just a 3.0 yard per rush average against LSU, their total effort on the ground (176) was more than four times than what the Tigers and their vaunted power running game were able to muster Saturday (42). As is often the case on a team as athletically gifted as Florida, Gillislee has had to bide his time before getting the opportunity to be the Gators' lead back. Though he'd seen action in 36 games over his career entering the 2012 season, Gillislee had amassed "just" 920 yards and 10 touchdowns (on 145 attempts). Nevertheless, his talents were obvious, which led NFLDraftScout.com to stubbornly rank him among the more intriguing senior running back prospects in the country heading into the year. Given a day three grade (5th-6th round) prior to Saturday's performance, Gillislee will be drafted much higher than that should he continue his breakout campaign, perhaps even jumping into the competition to be the first senior running back selected come April. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

10/08/2012 - WEEK 6 SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Mike Gillislee, Running Back, Florida: Gillislee rushed for 146 yards on 34 carries and two touchdowns in Florida's 14-6 win over LSU...Both of his touchdowns came in the second half to help the Gators overcome a 6-0 halftime deficit. Gillislee rushed for 52 yards in the fourth quarter...His 146 yards was the most against LSU since Arkansas' Knile Davis ran for 152 yards on Nov. 27, 2010...His 34 carries is tied for the third most in school history...Gillislee is currently the SEC's leading rusher and has had three 100+ yardage games this season. - SEC football

10/08/2012 - WEEK 6 NCAA NATIONAL FBS OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Don't let the numbers fool you. Others might have had better totals, but RB Mike Gillislee had the most meaningful yards and touchdowns in the nation during Week 6 as he pushed Florida past LSU in the first of several heavyweight SEC bouts on tap this fall. Facing what many believed to be the best defensive front in the country, Florida's offensive line paved the way for Gillislee to batter the Tigers and wear them down after halftime. The two second-half touchdowns were the proof. And, lost in the big picture, how about this: Gillislee had 34 carries against LSU and was not stopped for a loss. - NCAA.com

10/08/2012 - Week 6 Rewind: In a game in which the defenses received all of the hype it was Florida senior running back Mike Gillislee who proved the difference in the upset win over LSU, weaving through Tigers for 146 rushing yards and both of the Gators' scores on a career-high 34 attempts. The 5-11, 209 pound Gillislee showed off the toughness, vision, lateral agility and explosiveness scouts are looking for in a true three-down back at the pro level. Gillislee's scores were arguably the two biggest plays of this low-scoring affair, but if all you saw of this contest were the highlights, they don't do the senior running back justice as they were two of his easiest runs of the day. While LSU is exceptionally athletic along the defensive line, they're also undersized, especially at left defensive end with the 6-4, 245 pound Barkevious Mingo. While Mingo's agility and surprising strength makes him more effective against the run than his size would likely lead you to believe, he and the rest of the left side of the LSU defensive front was consistently sealed off by good blocking from the Florida offensive line throughout this game. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

10/07/2012 - WEEK 6 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Mike Gillislee, Florida, Senior, Tailback, DeLand, FL/DeLand HS...Florida senior tailback Mike Gillislee rushed for 146 yards (on 34 carries) and two touchdowns as the 10th-ranked Gators defeated 4th-ranked LSU, 14-6. LSU had been allowing just 83 rushing yards a game entering the contest. Gillislee had two 12-yard scoring runs in the second half as Florida improved to 5-0, 4-0 in the SEC. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

10/06/2012 - It might be worth a thought for the Florida Gators to see if there's any way to simply skip past the first half from now on this season and take the field with the third quarter on the clock. That's when the Gators really start playing their best football. For the third time this season in an SEC game, No. 10 Florida flipped a game on its head and dominated the opponent, and this time that foe was the fourth-ranked LSU Tigers. Sparked by a revitalized offense and a defense that refused to let the Tigers up for air, Florida stunned LSU 14-6 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mike Gillislee slashed through the Tigers for a career-best 145 rushing yards and a pair of second-half touchdowns to ignite an offense that seemed dead in the water in the first 30 minutes. The Gators (5-0, 4-0 SEC) couldn't do much of anything right with the ball in the first half, with only 47 total yards on 32 plays. LSU (5-1, 1-1) sacked quarterback Jeff Driskel five times for minus-66 yards, the last sack forcing a fumble that Barkevious Mingo smothered to set up Drew Alleman's second field goal of the day from 21 yards out to give the Tigers a 6-0 lead. After halftime, with The Swamp as electric as it has been in several years, Florida delivered a huge performance and a statement heard around the SEC and the country. Following a punt on the initial series of the third quarter, the Gators went to work on offense. - The Sports Xchange

10/06/2012 - Mike Gillislee ran for a career-high 146 yards and two touchdowns, bringing No. 10 Florida to life in the second half as the Gators beat fourth-ranked LSU 14-6 Saturday. Led by Gillislee and a dominant defense, Florida's grind-it-out victory provided a signature win for coach Will Muschamp in his second season in Gainesville. It was the program's first win against a ranked team since beating rival Georgia in 2010. Linebacker Jon Bostic, safety Matt Elam and defensive end Lerentee McCray provided the big plays on defense. Gillislee once again carried the load on offense. Together, they wore down the Tigers (5-1, 1-1) in the second half -- no surprise since the Gators (5-0, 4-0) have been doing that all season. Florida, which trailed 6-0 at halftime, also came from behind to beat Texas A&M and Tennessee on the road last month. This one was even more impressive. The Gators harassed quarterback Zach Mettenberger, pretty much shut down running backs Spencer Ware, Kenny Hilliard and Michael Ford, and completely wore down LSU's vaunted defense. Mettenberger completed 11 of 25 passes for 161 yards, with an interception. - AP Sports

09/22/2012 - Florida was sluggish at the start, but used a 21-point second quarter to take a command lead and went on to a 38-0 victory over Kentucky on Saturday. It was the Gators' final tune-up leading to a showdown against LSU in two weeks in Gainesville. The Gators, 4-0 for the third consecutive season, beat the Wildcats (1-3) for the 26th straight time, the longest active winning streak in the nation in a series against a major conference opponent. Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith, who leads the SEC in passing but sustained a shoulder injury last week, went through pre-game warm-ups but did not start. Morgan Newton opened at quarterback for Kentucky in his place and struggled throughout. Both teams were sluggish in the beginning, but Florida took the lead for good on a 27-yard field goal by Caleb Sturigs with 5:20 left in the first quarter. Quarterback Jeff Driskel's career-long 38-yard run set up the score. Kentucky's Craig McIntosh missed wide left on a 54-yard try that would have tied the score. The Gators then drove 73 yards to increase the lead to 10-0 on a one-yard run by Mike Gillislee, who had 13 carries for 56 yards. Driskel's 24-yard pass to Frankie Hammond on third-and-seven from the Florida 40 was a key play in that drive. - The Sports Xchange

09/15/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Florida at Tennessee, Sept. 15 -- Florida (2-0, 1-0 SEC) will face a big conference test on the road for the second straight week. The Gators have won seven straight against Tennessee, but the Vols are off to a 2-0 start behind a passing attack that's averaging 353.5 yards per game. KEYS TO THE GAME: It begins in the secondary, where Florida will be challenged against another high-powered passing attack. Tennessee junior QB Tyler Bray has averaged 321.5 yards per game through two games this season, with six touchdowns and a passer rating of 194.7. It will be important for the Florida defensive line to put some pressure on Bray and make him uncomfortable. Offensively, Florida must stick with a balanced game plan that has helped the Gators win both games this season. Look for Florida to try to establish the run with senior RB Mike Gillislee to take pressure off sophomore QB Jeff Driskel. Driskel needs to avoid negative plays after taking eight sacks last week against Texas A&M. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Mike Gillislee has emerged as Florida's most valuable offensive player. Florida coach Will Muschamp said he will be careful with Gillislee in practice this week after the suffered a groin strain against Texas A&M. "We probably won't rep him 40 times (Monday), but we'll make sure he's ready to go for Saturday," Muschamp said "We feel he'll be fully available." Gillislee has rushed for 231 yards this season on 6.1 yards per carry and has scored four of Florida's five touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange

09/11/2012 - KEEP AN EYE ON: RB Mike Gillislee. Gillislee continued to show that he is UF's top offensive player, finishing with 83 yards on 14 carries and two TDs vs. Texas A&M. For the season, Gillislee has four of UF's five TDs. - The Sports Xchange

09/10/2012 - Florida's offense is built around running back Mike Gillislee. The senior has 231 yards rushing in two games and four of the team's five touchdowns. So his groin injury could be a significant setback for the 18th-ranked Gators (2-0), who play at No. 23 Tennessee (2-0) on Saturday. Gillislee injured his groin in the first half against Texas A&M and seemed to tweak it on a 12-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Coach Will Muschamp says Gillislee "should be fine," but the coach has a tendency to downplay injuries during the season. Muschamp says, "They said he's gonna practice. ... We probably won't rep him 40 times today, but we'll make sure he's ready to go for Saturday. We feel like he's fully available." - AP Sports

09/10/2012 - WEEK 2 OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: RB MIKE GILLISLEE (Florida) -- Rushed for 83 yards and two touchdowns in Florida's 20-17 win at Texas A&M. - SEC football

09/08/2012 - Florida offensive lineman Jon Halapio had a warning for Texas A&M after the Gators came from behind for the first time in second-year coach Will Muschamp's tenure to get a league win. "In the SEC, every week you are going against someone as good as, or better than you," he said after Florida's 20-17 win on Saturday in the first conference game for the Aggies. Muschamp said his team got "killed" by the media after a less than impressive season-opening 27-14 win against Bowling Green, but he wanted to run the football to set the team up for future games -- like Saturday. "This is kind of who we are," Muschamp said. "I know nobody wants to hear that these are the facts of life. Sometimes you have to put your realistic glasses on how things are." For a half, Texas A&M looked dazzling in its new conference, rolling to a 17-7 lead while freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel scrambled and threw short passes to the glee of the 87,114 at Kyle Field -- the ninth-largest attendance in stadium history. Manziel completed 23 of 30 passes for 173 yards for A&M in his first start and carried the ball 17 times for 60 yards. "Anyone who's watched him play knows he's not a normal freshman," first-year A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said. "That is a big job to start at home in front of that crowd against a ranked team. You can watch his play, and anyone who saw him play knows he's not timid." - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Florida at Texas A&M, Sept. 8 -- The Gators will look to spoil Texas A&M's inaugural game in the SEC. Florida will need to deal with a frenzied crowd at Kyle Field in the first of back-to-back road games. Texas A&M will be playing its first game of the season after having its season-opener at Louisiana Tech postponed due to Hurricane Isaac. KEYS TO THE GAME: Texas A&M will serve as the first big test for Florida's experienced offensive line. Texas A&M led the nation in sacks last season with 51 and returns its top two pass rushers, LB Sean Porter and DL Damontre Moore. Porter and Moore combined for 18 sacks last season. It also will be important for the secondary to contain Texas A&M receiver Ryan Swope, who has 180 career catches for 2,204 yards and 16 touchdowns. Defensively, look for the Gators to bring pressure on Texas A&M redshirt freshman QB Johnny Manziel, who is making his first college start. Punt coverage will need to be crisp for the Gators against Texas A&M's Dustin Harris, who led the nation last season with 18.6 yards per punt return. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Mike Gillislee had an impressive season-debut for the Gators, rushing for 148 yards and two touchdowns on 6.2 yards per carry. He'll be counted on again to provide production in the running game. - The Sports Xchange

09/03/2012 - WEEK 1 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: RB MIKE GILLISLEE (Florida) -- Rushed for 148 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns against Bowling Green. - SEC football

09/01/2012 - Mike Gillislee had a career-high 148 yards rushing and two touchdowns, helping No. 23 Florida edge Bowling Green 27-14 in the teams' season opener Saturday. The performance was far from perfect for the Gators, who struggled part of the game on offense and failed to generate much pressure on defense. Still, it was enough for Florida to win its 23rd consecutive opener. The streak is the second longest in the nation behind Nebraska (27). The Gators can thank Gillislee, Frankie Hammond and two missed field goals for the latest one. A senior who spent the last three years playing behind Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey, Gillislee scored on runs of 15 and 38 yards in the second quarter. Hammond turned a short pass into a 50-yard score early in the fourth. Bowling Green could have had a second-half lead, but fifth-year senior Stephen Stein missed field-goal attempts of 31 and 29 yards. Florida's quarterback rotation - and thousands of empty seats - got most of the attention on a sweltering day in Gainesville. The Gators rotated sophomore quarterbacks Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel in what was dubbed a final chance to earn the starting job. Driskel seemingly prevailed, but it certainly wasn't a landslide victory. Brissett started the game, and then went to the bench on the second play. Driskel also started - lining up at receiver for the first snap - and played the first quarter. Florida coaches decided at halftime to stick with Driskel. - AP Sports

08/10/2012 - FLORIDA BREAKOUT STAR: RB Mike Gillislee - Florida Will Muschamp said during SEC media days he made a mistake by not playing Gillislee more last season. A senior, Gillislee has waited patiently behind Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps for his opportunity to carry the load. The 201-pound Gillislee will add a power element to the running game that the Gators have been lacking in recent enough. Whether he is durable enough to become UF's first 1,000-yard rusher since Ciatrick Faison in 2004 remains to be seen. - The Sports Xchange

08/10/2012 - Florida is coming off a 7-6 season, its worst since 1987. But there is renewed optimism. New offensive coordinator Brent Pease, hired from Boise State, has brought in a system that has the potential to create mismatches and spring free UF's receivers. Senior 201-pound running back Mike Gillislee will get his opportunity to lead a power running game that will focus more on going between the tackles. "I think [the system] suits me a lot better with not just running the ball but catching the ball out in the back field and just being a complete back," said Gillislee. The Gators return four of five starters on the offensive line and have added true freshman D.J. Humphries, considered one of the top offensive line prospects in the nation. Defensively, the Gators return 10 starters, but must find a pass-rushing replacement for Ronald Powell. Powell, who led Florida in sacks this season with six, will miss at least the first month of the season while recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL he suffered last April. "We are going to start fast and we are going to finish," Gillislee said. "We are going to be more physically and mentally tough. That's what we have been doing." - The Sports Xchange

05/22/2012 - SPRING MOVERS: RB Mike Gillislee - With Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey both gone, Gillislee is taking advantage of his opportunity to seal the number one job at tailback. He's currently on the top of the depth chart at tailback, but is being pushed by sophomore Mack Brown and converted receiver-turned-RB Omarius Hines. - The Sports Xchange

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03/13/2013 - 2013 Florida Pro Day: Running back Mike Gillislee and free safety Josh Evans both elected to run the 40-yard dash as well. Both had run at the combine with Gillislee coming in at 4.55 seconds and Evans at 4.58. Neither was able to significantly better their times Tuesday. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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