Florida running back Mike Gillislee
The SEC Blog will be counting down the top 150 players in the SEC every day, concluding on Aug. 30 at the start of the college football regular season.
94. Mike Gillislee, No. 23, Florida Running Back
2011 stats: 56 carries for 328 yards and two touchdowns, one kickoff return for 19 yards
At 5'11", 201 pounds, Gillislee is a bigger running back that can be the between-the-tackles threat that Florida has been missing. The rising senior has battled injuries and offensive systems that have limited his production in the Florida offense. When healthy, he has proved to be a reliable asset for the Gator offense.
The problem with Gillislee is that he has been in and out of the lineup during his first three seasons due to numerous nagging injuries—usually to his legs. He calmed those fears a bit with a stellar spring practice, but it's still something that should be in the back of head coach Will Muschamp's mind when toe meets leather this fall.
Whether it's Gillislee, Omarius Hines, Mack Brown or someone else, it's clear that a power running game will be a focus this season for first-year offensive coordinator Brent Pease. Gillislee will get the first crack at solidifying that spot, so expect a big year out of him if he can remain healthy.