Florida Football: Breaking Down the Gators Backfield

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Florida Football: Breaking Down the Gators Backfield
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Senior Mike Gillislee should be the No. 1 back for the first time in his career.

After relying on speedsters Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps since 2008, Florida's backfield will feature a mix of both old and new faces in 2012. 

Senior Mike Gillislee headlines the group of relative unknowns, but Gators fans should be familiar with the team's projected starter. 

Often overshadowed by his dangerously fast teammates, Gillislee has quietly averaged 6.3 yards per carry on just 145 carries. 

The group also includes an imposing freshman in Matt Jones, a former 4-star recruit in Mack Brown and a thumper in fullback Hunter Joyer. 

With an underwhelming cast of receivers, the running game will have to carry UF's offense this season. 

Let's take a look at who to watch for in the Gators backfield this season.

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