MICHAEL “Mike” GILLISLEE

Tailback

University of Florida Gators

#23

5:11.2-207

DeLand, Florida

DeLand High School

 

OVERVIEW

After waiting three seasons and 36 games to finally earn a chance to be the featured ball carrier for the Gators, Gillislee was not going to let a groin injury suffered in the second game of the 2012 season slow him down. The staff expected that it would be a few weeks before the tailback would be back on the field, but two days after getting hurt vs. Texas A&M, the senior was back on the field practicing with the team.

 

The Gator rusher went on to become the eighth player in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards, and the first to accomplish that feat since Ciatrick Fason amassed 1,267 yards in 2004. He reached that coveted yardage milestone in the regular season finale vs. Florida State, as he torched Florida’s in-state rival for 140 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 24 carries, but it came at a cost, as he would limp into the bowl season, when he left the FSU clash midway through the fourth quarter with a rib injury.

 

While run-heavy Florida started the game with five throws in its first seven offensive plays, UF punished Florida State with bruising runs from backs Gillislee and Matt Jones, as that duo combined for 221 rushing yards vs. the nation’s then top-ranked rushing defense.

 

Quarterback Jeff Driskel said of Florida State, “They haven’t seen as much depth as we have at running back. We’re going to run hard, and our running backs, when they get a crease, they’re going to make somebody miss, and they did that. We knew we were going to be able to run the ball. That was never an issue.”

 

Gillislee’s 140 yards were more than Florida State had allowed to any team during the 2012 season. The Seminoles entered the game allowing 70.6 rushing yards per game. Florida finished with 244. “I always knew Mike could do that,” wide receiver Quinton Dunbar said of Gillislee’s season total. “He was just waiting for his chance. Now that he’s got his chance, he’s taking (advantage of) his opportunity.”

 

With 11:01 remaining in the fourth quarter, Gillislee scampered untouched off left tackle for 37 yards and the last of his two touchdowns. The go-ahead score put Florida up 23-20.

“The offensive line did a great job of blocking, and I saw all I needed was a good seam,” Gillislee said. “I saw it, and I just hit it — touchdown.” After suffering a rib injury on the next series, the senior gave way to the freshman Jones.

 

The Maxwell Award semi-finalist (nation’s top player) would cap off his college career with an invitation to play in the prestigious 2013 Senior Bowl. On the “grand stage” during the week’s practices in Mobile, Alabama, Gillislee did not disappoint, living up to the praise heaped upon the rusher by Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease.

 

Pease thinks that Gillislee should have a good chance at making it in the National Football League. “He’s got good hands,” the coach said. “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. Even in the NFL they have way more protections than we probably have. They’re always constantly changing. Then, physically, do you match up vs. the guys, linebackers that you’re going to have to block at that level with their strength and speed.”

 

Pease can project an NFL future pretty well. He coached Doug Martin, a rookie running back with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while at Boise State. Now, his new pupil used the Senior Bowl practices to elevate his draft stock. Once considered a free agent prospect prior to the 2012 season, the ball carrier showed in 2012 that he is a hard-charging runner who makes a conscious effort of properly securing the ball attacking the rush lanes.

 

Gillislee has very good field vision and anticipates the action in front of him quickly, doing a nice job of locating the holes, utilizing a nice array of moves, along with the cutting ability to stop and start in an instant when attempting to turn the corner. He runs with good balance, body control and forward lean and while he lacks blazing speed, he has enough acceleration to slip past second level defenders.

 

What Gillislee does well is run at a low pad level, as he likes to get physical with his opponents, using strong leg drive and a powerful upper body to break arm tackles. He is also very slippery, especially when trying to navigate through even the smallest of creases. As a pass protector, he shows good hand placement in attempts to lock on and steer the defenders away from the pocket and while still developing efficient route running skills, he is a viable short area option as a receiver out of the backfield.

 

All of these traits were highlighted during Senior Bowl practices. The 17th Florida player and fourth running back to play in the all-star game, he showed the ability to be patient when following new blockers in front of him and surprised scouts in attendance with his sudden burst taking the ball up the middle of the field.

 

Gillislee attended DeLand High School, where the Florida product rushed for 1,149 yards on 227 carries (5.06 ypc) as a senior, capping a career that saw the ball carrier collect over 900 yards on the ground as a sophomore and over 1,200 yards as a junior. Perhaps his finest performance came when he carried 28 times for 200 yards and scored the game-winning two-point conversion in DeLand’s 29-28 win over Mandarin. Ranked the seventh-best running back and eighth-best all-purpose back in the nation by Rivals.com, he also competed as a slot receiver.

 

Gillislee enrolled at the University of Florida, but also considered scholarship offers from South Carolina, Auburn, Mississippi, and Mississippi State. He was listed third on the depth chart at tailback during his freshman year, appearing in thirteen games, as he scored once on 31 carries for 267 yards. He saw most of his action as a gunner on special teams, where he recorded six tackles.

 

Starring again on special teams as a sophomore, Gillislee again recorded six tackles in that capacity. He also shared short-yardage rushing duties with Trey Burton, as that tanden scored a combined sixteen times on 43 chances inside the red zone, with Gillislee producing seven of those touchdowns. He tallied 325 yards on 58 attempts (5.60 ypc) and also averaged 24.67 yards in limited chances as a kickoff returner.

 

Gillislee’s 2011 season was again spent in a reserve role, as he also battled knee and ankle issues during the schedule’s second half that would sideline him vs. Georgia and South Carolina. In eleven games, he carried just 56 times, averaging 5.86 yards (328) with a pair of scores. He continued to perform as a gunner, chipping in with four tackles.

 

Named the team captain, Gillislee turned his final opportunity to start into an All-Southeastern Conference first-team performance. He led the Gators and ranked fourth in the league with an average of 88.62 rushing yards per game. His 1,152 yards on the ground rank seventh on the school annual record chart, as his 244 carries (4.72 ypc) placed fourth on that list. He ran for ten touchdowns and had another score on sixteen catches.

 

 

CAREER NOTES

Gillislee played in 49 games at Florida, starting eleven contests during his senior season, when he became the school’s eighth player to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season… Carried a total of 389 times for 2,072 yards (5.33 ypc), as his 20 touchdowns rank tenth on the school career-record list…Caught 23 passes for 182 yards (7.91 ypc) and a pair of scores, recording 178 more yards on nine kickoff returns (19.78 avg)…Scored 132 points and generated 2,432 all-purpose yards on 421 chances, an average of 49.63 yards per game and 5.78 yards per play…The gunner also registered sixteen tackles (5 solos)…In games where Gillislee ran for a touchdown, the Gators compiled a 15-1 record.

 

2012 SEASON

Gillislee earned All-Southeastern Conference first-team honors from the league’s coaches during his only season as a starter…The team captain and Maxwell Award semi-finalist had a banner senior campaign as the Gators’ featured ball carrier, becoming the first player since 2004 (Ciatrick Fason gained 1,267 yards) and the eighth in school history to reach the 1,000-yard rushing level, as he finished fourth in the league with an average of 88.62 rushing yards per game, as his average of 101.69 all-purpose yards placed 11th in the SEC ranks…His 244 carries rank fourth on the school annual record chart, topped by Emmitt Smith (284 in 1989) and Errict Rhett (250 in 1992; 247 in 1993)…The senior totaled 1,152 yards on the ground (4.72 ypc), the seventh-best season mark by a Gator, surpassed by Emmitt Smith (1,599 in 1989; 1,341 in 1987), Jimmy DuBose (1,307 in 1975), Fred Taylor (1,292 in 1997) Errict Rhett (1,289 in 1993) and Ciatrick Fason (1,267 in 2004)…Recorded five games in which he rushed for 100-plus yards, as he produced 31 carries that gained at least ten yards, including eight for twenty yards or longer…Added sixteen receptions for 159 yards (9.94 ypc) and a touchdown, as three of his grabs were for 20 yards or longer…

Fielded two onside kicks that he advanced 11 yards and scored 66 points…Produced 1,322 all-purpose yards on 262 touches…Gillislee surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for his career with his first career 100-yard rushing game in the season opener vs. Bowling Green, when he rushed for 148 yards on 24 carries with two touchdowns. He scored UF’s first touchdown of the season on a 15-yard run and then added a 38-yarder less than five minutes later. He also became just the sixth Gator running back since 1996 to run for 148 yards or more in a game…Followed with two more scoring scampers on 14 attempts for 83 yards, but left the Texas A&M clash with a groin injury. With two touchdowns in each of the first two games, Gillislee was the first Gator to rush for at least two touchdowns in two-straight games since Tim Tebow rushed for three scores vs. Georgia and two more vs. Vanderbilt in 2008…Posted his second career 100-yard game and second of the season with 18 carries for 115 yards at Tennessee…In the Louisiana State clash, the senior was named Walter Camp National Player of the Week and SEC Offensive Player of the Week after he had a career-high 34 carries for 146 yards and two touchdowns. His 34 carries tied for third-most in a game in school history, matching the total first accomplished by Fred Taylor vs. Auburn in 1997. Those with more rushing attempts in a game for the Gators are Errict Rhett (41 vs. Georgia, 1993) and Emmitt Smith (39 vs. Alabama, 1987)…Recorded his fourth 100-yard rushing game vs. Jacksonville State, finishing with 122 yards on 20 carries and scoring his eighth touchdown of the season…Had his first career touchdown catch from 45 yards out and rushed 16 times for 68 yards vs. Missouri…Was the recipient of the College Performance Awards Player of the Week recognition and was named SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors after he generated 140 yards with a pair of touch-downs, including a 37-yarder, as he toted the ball 24 times and caught two more for 22 yards vs. Florida State before leaving the game midway through the fourth quarter with a rib contusion. His 140 yards were the most by a player vs. FSU since Clemson’s Jamie Harper had 143 on November 13th, 2010…Closed out his career with 48 yards on nine attempts and a 13-yard reception vs. Louisville in the Sugar Bowl.

 

 

 

 

2011 SEASON

Gillislee played in twelve games as a reserve tailback, sitting out the Georgia contest with an ankle sprain and the South Carolina clash with a knee sprain…Finished third on the team with 328 yards on 56 carries (5.86 ypc) that included two touchdowns…Also had a 19-yard kickoff return, posting four tackles as a gunner for the special teams unit…Had an average of 31.55 all-purpose yards per game…Led the squad in rushing vs. top-ranked Louisiana State, with nine carries for 56 yards and also had a 19-yard kickoff return… Found the end zone on a career-long 60-yard rush vs. Kentucky…Rushed five times for 19 yards vs. Florida Atlantic and carried the ball a season-high 11 times for 79 yards and a touchdown vs. Alabama-Birmingham…Received five carries and totaled 15 yards in the Gator Bowl vs. Ohio State.

 

2010 SEASON

As a sophomore, Gillislee appeared in twelve games as a reserve, collecting 325 yards with seven touchdowns on 58 carries (5.60 ypc)…Was bothered early in the year by a bone bruise in his ankle suffered in the Alabama clash…Caught six balls for 17 yards, returned six kickoffs for 148 yards (24.67 avg) and generated 490 all-purpose yards…As a gunner, he recorded six tackles (3 solos)…Used mostly in short yardage rushing situations, Gillislee teamed with Trey Burton, as that duo scored on 16 of 43 (37.2%) carries inside the red zone, the best duo percentage in the SEC (min. 40 carries)…Ran for 55 yards on six carries vs. Miami in the season opener, including a 41-yard run, as he also had a 50-yard kickoff return…Rushed for 56 yards on eight carries in the home win over Appalachian State…Tied a then career-high with two touchdowns in the win at Vanderbilt, rushing for 57 yards on nine carries…Scored two more times and finished with 27 yards on eight carries in the road victory vs. Tennessee…Toted the ball four times for 10 yards, including a one-yard touchdown run, in the 2011 Outback Bowl victory vs. Penn State.

 

2009 SEASON

Gillislee was listed third on the depth chart as a true freshman, as he appeared in all but the matchup vs. Vanderbilt…Rushed 31 times for 267 yards (8.61 ypc) and a touchdown, as he also caught a 6-yard pass for a score and recorded six tackles (one solo) as a gunner on special teams…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 fresh-man to score in 2009 with a 7-yard run in the fourth quarter…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…Had a solid outing vs. Florida State in The Swamp, rushing six times for 44 yards to help UF to a 37-10 victory…Added a season-long 52-yard gain vs. Cincinnati in the Allstate Sugar Bowl victory, as he led all UF rushers vs. the Bearcats, with five carries for a season-best 78 yards.

 

INJURY REPORT

2010 Season…Was limited in the first half of the season after suffering a bone bruise in his ankle (thought first to be a high ankle sprain) vs. Alabama (10/02).

2011 Season…Suffered an ankle sprain vs. Auburn (10/15) that kept him out of the Georgia contest (10/29)…Sat out the South Carolina clash (11/12) with a knee sprain suffered when he returned from his ankle injury vs. Vanderbilt (11/05).

2012 Season…Left the Texas A&M game with a minor groin strain (9/08)…Was sidelined midway through the fourth quarter vs. Florida State (11/24) with a rib contusion.

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.56 in the 40-yard dash…1.64 10-yard dash…2.64 20-yard dash…4.31 20-yard shuttle…

7.27 three-cone drill…33-inch vertical jump…9’4” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times…30 ¾-inch arm length…8 ¾-inch hands…74 ¼-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Gillislee attended DeLand (Fla.) High School, playing football for head coach Kevin Pettis…Rushed for 1,149 yards on 227 carries (5.06 ypc) as a senior, capping a career that saw the ball carrier collect over 900 yards on the ground as a sophomore and over 1,200 yards as a junior…His finest performance came when he carried 28 times for 200 yards and scored the game-winning two-point conversion in a 29-28 win over Mandarin…Rated the seventh-best running back and eighth-best all-purpose back in the nation by Rivals.com, he also competed as a slot receiver.

 

PERSONAL

General Studies major…Born 11/01/90 in DeLand, Florida.

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

RUSHING STATISTICS
STATS GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG GM/AVG
2009 13 00  031     0267  8.61  01    52      20.54
2010 12 00  058     0325  5.60  07    43      27.08
2011 11 00  056     0328  5.86  02    60      29.82
2012 13 11  244     1152  4.72  10    46      88.62
TOTAL 49 11  389     2072  5.33  20    60      42.29

 

RECEIVING STATISTICS KICKOFF RETURNS
STATS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG NO YARDS AVG TD LONG
2009  01      006 06.00  01    06  00      000 00.00  00    00
2010  06      017 02.83  00    13  06      148 24.67  00    50
2011  00      000 00.00  00    00  01      019 19.00  00    19
2012  16      159 09.94  01    45  02      011 05.50  00    11
TOTAL  23      182 07.91  02    45  09      178 19.78  00    50

 

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
STATS TK SO AS FR FC
2009  06  01  05  00  00
2010  06  03  03  00  00
2011  04  01  03  00  00
2012  00  00  00  00  00
TOTAL  16  05  11  00  00

 

GILLISLEE GAME BY GAME LOG

2012 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Rushing

Receiving

Kickoff
Ret.

Pts

No

Gain

Loss

Net

TDs

No

Yds

TD

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

Bowling Green 09/01/12 Bowling Green 27-14

Yes

24

154

6

148

2

0

0

0

2

11

0

2

12

Texas A&M 09/08/12 at Texas A&M 20-17

Yes

14

83

0

83

2

1

3

0

0

0

0

2

12

Tennessee 09/15/12 at Tennessee 37-20

Yes

18

118

3

115

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kentucky 09/22/12 Kentucky 38-0

Yes

13

56

0

56

1

1

11

0

0

0

0

1

6

LSU 10/06/12 LSU 14-6

Yes

34

146

0

146

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

12

Vanderbilt 10/13/12 at Vanderbilt 31-17

Yes

17

67

0

67

0

2

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Carolina 10/20/12 South Carolina 44-11

Yes

19

47

10

37

0

1

-3

0

0

0

0

0

0

Georgia 10/27/12 Georgia 9-17

Yes

22

80

3

77

0

2

40

0

0

0

0

0

0

Missouri 11/03/12 Missouri 14-7

Yes

16

75

7

68

0

1

45

1

0

0

0

1

6

La.-Lafayette 11/10/12 La.-Lafayette 27-20

Yes

14

45

0

45

0

4

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

Jacksonville St. 11/17/12 Jacksonville St. 23-0

Yes

20

127

5

122

1

1

8

0

0

0

0

1

6

Florida St. 11/24/12 at Florida St. 37-26

Yes

24

140

0

140

2

2

22

0

0

0

0

2

12

Louisville 01/02/13 Louisville 23-33

Yes

9

49

1

48

0

1

13

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

244

1187

35

1152

10

16

159

1

2

11

0

11

66

 

2011 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Rushing

Kickoff
Ret.

Pts

Tackles

No

Gain

Loss

Net

TDs

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Fla. Atlantic 09/03/11 Fla. Atlantic 41-3

Yes

5

22

3

19

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

UAB 09/10/11 UAB 39-0

Yes

11

80

1

79

1

0

0

0

1

6

1

0

0

0

0

Tennessee 09/17/11 Tennessee 33-23

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

Kentucky 09/24/11 at Kentucky 48-10

Yes

6

84

0

84

1

0

0

0

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

Alabama 10/01/11 Alabama 10-38

Yes

3

5

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

LSU 10/08/11 at LSU 11-41

Yes

9

56

0

56

0

1

19

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Auburn 10/15/11 at Auburn 6-17

Yes

3

16

0

16

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

Georgia 10/29/11 Georgia 20-24

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Vanderbilt 11/05/11 Vanderbilt 26-21

Yes

9

39

0

39

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Carolina 11/12/11 at South Carolina 12-17

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Furman 11/19/11 Furman 54-32

Yes

2

15

0

15

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Florida St. 11/26/11 Florida St. 7-21

Yes

3

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ohio St. 01/02/12 Ohio St. 24-17

Yes

5

15

0

15

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

56

334

6

328

2

1

19

0

2

12

3

1

0

0

0

 

2010 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Rushing

Receiving

Kickoff
Ret.

Pts

Tackles

No

Gain

Loss

Net

TDs

No

Yds

TD

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Miami (OH) 09/04/10 Miami (OH) 34-12

Yes

6

55

0

55

0

0

0

0

2

65

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

South Fla. 09/11/10 South Fla. 38-14

Yes

4

29

0

29

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

6

1

1

0

0

0

Tennessee 09/18/10 at Tennessee 31-17

Yes

8

27

0

27

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

12

0

0

0

0

0

Kentucky 09/25/10 Kentucky 48-14

Yes

6

32

0

32

0

1

-2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Alabama 10/02/10 at Alabama 6-31

Yes

1

6

0

6

0

0

0

0

2

49

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

LSU 10/09/10 LSU 29-33

Yes

6

20

0

20

1

3

17

0

0

0

0

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

Mississippi St. 10/16/10 MSU 7-10

Yes

6

33

0

33

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Georgia 10/30/10 Georgia 34-31

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Vanderbilt 11/06/10 at Vanderbilt 55-14

Yes

9

61

4

57

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

12

0

0

0

0

0

South Carolina 11/13/10 South Carolina 14-36

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

14

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

Appalachian St. 11/20/10 App. St. 48-10

Yes

8

56

0

56

0

0

0

0

1

20

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Florida St. 11/27/10 at Florida St. 7-31

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Penn St. 01/01/11 Penn St. 37-24

Yes

4

10

0

10

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

6

0

1

0

0

0

Season Totals

58

329

4

325

7

6

17

0

6

148

0

7

42

3

3

0

0

0

 

2009 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Rushing

Receiving

Pts

Tackles

No

Gain

Loss

Net

TDs

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Charleston So. 09/05/09 Charleston So. 62-3

Yes

6

41

0

41

1

0

0

0

1

6

1

0

0

0

0

Troy 09/12/09 Troy 56-6

Yes

5

8

0

8

0

1

6

1

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

Tennessee 09/19/09 Tennessee 23-13

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kentucky 09/26/09 at Kentucky 41-7

Yes

6

39

0

39

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

LSU 10/10/09 at LSU 13-3

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arkansas 10/17/09 Arkansas 23-20

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mississippi St. 10/24/09 at MSU 29-19

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Georgia 10/31/09 Georgia 41-17

Yes

3

57

0

57

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Vanderbilt 11/07/09 Vanderbilt 27-3

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Carolina 11/14/09 at South Carolina 24-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

FIU 11/21/09 FIU 62-3

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Florida St. 11/28/09 Florida St. 37-10

Yes

6

44

0

44

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

Alabama 12/05/09 at Alabama 13-32

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

Cincinnati 01/01/10 Cincinnati 51-24

Yes

5

78

0

78

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

31

267

0

267

1

1

6

1

2

12

5

1

0

0

0

 

Data provided by Dave-Te Thomas, Publisher of The NFL Draft Reports for TonySoftli.com; Tony Softli Draft Board