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Florida Vs. Tennessee: Can Mike Gillislee "Get Ghost"?

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Sep 8, 2012; College Station, TX, USA; Florida Gators running back Mike Gillislee (23) runs the ball for a touchdown against the Texas A&M Aggies in the first quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE
Sep 8, 2012; College Station, TX, USA; Florida Gators running back Mike Gillislee (23) runs the ball for a touchdown against the Texas A&M Aggies in the first quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

Mike Gillislee is fast. But Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps were both faster, and I never heard of the two of them going "ghost."

Of course, that's probably not possible, literally speaking.

But the Gators' running back, the focal point of the Florida offense, hasn't done much of anything against Tennessee in his career. In three previous meetings with the Vols, Gillislee has eight carries for 27 yards — and all of those carries and yards (and two touchdowns) came in 2010. Here's how he racked them up:

First Quarter

  • 4th and 1, Tennessee 43: No gain
  • Second Quarter

  • 1st and Goal, Tennessee 4: Two yards
  • 2nd and Goal, Tennessee 2: Two yards, touchdown
  • Third Quarter

  • 1st and 10, Tennessee 25: Two yards
  • 1st and 10, Tennessee 40: 11 yards, first down
  • 2nd and Goal, Tennessee 5: Five yards, touchdown
  • Fourth Quarter

  • 1st and 10 at Tennessee 40: One yard
  • 1st and 10, Florida 40: Four yards
  • That's a lot of failures on first down and a stop on fourth down. And, sure, Gilly was not the featured back then, but it's still not a lot of success. He's going to need to improve on that to get Florida a win on Saturday.