Saturday, September 15, 2012
Keep an eye on Gators' Gillislee
By Chris Low
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Florida running back Mike Gillislee, who suffered an injury to his groin last week in the win against Texas A&M, went through warm-ups and appeared to move well.
Gillislee will definitely be worth watching Saturday night. He's the SEC's leading rusher through two games and the centerpiece of the Gators' offense. If he's not 100 percent or can't finish the game, that's a huge blow for Florida.
He practiced this week, and the Florida coaches say he's ready to go. But groin injuries tend to linger and can always be tricky.
Speaking of the running game, the Vols have managed just 20 total yards on the ground in the past two games against Florida. Tennessee doesn't necessarily need to rush for 150 yards to win this game, but the Vols will have to muster some semblance of a running game to keep Florida's front seven honest, and keep the Gators from teeing off on quarterback Tyler Bray.
The other thing to watch is special teams. Florida has won 15 of the past 20 games in this series, and in most of those wins, the Gators either made a big play on special teams or the Vols committed a major blunder.