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Florida Football 2012: Mike Gillislee Wins Gators Running Back Competition

Senior running back Mike Gillislee has won the competition to get the majority of the position's carries, Florida head coach Will Muschamp announced Monday morning in a press conference. Gillislee will get the bulk of carries, and although Muschamp declared him the clear winner of the competition, he said there were positive signs from all the backs.

Gillislee was impressive at the Gators' open practice Saturday, which could have been the performance that sealed his win and the workload this season. Here's what Muschamp said then, per OnlyGators.com:

"[Senior Mike Gillislee], to me, has still distanced himself from an all-around back standpoint -- protections, carrying the ball, doing the little things, carrying the fakes out," Muschamp said. "His experience helps, obviously. He's very driven. He is a guy that can have top-end speed and finish some runs for us."

Yet to be resolved still is the quarterback competition between Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett, and Muschamp didn't address it during his press conference.

For more on Gators football, visit Florida blog Alligator Army, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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