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Florida's Mike Gillislee added to Maxwell Award watch list

Mike Gillislee's 402 yards and five touchdowns garner recognition from the Maxwell Football club.

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After a fast start to his 2012 season, Florida Gators running back Mike Gillislee has been added to the watch list for the 2012 Maxwell Award, given annually by the Maxwell Football Club to the nation's best football player.

The preseason watch list was made up of representatives from 65 teams, but the club adds players throughout the season. Gillislee's early performance was enough to garner recognition from the club. In four games, Gillislee has rushed for 402 yards and five rushing touchdowns.

Gillislee has been effective since the start of the season, rushing for 148 yards and two touchdowns in the Gators' season-opening victory over the Bowling Green Falcons. He ran for two more touchdowns in the Gators' SEC opener against the Texas A&M Aggies, which Florida won, 20-17.

Gillislee will get a chance to shine on a national stage when the Gators take on the LSU Tigers on Oct. 6 in a nationally televised game. The Gators will welcome the Tigers into the Swamp after a bye week in Week 5.

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