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Gillislee is a reluctant star for No. 4 Florida

Associated Press Modified: October 8, 2012 at 3:33 pm •  Published: October 8, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Mike Gillislee avoids interviews as well as he does defenders, says little in the locker room and talks even less in the huddle.

His play, though, speaks volumes for the fourth-ranked Gators.

Gillislee has rushed for 548 yards and seven touchdowns this season, emerging as the key cog in Florida's grind-it-out offense. The senior from DeLand leads the Southeastern Conference with nearly 110 yards a game on the ground and has been at his best against ranked teams.

He had a career-high 146 yards rushing and two touchdowns in Saturday's 14-6 win against LSU, earning him the SEC's offensive player of the week award Monday.

Gillislee and Florida play at Vanderbilt on Saturday.