GAINESVILLE -- Florida has no plans to rest running back Mike Gillislee on Saturday against Jacksonville State despite a top-10 matchup with Florida State looming, coach Will Muschamp said.
“We’ve got to do what we’ve got to do to win the game and play well,” he said.
That means trying to get the run game and Gillislee back on track. Gillislee has failed to rush for 100 yards in five consecutive games.
However, he is just 158 yards shy of becoming the Gators’ first 1,000-yard running back since Ciatrick Fason in 2004.
Muschamp admitted the team has not been efficient running the ball between the tackles since the LSU game, but he partly attributed that to injuries to the offensive line. Chaz Green Xavier Nixon James Wilson
Saturday’s game could help put a large dent in Gillislee’s number needed to reach the 1,000-yard mark. Jacksonville State has the 86th-ranked rushing defense in FCS, allowing 186 yards on the ground on average.
• Muschamp said this week he would not address until after the season whether wide receivers coach Bush Hamdan will be retained, and if so, in what capacity. Originally a first-year graduate assistant, Hamdan was promoted to the position after Aubrey Hill resigned due to “personal reasons” in August.