- Mike DiRocco, ESPN Staff Writer
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Which Florida players are making the biggest contributions on the field?
GatorNation will tell you every week. It’s not just a list of MVP candidates, but a compilation of the players who are making the biggest difference each week.
Here’s this week’s top 10 (last week’s rankings in parentheses):
1. RB Mike Gillislee (8): Gillislee cracked 100 yards rushing for the first time since Oct. 6 against LSU, when he had 146 yards and two TDs. That was also the last time he rushed for a TD until Saturday. Gillislee had 122 yards and averaged 6.1 yards per carry. His 46-yard run in the first quarter was his longest of the season.
2. LB Jon Bostic (NR): Bostic scored the first touchdown of his career when he returned an interception 7 yards in the third quarter, and that’s the play people will remember. But he had one that was even more impressive earlier in the game. Bostic ran down Jacksonville State WR Kevyn Cooper at the 7-yard line, a tackle that turned out to be key to the Gators getting the shutout after Gamecocks K Griffin Thomas missed a short field goal.
3. K Caleb Sturgis (10): It was a nice senior day sendoff for Sturgis. He kicked three field goals (21, 44 and 47 yards) and is now just one field goal shy of tying Jeff Chandler for the school mark for career field goals. Had he not had one blocked he would already have the record.
4. QB Jacoby Brissett (6): It wasn’t a spectacular day for Brissett, but he was solid in his second start of the season. He completed 14 of 22 passes for 154 yards. He didn’t throw for a TD, but he didn’t throw an interception, either. It was a caretaker performance and just what the Gators wanted out of him.
5. S Josh Evans (NR): Other than Bostic, no individual defensive player really stood out. But Evans put in his usual work against the Gamecocks. He led UF with seven tackles and added a half sack. UF held Jacksonville State to 242 total yards.
6. RB Omarius Hines (5): For the first time this season, TE Jordan Reed was not UF’s leading receiver. Hines, WR Quinton Dunbar and RB/FB Trey Burton each had three catches. Hines had three receptions for 37 yards and carried the ball once for 5 yards.
7. CB Marcus Roberson (NR): He made a poor effort on a tackle on the game’s first offensive play and it resulted in a 76-yard gain, but he did some things that won’t show up on the stat sheet. Mainly, he ran up and fair caught two punts in traffic, which is something UF has not done this season. That saved yards, which are pretty valuable when the offense struggles as much as it does.
8. DT Sharrif Floyd (NR): Floyd may not have significant stats, but he has been especially disruptive the past two weeks. He had three tackles and a QB hurry against Jacksonville State.
9. DE Jonathan Bullard (NR): The freshman just keeps getting better. He had four tackles, one tackle for a loss, and batted a ball down at the line of scrimmage.
10. DT Omar Hunter (NR): He had four tackles, but more importantly was a plug in the middle of the offensive line. Jacksonville State managed just 48 yards rushing.
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