Gillislee, Nixon play in Senior Bowl

Florida running back Mike Gillislee ran for 46 yards on 10 carries in the South's 21-16 win in the Senior Bowl on Saturday. (Photo by The Associated Press)

Published: Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 8:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 8:49 p.m.

MOBILE, Ala. — Two Florida seniors, running back Mike Gillislee and offensive lineman Xavier Nixon, participated in the 2013 Senior Bowl on Saturday afternoon.

Gillislee nearly led the South team on the ground with ten carries for 46 yards, with his longest run of 15 yards occurring on his first touch of the game. Gillislee did garner the most carries for the South team.

“I proved my point that when I’ve gotten opportunity I can make things happen,” Gillislee told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “I want to standout and show people that I am that complete back they are looking for.”

Nixon also saw time on the offensive line for multiple series throughout the game and helped the South team to 235 yards of offense and a 21-16 win over the North team.

Gillislee and Nixon were the 17th and 18th players in UF history to participate in the Senior Bowl. Their selections mark the fourth consecutive year Florida has been represented in Mobile. In 2010, Riley Cooper and Tim Tebow took part in the Senior Bowl, followed by Ahmad Black, Marcus Gilbert, Chas Henry and Mike Pouncey in 2011 and then Chris Rainey and Jaye Howard in last year's contest.

Gillislee was the fourth running back to compete in the Senior Bowl for the Gators. Nixon was the sixth offensive lineman to compete in the all-star game.

Linebacker Jon Bostic was slated to play in the game as well, but suffered an injury in the days prior to the game and was forced to back out.

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