Robert Nolan Gillespie was born in Los Angeles, CA and played high school football in Hattiesburg, MS before joining Steve Spurrier’s Gator football team in 1998. Between 1998 and 2001, Gillespie split carries with #5 Earnest Graham in the backfield, and racked up 1,854 yards rushing while becoming the Gators’ #2 receiving running back with 1,091 yards off 94 receptions. He was a team captain in his senior year before leaving to join Coach Spurrier on the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent. After a brief stint in the NFL and NFL Europa, Gillespie returned to the University of Florida in 2005 to complete his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science and then he again followed Steve Spurrier to South Carolina--this time as a graduate assistant. Robert Gillespie is now a running back coach for Tennessee.
Honorable mention: #20 Tony Lomack (1986-1989). Lomack was one standout on some pretty bad Gator teams that were decimated by NCAA sanctions. In those days, Emmitt Smith and Willie McClendon carried the entire offense, often without knowing which quarterback would be under center--Kyle Morris, Donald Douglas, or Lex Smith. Tony accrued over 1600 all purpose yards as receiver, running back, kick returner, and punt returner, and was a 9th round draft pick for the Los Angeles Rams in 1990.
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