Wednesday Report

A Florida graduate recently launched a new Web site, designed to counter-argue some of the points made on Fireronzook.com...

Watch out, anonymous Web master of Fireronzook.com. You've got company. And he's fed up with your negativity toward Gators coach Ron Zook.

Chris Case, a UF graduate who is now a seminary student living in Atlanta, launched a new site this week to counter-argue the critics at that infamous "other" internet location.

Keepzook.com, which focuses on Zook's positives, makes a plea to the critics to also judge the second-year head coach on his accomplishments.

"I'm not looking for a Web site war," said Case, who included a link to fireronzook.com on his site. "I just want people to see the reasons why [Zook] is in the position he's in. And I want Zook to know there is support out there for him."

Case said he believes the national perception of Gators fans has been diminished because of the negative publicity provided by fireronzook.com, which has received more than a million hits since it was launched.

"People across the country think we are anti-Zook," Case said. "I had the some of same questions when he was hired, but I was going to give him a chance. And as we've seen, he's started to come around."

LEAK ON A LEASH

While QB Chris Leak certainly appears to be on the accelerated path to learning Florida's offense, let's get one thing straight. The true freshman still remains on a tight leash when it comes to calling audibles.

So just how often does Leak change the coaches' play calls? Well, never, actually.

When asked if Leak has been given such opportunities, Zook simply said, "No." And when Zook was asked if he would be given the opportunity any time soon, he again said, "No."

"I'm not being a smart aleck," Zook said. "I told Chris this would happen to him eventually. But I don't even think in the NFL there are many quarterbacks who have complete reign."

Zook said he occasionally gave former quarterback Rex Grossman a series to call all his own plays last year. Surprisingly, though, Grossman chose running plays more than he passed it.

"Seriously," Zook said. "When we'd say, 'Rex, this is your series,' I always knew it was going to be a run on first down. It's kind of funny, but that's how it always worked out."

BRIEFLY

Heavy rain and wind pummeled Gainesville on Wednesday, causing Florida to cancel practice 40 minutes before it was scheduled to end. Through a sports information director, Zook said the Gators remained injury-free through the shortened workout….CB Keiwan Ratliff has been selected as one of 12 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented annually to the nation's best college defensive back. The senior, who ranks fourth in the nation with seven interceptions, will find out Nov. 25 whether he is among the top three finalists.


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