Saturday Bowl Report

Arrival to Tampa brings plenty of entertainment as Florida begins to prepare for Thursday's Outback Bowl...

Sandwiched between a week's worth of entertainment, Florida began its Outback Bowl preparations in Tampa on Saturday.

After arriving Friday, the Gators held a two-hour practice -- the first of five workouts before Thursday's bowl game against Iowa.

"We have a job to do," Zook said. "This is a business trip. Obviously, this year we know the direction we want to go in, because we've been here before."

So while the Gators may know the routine during their second consecutive trip to Tampa, the redundancy hasn't caused any signs of boredom.

Friday night, at the welcome dinner, players from both teams enjoyed more than 650 Outback steaks, 325 pounds of chicken breasts and 650 racks of ribs.

Saturday, the Gators also visited with patients at a local hospital and later attended the Lightning's game against the Bruins. Today, they are scheduled to go to Busch Gardens.


All but one player reported to Saturday's practice without any problems. Inclement weather forced DE Darrell Lee, from Kirkwood, Mo., to find another way to Tampa other than his cancelled flight.

The senior resorted to taking a bus, Zook said Saturday. Lee is expected to arrive in time for Sunday's 10:05 a.m. workout.

Last year, CB Keiwan Ratliff missed the first practice after being snowed in. The Ohio native was forced to take a flight to Atlanta, and then drive through the night to Tampa.


TB DeShawn Wynn may be pleased to be playing in this year's Outback Bowl. But that's not to say he didn't enjoy spending last season's pre-bowl festivities as a redshirt freshman.

Wynn said because of his status, he didn't have to report to the hotel for curfew with the rest of the team. Instead, redshirt freshmen are allowed to spend the night – and early morning – wherever they'd like.

"I didn't have to worry about anything," Wynn said. "I'd just hit the streets all night. I stayed up all night before the game. It was a lot of fun."

This year, however, that won't be the case for the third-string tailback. While Zook wouldn't say how late players will be allowed out, the curfew last year became tighter as the week progressed.


OT Jonathan Colon (back) practiced Saturday. Zook said the junior, who has missed most workouts since the game against Florida State, could potentially be ready to play in time for Thursday's game...Florida offensive coordinator Ed Zaunbrecher will coach against a familiar face this week. While on Michigan State's staff in 1993, Zaunbrecher coached with Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker for a season. "Besides being a good coach, he's one of the finest people I've met," said the Gators' assistant. While at Michigan State, Zaunbrecher served as the linebackers coach -- his only stint as a defensive assistant. ###

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