Gator News And World Report (08/09/04)

Gator News and World Report for Monday, August 9, 2004. Football Practice Begins; Little Details Could Prove Vital to Success for Gators; Zook, Gators Finally Will Get To Talk About Football; Positivity, thy name is Zook; UF's Defense; A Preseason Report; Former Gator has international flair and more...

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The University of Florida begins fall practice today at 2:30 p.m. There are 26 days until the season opener against Middle Tennessee on Sept. 4. Here is a look at what we believe needs to happen, what we believe will happen, and some other issues with the Gators:

Gators camp to open under cloud of trouble
Practice starts Monday with several UF players dealing with legal issues.

Little Details Could Prove Vital to Success for Gators
With the first football practices of the 2004 season days away, the Florida Gators know what they need to do to get where they want to be this year.

Zook, Gators Finally Will Get To Talk About Football
It's finally time to follow the University of Florida football team on the field rather than in the courts.

Positivity, thy name is Zook
ime can travel quickly through a man's life, especially when he's going at his task with the intensity of a chain saw and the passion of an evangelist. So much has happened in the last 31 months of Ron Zook's existence, too much to chronicle in this space.

An untested cornerback corps means Florida will be relying on its fearsome front seven to start the season

Five key questions for Gators
The preseason coaches poll says the Gators are No. 10, but there are three teams ahead of them (Louisiana State, Georgia and Florida State) on the schedule. The Gators should be improved, but they will have to upset LSU or Georgia to have a chance to win the SEC East, and this year's FSU game is in Tallahassee.

Zook must produce early to stave off critics, save job
Florida is coming off consecutive 8-5 seasons, and Coach Ron Zook's third season is set up as a serious proving ground.

UF's Zook proves to be disciplinarian
I guess we owe Florida football Coach Ron Zook an apology.

Gators' RBs can't afford to be selfish
Craig James, one of the best college running backs of his generation, has some advice for Florida's Ciatrick Fason and DeShawn Wynn about sharing the football.

McCullough ready to make an impact
Last Nov. 1, Todd McCullough sat high in the end zone stands with other Florida fans and watched helplessly as the Gators upset Georgia, then celebrate their third straight win over a team ranked in the top 10.

Zook confindent young players will step up for Gators
At this time a year ago, the Florida Gators weren't certain they had enough defensive linemen and linebackers to get through preseason scrimmages, much less survive a rugged schedule. That fear, however, quickly vanished with the emergence of some talented young players, including three true freshmen.

Zook, Gators say expectations high
Florida is coming off consecutive 8-5 seasons, and coach Ron Zook's third season is set up as a serious proving ground.

Mangold's Gator future uncertain
When University of Florida players officially report today, the status of Merritt Island High recruit Michael Mangold may still be up in the air.

Florida Gator Chris DiMarco

Former Gator has international flair
Struggling Chris DiMarco falls into tie for lead at The International on Saturday.

Florida Gator Jeff Chandler

The former Florida kicker is one of three trying to make the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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