Gator News And World Report (08/10/04)

The Gator News And World Report for Tuesday, August 10, 2004. Cool Hand Leak good fit for coach; UF's Small trying to shake 'possession' label; McCullough excited to be back in pads; Eagles defensive end Jevon Kearse day-to-day with ankle injury; Arrests Thin Ranks At Florida; It's a good thing confidence fills duo on island; Early starters; Hawthorne receiver ineligible to play at UF; Volleyball team preseason No. 4 and more...

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Cool Hand Leak good fit for coach
If you're Ron Zook, with an impatient Gator nation wondering when you can deliver that Southeastern Conference championship that remains a benchmark for success, there's no greater comfort than seeing No. 12 under center.

UF's Small trying to shake 'possession' label
Senior receiver looking to show he has the speed to scare defenses.

McCullough excited to be back in pads
Todd McCullough wasn't dreading the start of preseason practice like some players do. The Gators linebacker couldn't wait.

Arrests Thin Ranks At Florida
GAINESVILLE-The University of Florida football team's off-field troubles could have a serious on-field effect come Sept. 4.

It's a good thing confidence fills duo on island
They filed through the entrance, past the plaque that honors the late Eraste Autin and down the cement walkway. A quick hello to Uncle Bud Fernandez, the keeper of the gate, and onto the practice field, their place of work where dreams are sculptured.

Early starters
If the first day is any indication of things to come, maybe Ron Zook is going to be making all the right moves this season.

Hawthorne receiver ineligible to play at UF
Quarterback Gavin Dickey is getting some work in as a punt returner.

Preseason practice starts early
Ron Zook made his first official coaching decision of the season early Monday morning after taking a peek at the Weather Channel and seeing a large mass of thunderstorms brewing in the Gulf of Mexico.

Zook already adjusting
The Gators are already running the option.

Fedora's new hat should fit just fine
The paintball hit his knuckle before he ever saw the shooter.

Zook pleased to see players back on field
For at least one day, Florida Coach Ron Zook only needed to worry about a few potential thunderstorms.

Linebackers' issues don't worry coach
The optimism common during the first day of football practice comes easier to some.

No Rain: Zook, Gators Feel Positive
If the first day is any indication of things to come, maybe Ron Zook is going to be making all the right moves this season.

Sarasota's Leach on Groza list
A year ago, Florida football fans weren't sure Sarasota's Matt Leach had what it takes to be the Gators' place-kicker.

Zook, Gators adjust to weather
Ron Zook arrived early Monday morning at his Florida Field office, took one peek at The Weather Channel and decided to move up practice 41/2 hours to make sure the team could get in its workouts.

Florida Gator Jevon Kearse

Eagles defensive end Jevon Kearse day-to-day with ankle injury;
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Jevon Kearse sprained his left ankle Monday but didn't consider the injury to be serious.

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Volleyball team preseason No. 4
Mary Wise knew it was coming. After last year's national runner-up finish, Florida's volleyball coach expected some preseason praise.

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