Gator News And World Report (08/13/04)

The Gator News and World Report for Friday, August 13, 2004. Gator is goofy about animation; Many hats for Whitaker; Preview show to blitz airwaves; Midgett, Dickey Battle For No. 2 QB Spot; The Shadow knows if he'll coach again; Busting for breakout year; Midgett making big move at No. 2; Midgett looks sharp as backup QB and more...

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Gator is goofy about animation
Easygoing, 270-pound defensive end Cohen loves his Disney movies.

Many hats for Whitaker
His passes were on target, and they had pretty good zip.

Preview show to blitz airwaves
A third college football preview show will air on Saturday mornings when Bubba Burger Blitz debuts on Fox Sports Net Florida featuring local radio personality Frank Frangie and three former All-America and NFL players.

Midgett, Dickey Battle For No. 2 QB Spot
The competition for Florida's No. 2 quarterback position might not be settled soon, but Gators coach Ron Zook likes the progress of the competitors.

Midgett making big move at No. 2
A year ago at this time, the storyline in preseason practice was the unsettled quarterback situation, where four candidates were vying for a wide-open job. Now, with the starter clearly established, the only potential news at the position right now is who will end up backing up sophomore Chris Leak.

Midgett looks sharp as backup QB
It's still way too early to name a leader in the battle for the backup quarterback position, but one thing is obvious four days into practice: Redshirt freshman Justin Midgett has made great strides in the year he's been at Florida.

Battle for QB backup at UF
Let the quarterback battle begin.

Stellar tackles look to anchor defense
With a secondary lacking experience and a linebackers unit lacking depth, the defensive line has managed to escape a similar share of criticism as Florida prepares for the season's start.

Crowder may play football during curfew
Court documents were filed Thursday to modify Florida star linebacker Channing Crowder's court-ordered 6 p.m. curfew so he can play football, a member of the Alachua County court services department said.

Nebraska, Notre Dame, Florida struggle for success
With his fate entangled among the accomplishments of the past and the promise of the future, Ron Zook stays faithful to one promise he made when he got his job:

Smiley Anders for Friday
Two Sugars, please: Despite the attempt to have my Fearless Football Forecast for LSU done by a GENUINE JACKSON SQUARE PSYCHIC on Thursday, many readers (two's many, isn't it?) asked me to bring my own unique insight to the prediction process. So, here it goes:

Degory quietly leads Gators offense
Florida coach Ron Zook calls him "Grizzly," some of his teammates call him "Mountain Man," and at the Southeastern Conference media days last month one reporter pointed out that he resembled former NFL crazy guy John Matuszak.

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The Shadow knows if he'll coach again
The Shadow sits in his car watching through his windshield the young football players pitching and catching on the field.

Florida Gator Travis Taylor

Busting for breakout year
This could be the year that Travis Taylor fulfills the expectations that come with being the 10th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft.

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