Gator News And World Report (08/15/04)

The Gator News And World Report for Sunday, August 15, 2004. Duties get divided for special teams; Freshman safeties coming on strong; Zook puts limit on hitting in drills; Charley damages QB's family home; Hurricane Charley Distracts Madgett; Zook's Gators need to get home schooled; AP tolls eleventh hour for Florida; Zook demands special teams satisfaction; Gators set to break in a new secondary and more...

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Duties get divided for special teams
Without a formal special-teams coordinator, Florida Coach Ron Zook said his entire coaching staff has implemented a coaching-by-committee approach to the unit.

Freshman safeties coming on strong
Just when it seemed Florida's safeties might be facing some severe depth problems, two freshmen have offered a promising glimpse into what could eventually lead to immediate playing time.

Seminoles are best but have been better
This week we wrap up our position spotlights by looking at defensive backs.

Zook puts limit on hitting in drills
Florida coach Ron Zook is faced with the same question whenever his team switches to full pads during summer practices: How much contact is enough?

Poll voters see improved Gators on brink of top 10
National media members are predicting better days ahead for Florida coach Ron Zook and his program following back-to-back 8-5 seasons.

Charley damages QB's family home
For the first time since practice began, the weather didn't force Florida to change its practice schedule on Saturday. But that didn't mean there still wasn't some worry about Hurricane Charley.

Zook says UF's No.11 ranking means little now, but it's a "compliment."
Florida State coach Bobby Bowden smiled when he saw the Associated Press Top 25 poll on Saturday.

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Hurricane Charley Distracts Midgett
Florida redshirt freshman QB Justin Midgett ducked in and out of meetings Friday as Hurricane Charley ravaged his hometown of Punta Gorda.

Zook's Gators need to get home schooled
It's hardly old school, but it is now a part of the tradition at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The menacing theme from Jaws, the big screen alive with fierce alligators gliding through Florida swamps.

AP tolls eleventh hour for Florida
hether it's a preseason No. 10 ranking or a No. 11, it doesn't matter to Florida coach Ron Zook. He knows the Gators just might have a say in who finishes No. 1.

Thoughts go to family in Charley's path
Tailback Skyler Thornton and defensive tackle Marcus Thomas combined for the first scuffle of the preseason.

Zook demands special teams satisfaction
After being coached by committee in the spring, the Florida special teams now have a coordinator.

Colon says injuries are in past
Weather cancels media day, but not anything else in the first week of workouts.

Gators dodge rain showers, practice in pads
The approach of Hurricane Charley forced Florida to cancel its annual media day Friday, but did not the deter the Gators from getting their practice in. As they've done all week, the Gators managed to dodge rain showers by moving the start of practice up to 9 a.m.

Gators set to break in a new secondary
Florida lost all four of its 2003 starters, including All-American cornerback Keiwan Ratliff. Still, the Gators are optimistic.

UF's Leach kicking for higher standards
Perfect. That's Matt Leach's goal this season. If that sounds a bit lofty for a kicker, then consider Leach's real goal -- perfection inside the 40.

Time to Double Back
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: No coach in America will work harder than him.

Leak ready to lead Gators
Last year, Florida Gators quarterback Chris Leak was a revelation. As a true freshman, Leak set UF freshman records for most TD passes (16) and passing yards (2,167) while leading the Gators to a 6-3 record.

Midgett focuses on family value
Florida quarterback Justin Midgett could be forgiven if he didn't spend all his time focused on practice Friday.

Florida coaches impressed with play of freshmen
In just their first week of practice, S Kyle Jackson and S Tony Joiner have impressed coaches with their quick adjustments to the college game. During Saturday's morning workout, Jackson actually came up with the day's most impressive play.

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New look: Technical, tactical
The Gators are asking a pair of new midfielders for creative ways to replace last year's speed.

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3 Gators to compete at U.S. Amateur
The Florida men's golf team qualified three of its current players to compete in the 104th U.S. Amateur Championship that begins Monday in Mamaranek, N.Y.

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