Gator News And World Report (08/20/04)

The Gator News and World Report for Friday, August 20, 2004. Two from area sign with UF; WR Lewis remains in hospital; Leak, Crowder Appear On Preseason Lists; No. 1 ranking elusive to SEC teams since '01; For now, Mangold works with LBs and more...

Florida Gator Football

Backup QB? Punt returner? Or both?
Gators' Gavin Dickey doesn't know what his role on the team will be.

WR Lewis remains in hospital
Florida wide receiver Reggie Lewis remained in the hospital Thursday night after leaving Wednesday's morning practice early.

Leak, Crowder Appear On Preseason Lists
Florida QB Chris Leak and LB Channing Crowder may be sophomores, but they have attracted national attention. Each player was named Thursday to the preseason watch list for a major national award.

No. 1 ranking elusive to SEC teams since '01
It's likely a ways down the road, but if Florida's football program can reach the top ranking in the AP poll for a total of 11 weeks and Alabama stays down, Gator fans will be able to boast.

Lewis spends another night in hospital
Sophomore Florida wide receiver Reggie Lewis spent a second night in the hospital Thursday, but is expected to be released today after undergoing one more test at Shands at the University of Florida, UF coach Ron Zook said.

'Professor' Zook plays nickname game with Gators
Just call him Hot Tamale. Really, he doesn't mind. If he did, he wouldn't have had the nickname tattooed onto his right bicep.

Injuries let Manson show off his ability
As each of Florida's three top tailbacks continue nursing injuries (none extremely serious), running backs coach Mike Lockskley has managed to spin the situation into somewhat of a benefit for the unit. The potential setback has actually allowed true freshman TB Markus Manson time to gain valuable repetitions.

For now, Mangold works with LBs
For one freshman, playing catch-up will be a way of life, at least through two-a-days

UF wide receiver is a wide-open competition
With the battle for the receiver positions heating up, the players competing realize every practice is important to prove what they can do.

Checkers(R) Announces Official Burger Sponsorship of Gators
Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. (Nasdaq: CHKR - News), the nation's largest double drive-thru chain, today announced multi-year

Florida Gator Baseball

Two from area sign with UF
The Florida Gators baseball program has added commitments from two more area pitchers, Bartram Trail's Jared Langlois and Arlington Country Day's Mike Allen.

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