Gator News And World Report (08/24/04)

The Gator News and World Report for Tuesday, August 24, 2004. Taylor to miss Friday exhibition; UF schedule opens with JU game; Gainesville native finds home at CB; Talented Options Surround Florida QB Leak; Ingram's Transition Date In Question; Doctors looking at Lewis' status; Non-conference schedule has Gators in state; UF's work in rain praised and more...

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Gainesville native finds home at CB
Florida junior cornerback Vernell Brown grew up in Gainesville and starred in both football and basketball at Gainesville High School, but only now is he finally feeling at home.

Talented Options Surround Florida QB Leak
Now that Chris Leak has captured Sports Illustrated's attention as the preseason No. 4 on its Heisman watch, it's time to answer some difficult questions.

Ingram's Transition Date In Question
Florida men's basketball coach Billy Donovan said Monday that he and football coach Ron Zook had agreed that 6-foot-4 freshman QB Cornelius Ingram would report for the first day of basketball practice Oct. 15.

Doctors looking at Lewis' status
Florida sophomore wide receiver Reggie Lewis underwent yet another test at Shands at the University of Florida on Monday as doctors continue to be baffled by why he became overexerted in practice last Wednesday and had to be hospitalized for three nights.

Ingram's situation remains uncertain
The only clear aspect of freshman QB Cornelius Ingram's two-sport career at Florida is this: It doesn't seem to be very clear.

Finding a comfort zone on defense
After being defined by a mistake for going on two years, Florida junior Vernell Brown is in position to finally turn the page.

UF's work in rain praised
Ron Zook spent the last half of Monday's practice getting drenched by the rain. But the Florida coach actually looked at the downpour as a good learning experience.

Florida Gator Fred Taylor

Taylor to miss Friday exhibition
A sprained foot will cause Fred Taylor to miss the Jaguars' preseason game Friday night against Green Bay and possibly the final exhibition contest next week at New England.

Florida Gator Basketball

UF schedule opens with JU game
Trips to Jacksonville and to Miami for a neutral-site matchup against coach Billy Donovan's alma mater highlight Florida's 2004-2005 basketball schedule, which was released on Monday.

Time to practice goal of this trip
Billy wouldn't bite. I tried. Even though my eligibility is up and my left knee sometimes balloons to the size of John Madden's head, I had to give it a shot.

Non-conference schedule has Gators in state
Florida coach Billy Donovan made his mark as a player at Providence, where as a senior starting point guard, he led the Friars to their last Final Four appearance in 1987.

Homecourt advantage for Gators
The Florida men's basketball team will play away from home just twice in the first two months of the 2004-05 season.

Practice begins for UF
Who says you can't practice until Oct. 15? Taking advantage of a NCAA rule which allows teams to travel internationally once every four years, Billy Donovan gathered up the UF men's basketball team on Monday for an early season tune-up - more than a month before Oct. 15, the first day of official NCAA practices.

Gators to get a visit from UM
A non-conference showdown with the head coach's alma mater, a rare visit from the Miami Hurricanes and a game against a team coached by the star recruit's dad highlight Florida's 2004-05 men's basketball schedule.

Florida Gators In The Olympics

Gold-medalist Lochte surprised by crowds
Ryan Lochte was tired. After traveling 26 hours, through four cities, Lochte finally landed at Gainesville Regional Airport late Monday night expecting to be welcomed home by a few close friends.

Florida Gator Notebook

Peck lands recruits
Carolyn Peck is making her strongest recruiting charge since becoming Florida's women's basketball coach two seasons ago.

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