Gator News And World Report (08/29/04)

The Gator News and World Report for Sunday, August 29, 2004. Standing out in a Crowder; Florida's focus turns to Middle Tennessee; Gators' best first-round picks; Freshman Linebacker May Start Opener; Dickey a chart climber at QB; Brown stands tall at cornerback; McMillan makes strides on D-line; Bucs' Atkins recommits to Gators; Freshmen Siler, Estopinan impress; Baker gets it, thanks to Uncle Wes (Chandler); Fason, Wynn share ball, spotlight and more...

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Standing out in a Crowder
Gators' athletic, physical linebacker has 'a lot of things you don't coach.'

Florida's focus turns to Middle Tennessee
Florida's preseason practice concluded Saturday with a final walk-through, and coach Ron Zook said he's ready to play.

Gators' best first-round picks
A look at Florida's top-five NFL success stories -- and a not-so-successful story, too:

Freshman Linebacker May Start Opener
Florida coach Ron Zook has said since national signing day that he expects freshman LBs Brandon Siler and Javier Estopinan to contribute early, but he probably didn't think he'd be relying on one to start the season opener.

Dickey a chart climber at QB
Gavin Dickey could be the first quarterback off the bench if needed.

Bluegrass comes to Gainesville
With the upcoming season approaching, takes you inside all 11 Gator football games

No joke: Gators need top receiver
A week before the season starts, UF coach Ron Zook quipped with reporters about the lack of a 'go-to guy' in the inconsistent receiving corps.

Brown stands tall at cornerback
He's been doubted before, so you can save your breath.

McMillan makes strides on D-line
DT Clint McMillan, a former Oviedo High standout, continues to quietly claw himself into the mix of an already talented defensive line. The redshirt freshman, who missed last season because of knee surgery, made tremendous progress through the Gators' preseason camp, which concluded Saturday.

Bucs' Atkins recommits to Gators
If the news sounds repetitive, it is. Mainland star DB/RB Avery Atkins says he is committed to Florida. He said that once before, and it was printed. Then he was quoted as saying he was leaning toward LSU. So his name was removed from the Gators' growing list of commitments.

Freshmen Siler, Estopinan impress
From the first day of preseason practices, Coach Ron Zook said he liked what he saw from true freshman LB Brandon Siler. Zook remained cautious of over-hyping Siler, a former Orlando Evans High standout, but his optimism was clear: Siler has what it takes to make an immediate impact.

Freshman could fill in at linebacker
While a lot can change during a week of practice for Florida coach Ron Zook, he said Channing Crowder's replacement for next Saturday's opener could be freshman Brandon Siler.

Baker gets it, thanks to Uncle Wes (Chandler)
When Wes Chandler offers some wide-receiver advice, you don't want to miss it — especially if you play for the University of Florida.



Zook points out team's progression
If Ron Zook were to grade the Florida Gators' preseason, they'd likely get an A.

Fason, Wynn share ball, spotlight
The Gators running backs, who provide a 1-2 punch, are close off the field despite different personalities.

UF now stands for United Florida
Most of Steve Spurrier's final recruits have departed, leaving a team solidly behind the man who assembled it, Ron Zook.

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Kellgren's goal a Gator winner
Florida's ‘Miss Clutch', Ashley Kellgren, lifts the Gators past Dayton, 3-2.

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