Gator News And World Report (08/31/04)

The Gator News and World Report for Tuesday, August 31, 2004. Assistants remember long day; Freshman LB Siler to start ... maybe; For Gators, Memories Of Autin Still Are Sharp; Duda wants to show disability won't keep him from performing; QB returns, another cut from roster; Off to Starkville; No big deal for Fason; MTSU champing for UF and more...

Florida Gator Football

Assistants remember long day
UF's Fedora, Wickline were on the wrong end of a 55-0 rout during the 2000 season.

Freshman LB Siler to start ... maybe
Freshman linebacker Brandon Siler will likely start Saturday against Middle Tennessee State in place of Channing Crowder, who is suspended due to an off-the-field altercation that occurred during the summer.

For Gators, Memories Of Autin Still Are Sharp
Every time he walks through the gate at the University of Florida practice field, Lance Butler lays a hand on the monument to the left of the entrance.

Zook plans to use four at tailback
Florida coach Ron Zook isn't certain yet how the Gators will work their tailback rotation Saturday night in the Swamp, but he is hoping to send lots of strong, fresh legs against the Middle Tennessee State defense.

Off to Starkville
With the upcoming season approaching, takes you inside all 11 Gator football games. From key matchups to x-factors, gives you the details on the Gators and all their opponents.

No big deal for Fason
Ciatrick Fason will be the University of Florida's starting tailback in the season opener Saturday in the Swamp against Middle Tennessee State, but Fason isn't exactly popping champagne bottles or throwing a party.

Colon's experience means a lot to line
He doesn't claim to be the leader of Florida's offensive line. OT Jonathan Colon admits, despite his senior status, he isn't the vocal motivator among the Gators' offense, either.

Middle Tennessee no easy schedule-balancer
If he has to make some sacrifices to help balance the books, that's part of the job of the football coach at Middle Tennessee.

MTSU champing for UF
Middle Tennessee is determined not to be the Southeastern Conference's tuneup team.

MTSU at Florida, 6:00 PM ET
Why to watch: There are few teams better at destroying vastly inferior non-conference opponents than Florida and this should be a statistical showcase for star-in-the-making QB Chris Leak

Gator assistants to face ex-team
When Larry Fedora got the call, he was at the college coaches' convention in San Antonio in January 2002.

Zook hints at fill-ins for suspended linebacker
After he hinted last week that suspended All-Southeastern Conference linebacker Channing Crowder would be replaced by true freshman Brandon Siler for the Gators' game against Middle Tennessee State, UF coach Ron Zook added another name to the possible list of fill-ins.

Zook deciding which freshmen will play
Florida coach Ron Zook likely won't play a flood of true freshmen like the Gators did a year ago in the season opener on Saturday against Middle Tennessee. But several players will get an opportunity.

Florida Gators In The NFL

QB returns, another cut from roster
The NFL news on Monday was better for one former Florida quarterback than it was for another.

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Duda wants to show disability won't keep him from performing
Shifting his body weight with his arms, Florida graduate student Eric Duda shuffled in a sitting position across a racquetball court at the campus recreation center.

Florida Gator Basketball

Freshmen make good impression
It's early. But through one week of practices, the freshmen have made a favorable impression on Florida coach Billy Donovan.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Gators to carry home-court edge
Carolyn Peck felt like fans following Florida's women's basketball team last season were only able to read about the teams' success, not actually see it.

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