Gator News And World Report (09/01/04)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, September 1, 2004. Zook watching out for freshmen; Zook Focuses On MTSU, Not On Hurricane; Street survivors; City volleyball talent goes on display at the O-Dome; Storm may force officials to decide Thursday; Pressure on for McCray; 'Dogs out for revenge... again; Officials keeping an eye on Frances; Crowder will be an interested fan for Gators' opener and more...

Florida Gator Football

Zook watching out for freshmen
Florida coach Ron Zook doesn't know how the freshmen will react when they run onto Florida Field for the first time -- whether it's Saturday against Middle Tennessee State or next week against Eastern Michigan -- but he's cautioning them to at least watch where they're going.

Zook Focuses On MTSU, Not On Hurricane
Florida coach Ron Zook wondered aloud Sunday night if his mother would attend Saturday's season opener against Middle Tennessee State.

Street survivors
The nights were bad. In different neighborhoods in the Atlanta area, the two first cousins hated to see the sun go down.

Freshmen play part in Zook's plan
Linebacker Channing Crowder, it turns out, recruits as hard as he plays for the Florida Gators. And maybe just as convincingly.

Storm may force officials to decide Thursday
oaches usually avoid making predictions before games, but Ron Zook boldly offered one up at his weekly press conference Tuesday.

Pressure on for McCray
Former Florida defensive end Bobby McCray may have known something the rest of us didn't.

'Dogs out for revenge... again
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.

Running a fast break
Count to 14. Didn't take that long, did it? Now imagine a football team lining up and running a play every 14 seconds. ''That's the idea, to be ready to go within 10 to 14 seconds after the play is over,'' said Larry Fedora, who has taken over as the offensive coordinator at the University of Florida. Fedora's plan:

Officials keeping an eye on Frances
Florida does not plan to make any decisions until at least Thursday regarding the potential threat Hurricane Frances has placed on Saturday's home opener against Middle Tennessee, the university said Tuesday.

Crowder will be an interested fan for Gators' opener
Middle linebacker Channing Crowder doesn't plan to spend his one-game suspension sulking on the sideline during Saturday's season opener against Middle Tennessee State.

Hurricane prompts high schools to reschedule some games
Hurricane Frances has altered the start of the high school football season in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast and it could threaten Saturday's University of Florida opener and Monday night's FSU-Miami showdown at the Orange Bowl.

Mississippi State, which won only twice in 2003, beats Tulane at home, 12-9. Sylvester Croom, the SEC's first African-American head coach, is trying to become the first MSU coach since Darrell Royal to win more games at the school than he loses. That was only five decades ago.

Gators prepared for worst Saturday
Cory Bailey is already fielding calls from friends. Chris Leak's dad checked in Monday night to give him a heads up on the trek of Hurricane Frances, which is bearing down on the Sunshine State.

Florida Gator Volleyball

City volleyball talent goes on display at the O-Dome
Michelle Stalbaum first dreamed of playing volleyball in the O'Connell Center when she was a ball girl for the Florida Gators at age 12. For Marcie Hampton, it began when Florida coach Mary Wise first saw her in the third grade. And Taylor Williams always wanted to play collegiate volleyball in the O'Dome since before high school.

Ex-Gators team up against one-time coach
The cycle is nearly complete, as the pupil will stroll into town to take on the mentor tonight.

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