Gator News And World Report (09/11/04)

The Gator News and World Report for Saturday, September 11, 2004. This is a special Saturday Game Day edition. Eagles' option: Sherrell; While Watching Gators Offense, Don't Blink; Restless Gators wonder: Are we there yet?; Tunnel vision; Freeman scores twice to lead Florida past FSU; Wait weighs on UF; Gators can't wait to play; Rested Gators anxious to open against EMU and more...

Florida Gator Football

Eagles' option: Sherrell
Eastern Michigan runner tries to extend 100-yard streak today vs. Gators.

While Watching Gators Offense, Don't Blink
GAINESVILLE - The referee just blew his whistle. In about the time it takes to read this paragraph, the University of Florida offense will run another play. If not, first-year offensive coordinator Larry Fedora could get very, very angry.

Eastern Michigan at Florida
KICKOFF: 1 p.m.; Florida Field, Gainesville RECORDS: Florida 0-0, Eastern Michigan 1-0 TV/RADIO: Pay-per- view; WDAE, 620 AM

Restless Gators wonder: Are we there yet?
The sound you may have heard early in the wee hours of this morning wasn't another tree falling or a chain saw buzzing.

Tunnel vision
Finally, after two hurricanes, a postponed game and maybe the longest offseason in school history, it's time to tee it up and play football again.

Wait weighs on UF
Its first game delayed by Hurricane Frances, No. 11 Florida will open its season this afternoon against Eastern Michigan.

Gators set to begin unenviable grind
GAINESVILLE -- It started with a speech. Long before the hurricanes hit, before Florida's game against Middle Tennessee State was postponed to Oct. 16, Florida Coach Ron Zook stood in front of his players with a message.

Gators can't wait to play
The nicest thing Florida center Mike Degory can say about season-opening foe Eastern Michigan is nothing at all.

Gators ask fans to come earlier
Because of hazardous road conditions in various parts of Alachua County in the wake of Hurricane Frances, Florida is encouraging fans to arrive early.

Rested Gators anxious to open against EMU
When Florida Coach Ron Zook urged his players to divert their attention from football before beginning preparation for Saturday's game against Eastern Michigan, the plea had nothing to do with the Gators being heavy favorites.

ACC spotlight eclipses SEC dominance in Florida
Brace yourself, Florida. Our state is under siege. The shifting winds have picked up, and the storm surge can be felt from Fort Lauderdale to Fort Walton Beach.

Gators finally to play
Cory Bailey figured he'd seen it all in his five Septembers around the Florida football program.

Gators finally get to hit the field
After an added week of preparation because of Hurricane Frances, Larry Fedora makes his debut as UF's offensive coordinator. You can expect to see a more fast-paced, no-huddle system.

Goofing on wrong week and weak team
Although it's only the second full weekend of the college football season, it's not too early for a review.

Florida is pressing to find an identity
You've got another 10 weeks or so to question the Florida Gators' toughness, commitment and competitive drive before they get the chance to reshape public opinion with some basketball that counts. But you can't doubt their intelligence. Having failed to handle the Manhattan Jaspers the last time we saw Florida, the Gators prudently chose to avoid a confrontation with Hurricane Frances.

Florida (0-0) at Tennessee (1-0)
TV CBS: Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (commentary) and Tracy Wolfson (sideline reports)

Florida Gator Soccer

Freeman scores twice to lead Florida past FSU
Senior Stephanie Freeman scored twice during a soggy second half as the No. 11 Gators (4-1) beat No. 6 Florida State (3-1) 2-1 Friday evening in front of a Seminole Soccer Complex crowd of 1,018.

No. 6 Gators Comeback With Two Goals To Hand No. 3 FSU Its First Loss
Ratliff scores in her third straight game and Gallegos records her fourth straight assist.

Florida Gator Volleyball

Engel digs No. 4 Gators' comeback over N. Iowa
unior libero Rachel Engel came within one dig of the school record, while junior outside hitter Jane Collymore posted her fourth straight double-double and set a career high in kills as No. 4 Florida rebounded from a game one loss to defeat Northern Iowa 3-1 (26-30, 30-20, 30-11, 30-25) in the Diet Coke Classic on Friday.

Florida vs. Northern Iowa (Diet Coke Classic)
Summary: Florida (6-0) moved to 2-0 in the Diet Coke Classic with a four-game victory over Nortern Iowa (3-2) by scores of 26-30, 30-20, 30-11, 30-25 on Friday, Sept. 10 at the Sports Pavilion. The Panthers are now 0-1 in the Diet Coke Classic.

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