Gator News And World Report (09/14/04)

The Gator News and World Report for Tuesday, September 14, 2004. Fason getting more carries than Wynn; Vols Shuffle Defensive Backfield Lineup; UF Football Practice Notes; Zook: Fason the featured tailback now; Gators receive 'big' commitment; No. 1 role 'earned' by Fason; UF secondary still developing; Leak vs. Leak QB duel won't happen after all; Davis expects to run the ball and more...

Florida Gator Football

Fason getting more carries than Wynn
Ciatrick Fason has earned praise -- and more carries -- from Florida coach Ron Zook for his hard work, but that doesn't mean DeShawn Wynn is in the doghouse.

Vols Shuffle Defensive Backfield Lineup
The least experienced secondary on the field at Neyland Stadium on Saturday may not belong to the University of Florida.

UF Football Practice Notes
Florida LB Brandon Siler isn't so sure Coach Ron Zook is correct.

UF Shorts
* The home team has lost four consecutive times in the Florida-Tennessee football series. The home team hasn't won since the Gators' 23-21 victory at Florida Field in 1999.

Zook: Fason the featured tailback now
Florida's rotating tailback system has been shelved. At least for now.

Intensity picks up as Vols prepare for Gators
As a freshman from Mississippi, defensive end Parys Haralson didn't know much about Tennessee's rivalry with Florida.

No. 1 role 'earned' by Fason
Hard work set the stage for Ciatrick Fason's 113-yard, two-touchdown performance against Eastern Michigan that ensured he's Florida's No. 1 back.

UF secondary still developing
The unit showed its inexperience in the opener and needs to improve quickly.

Talented freshmen to get reacquainted
Go figure. In January, Florida LB Brandon Siler was playing on the same high school all-star team as Tennessee QB Brent Schaeffer. If Siler has his way, though, the pair's next meeting will be in the Volunteers' backfield Saturday.

Leak vs. Leak QB duel won't happen after all
It was supposed to be a warm-up to the most-anticipated day of their football careers.

Davis expects to run the ball
Jabari Davis admits that there have been times this fall when he has felt lost in the shuffle.

Blitzing Gators' QB crucial for Vols
Jesse Mahelona is a neophyte to the Florida-Tennessee rivalry.

Gators gear up early for Vols
Florida will need a potent running attack to win Saturday's game at Tennessee.

Vols' X-man hoping to mark his spot vs. Gators
Chris Hannon has the size, the nickname, the 40-time and the feature receiver position.

first look at this week's games Tiebreaker at stake in playoff-caliber games
Welcome to the first round of the SEC playoffs on Saturday -- LSU at Auburn in the Western Division and Florida at Tennessee in the Eastern Division.

LB makes impressive debut against Eagles
When the Tennessee coaches break down the film from UF's first game of the season against Eastern Michigan, they will see glimpses of what they missed out on.

Gators' triple threat backfield falls in behind explosive leader
Before the season started, one reporter said running back Ciatrick Fason was going to be the next Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

Gators hope to slow Vols' glory return
After back-to-back seasons of 8-5 and 10-3, Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer can relate just a little bit to what Ron Zook and his Florida Gators are going through.

Vols notes
Tennessee's two-quarterback system with true freshmen Brent Schaeffer and Erik Ainge is here to stay.

Gators vs. Vols is still a very big deal
This Florida vs. Tennessee thing has always been big. But as the balance of power has shifted the past couple of years in the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division, some have suggested that maybe there's not that same do-or-die feel heading into Saturday night's showdown at Neyland Stadium.

UT season hinges on Florida outcome
During fall workouts, Tennessee star linebacker Kevin Burnett wore a t-shirt that proclaimed: "Not going back to the Peach Bowl."

Florida Gator Basketball

Gators receive 'big' commitment
Florida spent a good deal of time this recruiting season looking for a big man. They got a commitment from a big guy Monday. Big and wide, too.

N. Broward's Sutton commits to Florida
North Broward Prep's Jimmie Sutton was forced to postpone a trip to Gainesville because of the threat of Hurricane Frances, but after visiting the University of Florida this past weekend, the center has committed to play basketball for the Gators.

Florida ready to bury last season's demons
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 Gator Notebook

Tallahassee, then home
If the University of Florida kept a record for the longest period of time spent away from Gainesville on a road trip, the Gators' volleyball team might own it.

Florida Gator Volleyball

UF ready to face rivals
Rivalries are what make people watch sports. Sure, the pursuit of athletic achievements is a noble thing, but the idea of losing to a hated opponent can make a fan's skin crawl.

Volleyball Seminoles To Host Florida Tuesday
The Florida State volleyball team will get an early-season home test Tuesday, September 14, as it hosts fourth-ranked Florida at 7 p.m. at Tully Gymnasium. The instate archrivals will be meeting for the 47th time and the match will be shown live on Sunshine Network. The Gators will be the first Top 25 squad the Seminoles have battled this year.

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