Gator News And World Report (09/17/04)

The Gator News and World Report for Friday, September 17, 2004. Shanahan at home in NFL; Same old song for Tennessee; It's not hard to generate strong feelings; Vols Going With 2 QBs Vs. Gators; How UF kicks could affect the weekend picks; Double feature; Ingram will miss trip to Rocky Top; Schaeffer given starting QB nod; UF race relocated; Aggressive start goal for Gators; Florida's plan not set in stone; Gators embrace road tolls; Productive visits to Tennessee and more...

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Same old song for Tennessee
Most oft-repeated song needs a rest or a change. We have a Volunteer

Shanahan at home in NFL
If Jeremy Foley had been a bit more persuasive that hectic day in January of 2002, Mike Shanahan might be getting ready to face the Tennessee Volunteers instead of the Jaguars this weekend.

It's not hard to generate strong feelings
Two teams who don't really like each other are playing on Saturday. Each has given the other a demoralizing loss in the last five years. Each has been an almost annual contender for the national championship. Each has gone into the other's stadium and won. There are some hard feelings among some of the players.

Vols Going With 2 QBs Vs. Gators
As Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer announced a starting quarterback of sorts Thursday in Knoxville, Tenn., Florida coach Ron Zook made emergency plans for his signal callers as the teams prepare to face one another Saturday at Neyland Stadium.

How UF kicks could affect the weekend picks
e came into the game a shaky kicker. He left it with a new confidence.

Double feature
The respective game plans for these two gifted and much-talked about true freshmen Tennessee quarterbacks are diametrically opposed.

Ingram will miss trip to Rocky Top
Florida coach Ron Zook said that true freshman quarterback Cornelius Ingram will not make the trip to Knoxville with the rest of the team today for Saturday's game against Tennessee.

Schaeffer given starting QB nod
Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer confirmed the Vols plan to start Brent Schaeffer at quarterback and Cedric Houston at tailback, the same backfield lineup the Vols started for the UNLV game.

Running nonstop
Unhappy with his lack of playing time, Ciatrick Fason walked into Ron Zook's office the week of the LSU game last season to quit. His mind was made up. He was leaving.

Schaeffer finds fit with Vols
Deerfield Beach graduate Brent Schaeffer had a turbulent high school career, but has already made history as Tennessee's starting QB.

Gators embrace road tolls
For the time being, Florida defensive tackle Kenny Parker welcomes the statistic. Ask him next season, though, and he'll certainly have changed his mind.

Ivan's influence awaits in Knoxville
As Tennessee continues to hold firm its plans for an 8 p.m. kickoff Saturday, a Knoxville meteorologist said the most detrimental effects of Hurricane Ivan likely will be an extremely wet field.

Productive visits to Tennessee
A look at Florida's past five games in Knoxville: 2002: UF, 30-13. Ron Zook got the first big victory of his UF coaching career as the 10th-ranked Gators pounded the fourth-ranked Vols in the rain. The Gators were helped greatly by the Vols fumbling seven times in the first half, including four by QB Casey Clausen. The Gators recovered three of the fumbles.

Spurrier specter looms for Zook if Gators falter
If Ron Zook struggles again this season, how many want the University of Florida to rehire Steve Spurrier?

Vols' Fulmer fights expectations
The opening was there for Phillip Fulmer. Steve Spurrier, the man Tennessee fans called Darth Visor, had bolted to the NFL.

Hefney to face old foe Leak in first start at UT
Tennessee freshman cornerback Jonathan Hefney will be making his first start tomorrow for the Vols.

Healthy line playing at full strength now for Vols
Phillip Fulmer can laugh about it now, but the conversation rarely has been a cause to smile over the past few years.

Leak family showdown looks like it won't happen
C.J. Leak left spring practice as Tennessee's No. 1 quarterback, and a showdown with younger brother Chris appeared to be in the making when the Vols played Florida. But like much of C.J. Leak's college

Gators say they thrive on buzz, boos at UT
Gather more than 100,000 mostly hostile fans, put them in a giant stadium on the river, bring in the national television crews and the stadium's bright lights and what have you got?

Gators have a plan: stop the run and fluster Vols' freshmen QBs
Tennessee's two freshmen quarterbacks have the ability to make Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong nervous. However, a steady Gators pass rush could ease that condition.

Florida at Tennessee- The road team has won the last four games in this rivalry. This game has developed into being the tone setter for each team every season. If the Vols win with freshman quarterbacks Brent Schaeffer and Erik Ainge play well in the their first truly huge game, then the Vols should come away with the win. But Chris Leak and the Gators are hoping to turn things around from their back to back five loss seasons. After watching Georgia struggle last week, the winner of this game has to feel they have a pretty good shot of ending the Dawgs two year reign atop the SEC East. This game will definitely be played with as much emotion as any game on this day.

UF seeks to prove contender status
Now it's for real. Sure, UF's season-opening victory against Eastern Michigan counts as a win on the record.

Gators end really cooking
O.J. Small is the only wide receiver in the country who might take offense if someone called him a burner.

Pressure on Cohen, Mincey
Tennessee's two true freshmen quarterbacks have the ability to make Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong nervous. However, a steady Gators pass rush could calm those nerves.

Bates, others didn't wait until Halloween to haunt Vols
If anyone can understand the emotions that Florida quarterback Chris Leak will be feeling when he makes his first start against Tennessee Saturday night, it's James Bates.

Tennessee's freshman QBs make good first impression
When does a college quarterback know he's arrived? Is it when history is made? When Tennessee quarterback Brent Schaeffer started in the Vols' 42-17 win against UNLV two weeks ago, he became the first true freshman quarterback to start in a Tennessee season opener. Schaeffer also became the first Southeastern Conference freshman quarterback to start an opener in 59 years. (In 1945, Georgia quarterback John Rauch was the first freshman in league history to start.)

Florida Gator Cross Country

UF race relocated
The Gator Invitational Cross Country Meet scheduled for Saturday morning at the University of Florida Golf Course has been relocated.

Florida Gator Soccer

Aggressive start goal for Gators
Florida hopes the team's first home game since late August will bring up the energy level.

Florida Gator Volleyball

Florida's plan not set in stone
uch like a football team using two quarterbacks, Gators volleyball coach Mary Wise has implemented a two-setter rotation this season for Florida.

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