Gator News And World Report (09/18/04)

The Gator News and World Report for Saturday, September 18, 2004. Rain or shine, Vols plan to run; Taylor unconcerned with personal stats; Vols hope home field actually counts for something; Fulmer Taking Gambles? Bet On It; Road rep put to test; Gator goalie posts shutout in debut; Florida outplays Clemson in Classic; No. 11 Florida at No. 13 Tennessee: 'Real season' begins for Gators, Vols; 3 things to watch; Tennessee mirrors what Florida did with Chris Leak last season and more...

Florida Gator Football

Rain or shine, Vols plan to run
Fulmer will try to establish ground game; Gators' Crowder says bring it on.

Vols hope home field actually counts for something
Maybe Tennessee fans should try doing the Gator Chomp instead of singing "Rocky Top."

No. 11 Florida at No. 13 Tennessee
KICKOFF: 8 p.m.; Neyland Stadium; Knoxville, Tenn.

Fulmer Taking Gambles? Bet On It
One coach believes he has stockpiled enough talent for his team to win. The other plans something wild and crazy, and he thinks it just might work.

It's early, but this is biggest game of year
It used to be this way - Florida vs. Tennessee was considered the SEC East championship game.

Road rep put to test
The us-against-the-world mentality is a popular one to take on the road in the hostile SEC. Nothing seems to steel a team more than the prospect of facing a hyped-up team stoked by a rabid crowd.

Gator QB knows he's his brother's keeper
Chris Leak lines up on the opposite side of brother C.J. tonight, but that won't break the bond between the two of them.

Uncertainty on the hill -- Rocky Top that is
If ever Florida Coach Ron Zook could empathize with Tennessee Coach Phil Fulmer, this would be the season. If ever he could appreciate his Tennessee counterpart's dilemma, this would be the moment.

No. 11 Florida at No. 13 Tennessee: 'Real season' begins for Gators, Vols
QUICK SLANT: Let the real season begin. Florida will open conference play with one of its toughest opponents.

3 things to watch
RUN FOR IT: With bad weather expected, the running attacks will play a key role in the outcome of this game. But the anticipated downpours aren't the only reason Tennessee must rely on its tailbacks. The Volunteers use two freshman quarterbacks, a factor that could cause Coach Phil Fulmer to get the ball in the hands of senior TB Cedric Houston and his mates as often as possible.

Tennessee mirrors what Florida did with Chris Leak last season.
A year ago, he was a freshman quarterback sharing possessions during his first Southeastern Conference game.

That tricky Vols team? That's all part of it
Ron Zook isn't rattled by tonight's return to "Rocky Top." Tennessee football was the driving force of his life 20 years ago as a Volunteers assistant, and Neyland Stadium was the site of his first major breakthrough as the rookie head coach of the Florida Gators in 2002.

Fulmer now super-visor of this series
Jonathan Wade showed up for an interview this week doing the Gator Chomp.

UF QB builds ill will at UT
In the opener, neither raindrops nor lightning strikes could do anything to derail Chris Leak's Heisman Trophy hopes.

UT vs. Florida: Who has the edge?
UT vs. Florida: Who has the edge?

UT's twin QBs ready to go rolling on the river
Somewhere up in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, the ol' head ball coach is probably proud of Phillip Fulmer.

UT QBs often measured by Gator game
Peyton Manning couldn't do it, and it cost him the Heisman Trophy.

Leak faces Vol-atile crowd
Quarterback's snub of Vols still has Tennessee backers seething as Florida arrives

It's Florida - Tennessee XXXIIII
It was a game Michael Munoz would rather forget. The problem is, no one will let him.

Florida is bigger, faster and stronger
In 12 of the last 14 Tennessee-Florida game, the team that has rushed for the most yards won the game. The only factor that seems to trump the running game is Tennessee playing at home. In 2002 and 2000, Tennessee controlled the ground but still lost two games in Neyland Stadium.

Good' Chris Has Chance To Deliver Tonight
Went to find the best college quarterback in the state last Friday. Stopped by the Miami- Florida State game.

Florida Gator Soccer

Gator goalie posts shutout in debut
It had been five years since Jen Gardner started a match at goalkeeper, way back during her junior year at Fort Myers High School.

Florida Gator Fred Taylor

Taylor unconcerned with personal stats
Running back Fred Taylor won't go into Sunday's game against Denver thinking about topping the 151-yard total that Kansas City's Priest Holmes rang up on the Broncos' run defense last week.

Florida Gator Volleyball

Florida outplays Clemson in Classic
Hurricane Ivan may have shortened this weekend's Hilton Volleyball Classic, but it didn't knock the Gators off their game.

#4 Florida Downs Clemson 3-0 in Volleyball Action Friday
Jane Collymore had 21 kills and led #4 Florida to a 3-0 (36-34, 30-20, 30-14) victory over Clemson on Friday evening at the O'Connell Center. With the win, Florida improved to 8-1 on the season while Clemson fell to 7-4.

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