Gator News And World Report (09/29/04)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, September 29, 2004. Florida's Fason easy to miss but hard to overlook; Third-down success sparks UF; Fason got style from school of hard knocks; Players Treating Hogs With Plenty Of Respect; Fason Given Offensive Honor By Conference; Florida offense seeking closure; Time comes, Fason responds; Arkansas' Jones thrives as a running QB and more...

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Florida's Fason easy to miss but hard to overlook
Ciatrick Fason is easy to miss but hard to overlook. Florida's junior tailback is enjoying a breakout season, delivering on the promise he has flashed through trying times. His 210-yard performance in Saturday's win over Kentucky was one of the best in Gators history, and he now leads in the Southeastern Conference in rushing.

Third-down success sparks UF
Zook says emphasis on keeping drives alive has paid dividends in '04.

Fason got style from school of hard knocks
Ciatrick Fason's 210-yard game against Kentucky last Saturday is all because of former Florida linebacker Bam Hardmon.

Players Treating Hogs With Plenty Of Respect
Florida players and coaches have been careful to heap praise on Arkansas this week, and with good reason.

Fason Given Offensive Honor By Conference
Florida TB Ciatrick Fason was named Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his 210- yard rushing performance Saturday against Kentucky, but even Fason wasn't entirely happy. His 31 carries came at the expense of a friend.``This is kind of what I wanted, but it kind of wasn't,'' Fason said Saturday. ``DeShawn [Wynn] didn't get his opportunity.''

Florida offense seeking closure
UF easily moved the ball throughout its 20-3 victory over Kentucky but didn't blow out the Wildcats because of several missed chances near the goal line.

Time comes, Fason responds
With a teal Ricky Williams jersey draped over his body, Florida tailback Ciatrick Fason had a grin stretched across his face.

Bailey gets to face high school friend
Had it worked out the way S Cory Bailey initially planned, the senior might have never ended up playing football for Florida. This week, he'll be reminded why.

Zook quick to defend kicker Leach's efforts
As K Matt Leach attempts to find a groove after a sluggish start to the season, Coach Ron Zook jumped to the senior's defense Monday. When Zook was asked if he thought the kicker is in a slump (Leach has made just 2 of 5 attempts in three games), the coach snapped at the question.

Pressure comes with every kick
As a fellow kicker, Tennessee's James Wilhoit barely could watch Alexis Serna coming unglued on national TV. Of course, he couldn't turn away, either.

Young defense is systematically getting better
It may have come against an overmatched opponent and an erratic quarterback, but last week's defensive effort by Florida against Kentucky was a starting point.

Arkansas' Jones thrives as a running QB
Arkansas quarterback Matt Jones could have ended up never taking a snap at the college level.

QB will keep UF on its toes
He is different. Tall and gangly with a rocket for an arm and different gears in his feet.

Wynn OK with his status
Only so many carries to go around with Ciatrick Fason dominating play.

Arkansas vs. Florida
. Hunting is a statewide passion – Living in the state of Arkansas, you'd better learn how to use a gun. Hunting is a way of life, but even on the football field, the gun has meant as much, and more, to the beloved Razorback football team.

Razorbacks rally around Jones
Arkansas coach Houston Nutt leaves no question about his feelings when it comes to Razorbacks senior quarterback Matt Jones

Gators track new secondary's progress
One year removed from replacing its entire front seven, Florida opened this season with four new starters in its secondary and one promise from coach Ron Zook: The defense would improve as the season progressed.

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Women's basketball lands guard for '05
The verbal commitments continue to roll in for Florida women's basketball coach Carolyn Peck

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Colleges sure to pursue Spurrier again
The answer is out there. He's keeping a low profile, because talking about his past or his future would serve no purpose. But very soon, some of this nation's leading universities will be lining up to make their pitches, convinced that an investment in Steve Spurrier would be big money well spent.

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