Gator News And World Report (10/07/04)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, October 7, 2004. DeClercq could miss 3-to-4 weeks recovering from knee surgery; Dallas' Gainesville breakout; Out To Get 'Em; Gators Look For Ways To Put Pressure On QB; Biography: Brandon Siler; SEC's weaklings are falling to lowly foes; Prize prospect in Ohio commits to play for UF; LSU looks far from champion; Family motivates UF's Fason and more...

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Dallas' Gainesville breakout
Baker was Gators' touchdown maker in victory over Arkansas.

Playmakers have UF offense rolling
Florida's offense is at the top, or pretty close, in most categories in the Southeastern Conference. The Gators are No.1 in passing, second in scoring, and third in total offense.

Out To Get 'Em
Today's edition of Know Your SEC Coaches features the University of Florida's Ron Zook and LSU's Nick Saban.

Gators Look For Ways To Put Pressure On QB
A quarterback lining up against Florida knows one thing: the equipment manager won't have to wash his jersey.

Biography: Brandon Siler
Linebacker Brandon Siler is one of only two true freshmen to play for the Gators in each game this season (TE Tate Casey is the other).

SEC's weaklings are falling to lowly foes
Remember how everyone used to make fun of the SEC for the lame non-conference foes that showed up on the early part of the schedule every season? Those directional schools and all that. Now, we're all laughing because league schools are actually losing to some of these lame teams.

Gators' scoring binge serves as inspiration for offense
Looking back on the 45-30 win over Arkansas, the main post-game theme has been Arkansas' remarkable comeback and Florida's difficulty closing the deal and perceived lack of a killer instinct.

Gators not underrated anymore
The Gators weren't expected to beat LSU a year ago, but Channing Crowder came back 10 days after knee surgery to give UF's defense life in an upset win against LSU.

LSU looks far from champion
A Bloody Mary won't help, and aspirin isn't strong enough. Besides, the busy schedule won't allow any time to sleep it off anyway.

Fason gives credit to his 'bodyguards'
There's no reason to tell Florida TB Ciatrick Fason about the progress of his offensive line this season. He knows better than anyone.

UF eyes LSU's stingy secondary
Recent weeks have seen the return of a wide-open Florida offense featuring a vertical passing game. The question now: Can the Gators continue this trend against one of the Southeastern Conference's stingiest secondaries?

Give David his due
The numbers are impressive. His 9,775 career passing yards are sixth in SEC history. His 729 completions are seventh best, as are his 9,571 yards of total offense. His interception to pass attempt ratio is the best ever for an SEC quarterback.

Butler's brother gives him a push
If Florida guard Lance Butler isn't at his best, he'll hear about it from his brother, Eric

LSU offensive line enduring growing pains
In terms of height and weight, it's pretty simple to measure what LSU had to replace on its offensive line before this season.

Coach Saban seeks spirited movie to help his Tigers against Gators
LSU coach Nick Saban has a problem. He needs to find a movie for his players to watch before they play the Gators. As foolish as it may seem, it's quite the serious problem. A Chris Leak spiral; a Channing Crowder mean streak – these are trivial issues when contrasted with Saban's dilemma. If the skipper doesn't cue in on a flick that clicks, his team may rip at the seams. No, Saban hasn't lost his mind; he's just trying to keep it.

LSU Notebook
All-American cornerback Corey Webster missed practice for the third consecutive day Wednesday with a hyper-extended knee and is questionable for Saturday's game at Florida.

Gators' passing game will face stiff test against LSU
Recent weeks have seen the return of a wide-open Florida offense featuring a prominent vertical passing game. The question now is, can the Gators continue this trend against one of SEC's stingiest secondaries?

Family motivates UF's Fason
There was little question that Florida junior tailback Ciatrick Fason would one day grow up to be a superstar football player. There were projections of greatness since the day stepped onto a high school field.

(24) L-S-U (3-2) At (12) Florida (3-1)
GAME NOTES: SEC cross-divisional rivals collide in Gainesville this Saturday when the 12th-ranked Florida Gators play host to the 24th-ranked LSU Tigers. What a difference a year makes, as Nick Saban's Tigers claimed the SEC crown and a share of the national title following the 2003 season, but are barely keeping their heads above water here in 2004, posting a 3-2 mark to this point.

Florida Gator Andrew DeClercq

DeClercq could miss 3-to-4 weeks recovering from knee surgery
Orlando Magic center Andrew DeClercq will likely miss 3-to-4 weeks while he recovers from his second knee surgery of the year.

Florida Gator Lady Gator Basketball

Prize prospect in Ohio commits to play for UF
fter an official visit to Florida's campus last weekend, Marshae Dotson had one regret during her flight home to Columbus, Ohio: She left without giving women's basketball coach Carolyn Peck a verbal commitment.

Florida Gator Volleyball

Georgia Volleyball Falls to No. 8 Florida in Four
Georgia extended a match against a top-10 opponent to four games for the third time this year but fell to No. 8 Florida 3-1 (30-22, 35-37, 30-24, 30-21) on Wednesday night at the Ramsey Center.

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