Gator News And World Report (10/15/04)

The Gator News and World Report for Friday, October 15, 2004. If it's midnight, it must be madness; Crowder a Butkus semifinalist; Suspensions To Affect UF Lineup; Crazy season doesn't explain these results; A different kind of class; Hill still climbing up depth chart; Gators pull a late shift; Need for speed new game plan; Freshman playing despite injury; Team on display for large crowd; Guthrie likely to be redshirted; Blue Raiders QB more impressive and more...

Florida Gator Football

Crowder a Butkus semifinalist
Florida's Channing Crowder and Virginia's Ahmad Brooks headline a list of 12 semifinalists named Thursday for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker.

Suspensions To Affect UF Lineup
With the opening-game suspensions of LB Channing Crowder, S Jarvis Herring and RB Skyler Thornton finally being served Saturday, Florida's lineup will look slightly different when the Gators face Middle Tennessee State.

Crazy season doesn't explain these results
We love the fact that college football is so unpredictable, but this is a season that has been as bizarre as any I can remember.

A different kind of class
You think it's bad sitting behind some tall stranger during a movie? Imagine trying to see your professor while seated behind 6'7" 367 pound Maurice Mitchell.

Hill still climbing up depth chart
His journey has been long and agonizing, and, at one point, very frightening. Finally, last Saturday night, it took him to where he's always wanted to go - Florida Field and a place on the Florida defensive line.

Guthrie likely to be redshirted
Freshman tight end Dane Guthrie, who was heavily recruited by Miami but chose to attend Florida, likely will be redshirted this season.

Blue Raiders QB more impressive
When secondary coach Dan Disch initially showed his players game footage of Middle Tennessee QB Clint Marks, everyone seemed impressed. That was more than a month ago.

Strong is anxious to pump up Gators' defense
Last time out, Florida's defense made stars out of a struggling senior quarterback and a reserve running back.

Webb is something special
Dee Webb didn't feel like celebrating his first career interception. The sophomore cornerback picked off a pass to set up a Florida touchdown last weekend against Louisiana State, but the Tigers ruined Webb's night by scoring in the final minute to beat the Gators 24-21.

Expect smaller crowd against MTSU
Hear those crickets. Yeah, I bet you do. That's the sound Coach Ron Zook and his players should fear because it could be the one in the Swamp on Saturday.

Gators' offensive line often overlooked
The sight would almost be amusing . . . if you weren't in the line of fire.

Gators get their work done
After granting his team a practice-free Monday, UF coach Ron Zook was faced with the task of playing catch-up throughout the week. With only today's walk-through remaining before the Gators face Middle Tennessee, it appears he has accomplished the task.

Florida Gator Basketball

If it's midnight, it must be madness
There have been coffins and costumes. Motorcycles and music. Lasers and light shows. Oh, yeah. Basketball, too.

Basketball practice begins with questions
Take the basketballs out of the closet. Dust off the sneakers. It's time for hoops, college-style, across the country. NCAA Division I Basketball practice begins at midnight for some, Saturday morning for others. What follows is a look at what area Division I teams need to answer before their seasons begin:

Gators pull a late shift
Florida junior center Adrian Moss can usually tell when Midnight Madness is around the corner.

FAU, UF start with Midnight Madness
Florida Atlantic and Florida will follow the "Midnight Madness" ritual of practice at precisely 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

Gators give fans first taste tonight
Even Florida men's basketball coach Billy Donovan isn't quite sure what kind of team he will have this season.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Need for speed new game plan
With Vanessa Hayden graduated, UF plans to run and run some more.

Florida Gator Soccer

Freshman playing despite injury
Jasmine Johnson seems to defy logic. Not because of her tireless playing style on the soccer field. Not because she scored a goal in her first match as a Gator. And it's not because she has provided a huge spark for the No. 23 Gators this season.

Florida Gator Volleyball

Team on display for large crowd
When the Southeastern Conference releases its conference volleyball schedule each year, Mary Wise quickly looks toward October.

Volleyball Heads to Florida for Rematch With No. 10 Gators
After defeating Auburn on the road last weekend, the LSU volleyball team remains on the road this week as the Tigers travel for a rematch with No. 10 Florida at the O'Connell Center on Friday at 8 p.m. (CT) as part of the Gator's "Midnight Madness" festivities.

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