Gator News And World Report (10/17/04)

The Gator News and World Report for Sunday, October 17, 2004. UF's 'Big Play Chad' strikes again; RB Wynn gets chance to shine; Gators Take It Easy, Just Not On MTSU; Stronger For Their Struggles; Gators accomplish what they needed; Fason defends Zook; Gators whip up a victory for Zook; Just the tonic; On Strange Day, Gators Have Fun; Gators get well against Blue Raiders; Fightin' Gators pick on little guy and more...

Florida Gator Football

Florida takes out frustration on MTSU
Ciatrick Fason knew the beating his coach was taking on the Internet, on sports talk radio, in the newspapers and on television, and he didn't like it.

UF's 'Big Play Chad' strikes again
A big day is almost expected when you're known as "Big Play Chad.

RB Wynn gets chance to shine
Florida coach Ron Zook had been waiting all season to see running back DeShawn Wynn play like he did on Saturday.

Gators Take It Easy, Just Not On MTSU
After a week in which the negative buzz Ron Zook so lovingly calls ``noise in the system'' reached a dull roar, all the University of Florida football team needed was a peaceful, quiet Saturday.

UF's Wynn Seizes His Opportunity
There he was, DeShawn Wynn, as the Kentucky game ended in a 20-3 Gators victory. Like the other players, the sophomore ran into the tunnel leading into the locker room.

Stronger For Their Struggles
Pressed for details about his middle-school years, University of Florida linebacker Travis Harris couldn't recall many.

Gators accomplish what they needed
When he woke up for another early game after a week filled with controversy, Florida receiver Chad Jackson felt kind of strange.

Frustrated Gators rout Blue Raiders
Want to know Ron Zook's best moment this past week?

Fason defends Zook
Florida tailback Ciatrick Fason said his coach doesn't deserve the flak he has been receiving from the media and Gators fans.

Gators ease their pain
The feeling was inevitable. This was going to hurt. Florida's fists were clenched. The frustrations were building. And somebody eventually would feel the pain.

UF defense bears down, puts pressure on passer
Since his arrival at Florida this summer, true freshman linebacker Brandon Siler has been consistently in Channing Crowder's shadow. He has been waiting patiently, learning from his sophomore mentor.

Despite empty seats, it's a sellout
Nearly 10,000 people must not have gotten the memo. That, or they just didn't care to show up.

UF team too cozy with campus cops
Running off at the typewriter . . .Is anybody else uncomfortable with the obviously intimate relationship between the Florida football team and the campus police department?

Wynn (3 TDs, 81 yards) steps out of shadow
Two running backs were expected to carry the load this season for the Florida Gators. One emerged as the face of the ground game as the other got a few touches here and there.

Gators whip up a victory for Zook
After a shocker vs. LSU, Florida razes Middle Tenn. St. for its embattled coach.

Gators whip up a victory for Zook
Sometimes even a tough-guy football coach like Ron Zook can use a hug. After Ciatrick Fason told Zook that Florida's players were behind their embattled and exhausted head coach earlier this week, Zook hugged his star running back. For a moment, a last-minute loss to LSU and headlines about a Zook run-in last month with members of a fraternity didn't seem so important.

Just the tonic
This was supposed to be the open date. Instead, it kind of turned into a vacant date.

On Strange Day, Gators Have Fun
This was supposed to be the open date. Instead, it kind of turned into a vacant date.

Gators get well against Blue Raiders
The hugging took place early in the week. The mugging came Saturday.

Fightin' Gators pick on little guy
It was supposed to be a week off. Instead Florida played what was scheduled to be its opener, sort of a preseason game against overmatched Middle Tennessee.

Gators put stop to trying week
On a perfect day for football - or anything else for that matter - the Florida Gators put a trying week behind them Saturday.

Just Wynn, baby
For an afternoon, the DeShawn Wynn of a season ago resurfaced for the Florida football team.

UF's playmakers show up
With all this speed and all this ability, the Florida Gators have no shortage of potential playmakers, guys who can come through in the clutch and make things happen and find ways to win games.

Cool reception
While attending Estero High in Fort Myers, Clint Marks saw several Gator games at Florida Field. When he returned Saturday as Middle Tennessee's redshirt sophomore quarterback, he was shocked by a quiet and empty atmosphere inside The Swamp.

A class reunion for some
hey may have been separated by 36 points, but there were definite school ties between Florida and Middle Tennessee State.

Zook to blame for late-game Florida flops
He'd never been a boss, so when Ron Zook was hired to replace big winner Steve Spurrier as University of Florida football coach, one mighty question kept pounding in my head.

Leak rebounds from iffy game
Florida quarterback Chris Leak watched 18 of his 33 passes fall to the ground during last week's three-point loss to LSU.

Sellout isn't really a sellout
The sunny weather and cool breeze weren't enough to draw a sellout crowd to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday.

Rout provides tonic for Gators' troubles
Under normal circumstances, a nonconference game in the middle of a season wouldn't be all that eventful for a Top 25 team. But Saturday was not normal circumstances for Florida. Dealing with its second conference loss, to LSU in the final 27 seconds Oct. 9, and the revelation of controversial conduct by coach Ron Zook, the No.22 Gators wanted to make a statement.

Defense heats up with six sacks
Since his arrival at Florida, true freshman linebacker Brandon Siler has consistently been in Channing Crowder's shadow. He's been patiently waiting, learning from his sophomore mentor.

Zook gets mom's support
The mother of one University of Florida football player said the relationship between the team and the school's fraternities is an issue that has been burning for years.

Jackson's 103 yards grab UF's attention
Florida followers have been wondering for weeks why Chad Jackson doesn't get more passes thrown his way, despite averaging 28.6 yards on nine catches going into Saturday's 52-16 win against Middle Tennessee.

Florida Gator Basketball

Gators find madness;
Basketball practices open in Gainesville, Tallahassee, albeit at different times

Florida festivities begin with Midnight Madness
Another early exit in the NCAA tournament last year, and the buzz surrounding Florida basketball was beginning to simmer heading into Midnight Madness.

Florida Gator Steve Spurrier

Spurrier (yes, that Spurrier) watches USF
TAMPA - It's the stuff rumors are made of, but Steve Spurrier was at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday only as a father.

Florida Gator Justin Hoyman

Hoyman working on curve in Indians' farm system
Justin Hoyman has spent the last month throwing changeups, and not much else. The former Cocoa High, Brevard Community College and University of Florida standout is playing in a fall instructional league and trying to gain confidence in the off-speed pitch.

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