Gator News And World Report (10/18/04)

The Gator News and World Report for Sunday, October 18, 2004. Zook very aware of Gators' wear and tear; Zook's Message: Have Fun; Gators regroup, return to SEC play; No. 23 Florida looks for answers after scoreless tie; No. 10 Gators rebound from Razorbacks' run; Gators hope for hot streak; It's a little Florida flashback for Lito; Gators set minds on relaxing, having fun; Hung joins Gators for Madness; Gators' Siler in good company at linebacker and more...

Florida Gator Football

Zook very aware of Gators' wear and tear
Hurricane eliminated Florida's bye, and coach says players will take it easy this week.

Zook's Message: Have Fun
As a game that could affect his team's destiny played on Ron Zook's television Saturday night, Florida's coach clicked off his set and went to sleep.

Gators regroup, return to SEC play
Heading back into SEC play this week, Florida's focus is going to be on Florida. Not on Tennessee. Not on Georgia. Not on anyone or anything else.

Focus is on SEC
Perhaps it was a nice break from reality. There were few flaws in Florida's 52-16 victory against Middle Tennessee State on Saturday. But the Gators don't usually play a team of Middle Tennessee's caliber in the middle of a season -- an anomaly produced by Hurricane Frances.

UF's offense gets back on track
Florida used its rescheduled game against Middle Tennessee to roll 52-16 and rebound from last week's loss to LSU. The announced attendance of 80,018 was the lowest in more than 10 years and the game had zero conference implications. But by posting their highest point total of their season, the Gators gained some momentum. QB Chris Leak was 17-of-22 for 316 yards and three scores, and five Gators scored TDs.

Gators hope for hot streak
It's that time of year again for coach Ron Zook. A 4-2 start has left Florida with little margin for error in mid-October and done nothing to silence murmurs about Zook's job security.

Oh, Gators just wanna have fun
Sometimes in the pressure-filled world of big-time college athletics, the quest to win championships and satisfy fans and boosters overshadows a simple notion: playing for the love of the game.

Gators set minds on relaxing, having fun
Florida coach Ron Zook sounded a little bit more like a cheerleader and a little less like a gruff coach Sunday when he explained his attitude coming into Saturday's 52-16 win against Middle Tennessee in a non-conference game.

Football adopts a focused approach for the season's remainder
It wasn't convenient. It wasn't scheduled. It wasn't seen by very many people. Somehow though, Saturday's pasting of Middle Tennessee State is exactly what the UF football program needed. It was a game that had disastrous potential, and the Gators handled it like it was just another week. Except it wasn't.

Zook says Gators just need to relax
Florida coach Ron Zook sounded a little bit more like a cheerleader and a little less like a gruff coach on Sunday when he explained his attitude coming into Saturday's 52-16 win against Middle Tennessee in a non-conference game.

Gators' Siler in good company at linebacker
The University of Florida's Brandon Siler has some good mentors who have taken the freshman linebacker under their wings.

Florida Gator Soccer

No. 23 Florida looks for answers after scoreless tie
The Florida women's soccer team played its longest game of the year Sunday but came away empty-handed.

Rebel Soccer Team Blanks No. 12 Florida in Scoreless Tie
Ole Miss and 12th-ranked Florida battled into double overtime for the third straight meeting, and the defenses answered the call in a 0-0 stalemate Sunday on the soccer pitch. Rebel goalkeeper Ann Shelton notched her second shutout of the weekend.

Florida Gator Volleyball

No. 10 Gators rebound from Razorbacks' run
Despite wins that are coming in bunches, this continues to be the most challenging Southeastern Conference seasons for Mary Wise and Florida in nearly a decade.

Florida Gator Lito Sheppard

Sheppard makes good on prediction
Sprinting down the left sideline, carrying the Carolina Panthers' third turnover of the day in his arm and looking for his first NFL score, Lito Sheppard had to slow to cruising speed momentarily to make sure h''d make it all the way to the end zone.


During his college days at the University of Florida, Lito Sheppard was known as a big-play threat. Late in the third quarter, Sheppard picked off a Jake Delhomme pass and as he made his way down the field he must have felt like he was back in The Swamp, bringing one to the house for the Gators.

Florida Gator Basketball

Hung joins Gators for Madness
Gators basketball fans experienced showtime at the O'Connell Center on Friday night at UF's annual Midnight Madness.

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