Gator News And World Report (10/22/04)

The Gator News and World Report for Friday, October 22, 2004. Speed is a Small wonder; Offense in vogue for Florida; Gators Not Sympathetic Toward Mississippi State; Gators Two-Sport Star Gets His Baseball Fix; This all goes to show how rumors start; Sophomore receiver is earning props; Sleepy hospitality on the menu in Starkville; Work in progress shows life; Croom realizes patience is key; UF's McDonald won't start against Bulldogs and more...

Florida Gator Football

Speed is a Small wonder
The 40-yard dash time of Florida receiver is a secret, but Jacksonville native's production isn't.

Offense in vogue for Florida
GAINESVILLE -- When Florida made Larry Fedora the offensive coordinator, fans may have wondered how much the offense would actually change.

Gators Not Sympathetic Toward Mississippi State
GAINESVILLE - Florida players feel little sympathy for Mississippi State players, who are undergoing a painful rebuilding season.

Gators Two-Sport Star Gets His Baseball Fix
Florida TE Tate Casey's roommate wasn't home Monday, giving the true freshman an opportunity for baseball-watching nirvana.

This all goes to show how rumors start
It was during one of the hurricanes that a phone number flashed up on the screen for Rumor Control. "Why don't you call it," said my wife, "and see where Steve Spurrier is going to coach?"

Sophomore receiver is earning props
Each year, hundreds of athletes graduate high school and go to top athletic programs throughout the country.

Sleepy hospitality on the menu in Starkville
Vice Mayor Dr. Frank Davis has heard the reputation that his town is the sleepiest in the Southeastern Conference.

Work in progress shows life
This is clearly the Gators' most explosive offense in coach Ron Zook's three seasons at Florida.

Croom realizes patience is key
Sylvester Croom often talks about how someday -- 20 or 30 years from now -- he will be a question to an answer on Jeopardy.

MSU outlook not all doom for Croom
He didn't want to fill out the paperwork.Mississippi State Athletic Director Larry Templeton had more important issues to deal with than a couple of questions about whether his new football coach was black enough.

UF's McDonald won't start against Bulldogs
DT Ray McDonald will miss his second consecutive start against Mississippi State, Florida Coach Ron Zook said Thursday.

Glades Central's McDonald will sit out Miss. State game
For the second straight game, sophomore defensive tackle Ray McDonald will not start because of an ankle injury.

Crowder is Back to Make a Difference
With his corn rows tightly braided against his head, his blue Florida jersey hanging loose without pads under it, and a white towel around his neck, Channing Crowder watched vigilantly from the sidelines during Florida's 52-16 win over Middle Tennessee last Saturday.

Bulldogs, Gators remember Florida's last trip to Starkville
Mississippi State is looking for another landmark win against the ranked Florida Gators.

Veteran warns of fierce Bulldogs
As a fifth-year senior, Travis Harris is one of the few Florida players who has any idea where Starkville, Miss., is located.

Consultant: Firing Zook would be a Gators mistake
When the college football power rankings list Mississippi State as worse than Middle Tennessee State among the 117 Division-I teams, you know a prediction on the game is pointless.

Leak not looking past Bulldogs
Florida quarterback Chris Leak has ridden the track of his roller coaster season since a three-interception performance against Kentucky. And after a near-perfect showing against Middle Tennessee, he could be headed for a disappointing day in Starkville, Miss., if he follows his up-and-down trend.

Biography: Chris Leak
Quarterback 6-0 • 200 Sophomore Charlotte, N.C. Independence

Florida Gator Basketball

Trio nets preseason honors
Senior forward David Lee was asked what to make of being one of three Florida players named to the All-Southeastern Conference coaches first team.

Florida Gator Volleyball

No. 17 Tennessee presents test
It's being hailed as the biggest volleyball match ever hosted by Tennessee. And it very well could be.

Gators, Tennessee face off for SEC supremacy
This year's Tennessee team feels that it can be the group to put an end to the Gators' dominance in the Southeastern Conference.

Lady Vols try to end Florida's mastery
Tennessee has invested a lot of ambition and potentially a lot of money into a women's volleyball match.

Gamecock Volleyball Hosts Georgia and No. 8 Florida This Weekend
After going 3-1 on a four-match road stint, Gamecock volleyball returns home this weekend to host the Georgia Bulldogs (12-5, 8-0 SEC) and the No. 8 Florida Gators (16-2, 8-0). The Bulldogs and the Gators are undefeated in conference play so far this season and the Gamecocks will attempt to be the first to end the streaks. The Gamecocks and Bulldogs will meet Friday at 7 p.m. while USC takes on the Gators Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Both matches will be played at the Volleyball Competition Facility and can be heard live via the Internet on USC enters the weekend 11-6 and 4-4 in SEC play.

Florida Gator Soccer

Soccer Begins Long Weekend at Home Against No. 25 Florida
The LSU soccer team will take on the No. 25 Florida Gators at home Friday at 7 p.m. at the LSU Soccer Complex.

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