Gator News And World Report (11/04/04)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, November 4, 2004. A fresh start; Crowder's foot in new cast; Milestones within reach for Fason; UF leads league in penalty yards; UF's Freeman Named SEC's Top Soccer Player; Injury creates chances; Siler a mix of sweet, sour; UF legend Smith saw change coming; Goalposts and Gators: Vandy primed for upset; UF ready for first exhibition game; Players hold heads high; Opener displays young talent and more...

Florida Gator Football

A fresh start
hen Brandon Siler first arrived on campus this summer, the talk was he could be the next Channing Crowder at Florida.

Crowder's foot in new cast
Star middle linebacker Channing Crowder has strained tendons in his right foot and was in a fresh cast Wednesday after he'd been re-evaluated by team doctors. The sophomore has been ruled out of Saturday's game against Vanderbilt and there's no timetable for his return.

Milestones within reach for Fason
Florida coach Ron Zook says that Ciatrick Fason is one of the best running backs ever to play at Florida. And with a big game against Vanderbilt on Saturday, Fason would have the statistics to back up his coach's boast.

UF leads league in penalty yards
Add too many penalties to the list of Florida's problems in 2004.

LB Crowder Will Miss Game Vs. Vanderbilt
Members of Florida's medical staff cut off LB Channing Crowder's cast Wednesday, and then put a new one on.

Injury creates chances
He has played in only three games, and has made just two tackles -- and both of those were in the season opener against Eastern Michigan.

Siler a mix of sweet, sour
From opposite ends of the high school, a football coach and a drama teacher each has stories about the school's former star. They brag about his focus. They boast about his poise.

Crowder, Wynn both out this week
Florida's worst fears were squashed Wednesday, but its short-term optimism was dashed as well.

UF legend Smith saw change coming
He lives on the other side of the country, but the greatest Florida Gator of them all could see it was time for a coaching change at his alma mater.

Cutler plans to avoid '03 repeat
Jay Cutler would rather forget his previous performance with a memorable new one.

Goalposts and Gators: Vandy primed for upset
OK Vanderbilt, here's your chance. It's homecoming weekend on your campus and in comes opportunity, also known as Florida, knocking loudly at your door.

Smith not jumping on the Spurrier bandwagon
While there's a vocal majority that wants to see Steve Spurrier rehired at Florida, one of the Gators' former greats isn't hopping on the bandwagon.

Players hold heads high
It might as well be considered the expletive of sports. No athlete wants the "Q" word escaping his lips. Few teams are willing to hurl a Q-bomb in public. Yes, "quit" is that ugly of a word; a word capable of dooming seasons, cursing coaches and tarnishing players.

Florida (4-4) At Vanderbilt (2-6)
GAME NOTES: In jeopardy of being left out of the postseason bowl picture altogether, the Florida Gators face a must win game against the Vanderbilt Commodores this weekend. Florida has yet to win a game outside

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Intensity marks return to court
Bernice Mosby has noticed one marked difference during Florida's preseason practices. The workouts are very spirited and intense.

UF ready for first exhibition game
After weeks of conditioning drills, running and intrasquad scrimmages, the UF women's basketball team will finally look across the court and see unfamiliar faces.

Florida Gator Soccer

Gators set goal for tournament
The season hasn't played out exactly the way Florida's soccer team envisioned. There have been a couple heartbreaking losses, some frustrating ties.

UF's Freeman Named SEC's Top Soccer Player
Florida midfielder Stephanie Freeman, a former Countryside High standout, won her second SEC soccer player of the year award.

Florida Gator Basketball

Opener displays young talent
For what the Gators' blowout of NCAA Division II Florida Southern was worth, it did showcase the intensity of UF's freshmen.

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