Gator News And World Report (11/11/2004)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, November 11, 2004. Florida's Fason has numbers for SEC award; Mohawk Man turning UF heads; 3rd-down rate is first rate; Pair of area stars sign with UF; Baseball recruits are home-grown; Gators Linebackers Starting To Get Healthy Once Again; '79 Gators recall campaign much better forgetten; Specter of no bowl motivating Fason; Coaching uncertainty has made recruiting `a mess'and more...

Florida Gator Football

Florida's Fason has numbers for SEC award
Sometimes you can get provincial when you watch one team in person.

Mohawk Man turning UF heads
Tight end Casey wound up playing by a hair, and his hair is a story in itself.

3rd-down rate is first rate
Florida offensive coordinator Larry Fedora smiled when was asked earlier this season if a 50-percent success rate on third downs was too high of an expectation.

Vandy coach salutes Zook's efforts
Add Vanderbilt's Bobby Johnson to the growing list of SEC coaches who are somewhat dumbfounded by Florida's decision to fire Ron Zook in the middle of the season.

Gators Linebackers Starting To Get Healthy Once Again
GAINESVILLE - Florida's linebacker situation appeared much improved Wednesday, as injured Channing Crowder, Travis Harris and Todd McCullough went through limited drills.

'79 Gators recall campaign much better forgetten
GAINESVILLE -- The memories flow from Ward Pell's lips without a trace of hesitation. The details remain vivid. The misery remains unforgettable.

Specter of no bowl motivating Fason
They can sense the weight of a possible stigma burdening them for years to come.

Coaching uncertainty has made recruiting `a mess'
Knock, knock. Who's there? Everybody. Everybody who? Everybody except the University of Florida.

Zook feels distracting
Ron Zook isn't planning any "Win One for The Zooker" pre-game speeches or tear-filled farewells before or after his last game in The Swamp as Florida's head coach.

South Carolina at Florida
a. Newton's first law of motion – an object in motion stays in motion – Of course, if you know a little about physics, you know the rest of Newton's first law…"unless acted upon by another force".

Skip, Strong to meet again in Gainesville
COLUMBIAThere may be around 88,000 fans at Florida's Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday. But as he peers down at the Swamp from his perch in the coaches box, USC quarterbacks coach Skip Holtz will feel like he is back in the relative solitude of the Gamecocks' practice field.

Late Autin will be remembered at Senior Day
GAINESVILLE · Eraste Autin will be honored during Florida's Senior Day ceremony even though he never played for the Gators.

Holtz's future still cloudy
Lou Holtz walked into a staff meeting Wednesday morning and reminded his assistants that he still is USC's head coach. What Holtz continues to leave unsaid is how long he will remain in that capacity.

Holtz, Strong to renew battle
There figure to be upward of 88,000 fans at Florida's Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday. But as he peers down at the Swamp from his perch in the coaches' box, USC quarterbacks coach Skip Holtz will feel like he is back in the relative solitude of the Gamecocks' practice field.

For UF's Parker, every day a struggle
If anybody can stand as a poster child for the 2004 Florida football team, it's senior defensive tackle Kenny Parker.

Young secondary starting to step it up
After weeks of struggling to effectively stop opposing teams' passing attacks, the Florida secondary may finally be finding its grove.

Florida Gator Steve Spurrier

Spurrier wants 'college job'
Steve Spurrier is making it clear: he wants to return to the college ranks.

Louie, Louie...when you gonna go now?
More importantly — is Steve Spurrier waiting in the wings for South Carolina?

Florida Gator Basketball

As expected, three players sign with UF on first day
All three players who promised to sign letters of intent with the Florida men's basketball team following through Wednesday, the first day of early signing period.

Pair of area stars sign with UF
It has been 15 years since a Jacksonville high school basketball player signed a scholarship to play at Florida, but the city added two to that list on Wednesday.

In-state prospects sign on
Florida officially added three more players to its basketball program, giving its roster more of an in-state feel.

Donovan Stays In Florida For 3 Signees
GAINESVILLE - University of Florida men's basketball coach Billy Donovan loves to recruit in-state players - even though his recent rosters suggest otherwise.

Florida Gator Baseball

Baseball recruits are home-grown
Florida baseball coach Pat McMahon has stuck to his promise.

Florida Gator Volleyball

Gators' 14th straight title is in sight
Florida closes its regular season this weekend against South Carolina and 2nd-place Tennessee.

Georgia Volleyball Falls to Florida 3-0
A double-double by Julia Petruschke and 17 kills by Alexandra Oquendo was not enough for the Georgia volleyball team on Wednesday night as the Bulldogs fell to eighth-ranked Florida 3-0 at the O'Connell Center.

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