Gator News And World Report (11/18/2004)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, November 18, 2004. UF's new tight end sensation is picking up where Ben Troupe left off; Zook credits QB coach for helping Leak; Florida, FSU still feel heat of rivalry; Will the real David Lee please stand up? Namesakes to meet; Backup Guard Doesn't Play Reserve Role Off The Court; No joke, Gators don't like Doak; Fearless tight end 'doesn't know any better'; Spurrier headed to South Carolina, announcement next week and more...

Florida Gator Football

UF's new tight end sensation is picking up where Ben Troupe left off
When it came to recruiting a certain tight end from Texas last fall, Florida's timing could not have been better.

Zook credits QB coach for helping Leak
The Gators are hopeful that Channing Crowder will play at least part of the FSU game.

FSU looks to keep BCS hopes alive
Wyatt Sexton got a firsthand look last week at Florida, taking in the Gators' win over South Carolina last Saturday while visiting friends on the Gainesville campus

Florida, FSU still feel heat of rivalry
The Florida-Florida State football game may not have much national pizzazz, but there's plenty of emotion surrounding Saturday's annual matchup.

Playing the name game
Bobby Bowden cemented his place as one of college football's greatest coaches some time ago. Saturday, his name will be permanently affixed within the confines of the brick stadium where he forged his career as the all-time NCAA Division I wins leader.

Center Castillo doubtful for Gator game
Center David Castillo played most of last season with a broken foot and most of this season with a serious chest injury.

Safety Jackson shows his big-play potential
Before last week's game against South Carolina, no Gator had grabbed two interceptions in a game this season.

Gators Expect To Keep Emotions In Check
Florida players said they have no plans for a repeat of the melee that punctuated the end of last year's loss to Florida State.

Florida-Florida State still a mighty rivalry
Last November, exhilaration gave way to nastiness. To celebrate their thrilling comeback victory against Florida at Florida Field, Florida State players converged on the giant "F" at midfield and jumped and danced.

No joke, Gators don't like Doak
Florida defensive end Derrick Harvey has facial hair. He weighs 235 pounds and stands 6 feet 6.

Linebacking corps should be healthy
Florida's late-season influx of injuries appears to be showing signs of a recovery, Coach Ron Zook said Wednesday.

Hard to Tally a victory at FSU
The Gators have not won at Doak Campbell Stadium since 1986, and the Seminoles have no intention of letting their archrivals end that streak.

UF playing an end game
Unheralded Tate Casey is putting the tight end position back in the Gators' offense.

Fearless tight end 'doesn't know any better'
Tate Casey doesn't know any better. Never has, really. He didn't have time.

Gator coaches preaching calm
Last season's Florida-Florida State game stands out for the Gators and their fans for one reason. It wasn't the loss, but rather a barrage of questionable officiating calls that went against the orange and blue.

Crowder pays respect to Zook
Channing Crowder was a senior in high school the first time he met Ron Zook, a visit that left an indelible impression.

Gators in our midst
Some things just seem immutable. Water is wet, the sky is blue, this is a Seminole town.

'Noles secondary braces for Gators
Bryant McFadden has been strictly a spectator to the friendly competition among Florida State defensive backs for most interceptions.

Florida defensive unit matures
Florida coach Ron Zook has started to notice the mild differences that fire up any head coach in the last couple of weeks.

South Carolina

Holtz rumors color rivalry with Clemson
While rumors swirl that Lou Holtz will step down at South Carolina next week and be replaced by Steve Spurrier, Holtz continues to try to keep his team's focus on Saturday's game with arch-rival Clemson, a team that embarrassed the Gamecocks 63-17 last season in Columbia.

Florida Gator Basketball

Will the real David Lee please stand up? Namesakes to meet
Florida coach Billy Donovan asked David Lee to be something he wasn't during the 2003-2004 basketball season.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Backup Guard Doesn't Play Reserve Role Off The Court
Carolyn Peck had moved around so much the past few years that she had forgotten to register to vote.

UF Women At A Glance
RECORD: 19-11 (8-6 in Southeastern Conference, fourth place)COACH: Carolyn Peck (28-30 in two years; 85-41 in four years overall) ASSISTANTS: Jose Mori, Michael Peck, Charlene Thomas-Swinson

Urban Meyer

Meyer still refutes rumor mill
Urban Meyer continues to refute reports that he'll be the next head football coach at Florida. "There's been no contact and I really don't anticipate any," Meyer said after practice Wednesday. "I'm certainly not looking for a job. I love where I'm coaching."

Florida Gator Steve Spurrier

Spurrier's Ghost Still Haunts Gainesville
Just another Florida-Florida State week. Everybody asking the same questions. Can the Gators end their endless losing streak in Tallahassee?

Spurrier headed to South Carolina, announcement next week
The ol' head ball coach is on his way back to the Southeastern Conference — just not where everyone expected.

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