Gator News And World Report (12/16/2004)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, December 16, 2004. Gators' Fason opts for NFL; Gators try to focus on mental aspects; Collymore named an All-American and more...

Florida Gator Football

Gators' Fason opts for NFL
Tailback Ciatrick Fason will follow his breakout year at Florida by breaking away to the NFL a year early.

Fason skipping school for NFL
Ciatrick Fason wanted to play football at Florida so much, he cried the first time he walked out onto Florida Field.

UF's Fason Declares For NFL Draft
Ciatrick Fason said the chance to win a ring might keep him at the University of Florida for his senior season.

Fason will skip senior year at UF
With a wife and two children to support, Florida tailback Ciatrick Fason has decided to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL rather than returning to the Gators for his senior season.

Gators' Fason to go pro
Tailback Ciatrick Fason, who is expected to be drafted in the first or second round, said family concerns swayed his decision to leave.

Fason opts for NFL
A wife, two children and nearly 1,200 rushing yards ultimately added up to an easy decision for University of Florida junior running back Ciatrick Fason, who declared himself eligible Wednesday for April's NFL Draft.

UM gets serious about preparation
Miami Coach Larry Coker said his Hurricanes (8-3) need to shake off the disappointment of failing to win the Atlantic Coast Conference championship and get on with preparing to face Florida (7-4) in the Peach Bowl on New Year's Eve.

UM looking for a peachy ending to '04
The name of the bowl the Hurricanes will begin preparing for today is extremely fitting, as the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl presents an opportunity for players and coaches to pick up the pieces from the disappointing end to a disappointing 8-3 season.

Florida Gator Basketball

Gators try to focus on mental aspects
How do you change a split-second decision? If Florida coach Billy Donovan had the answer, maybe senior forward David Lee would have driven to the basket instead of lofting a 3-pointer in the closing seconds. Maybe Matt Walsh would have made a proper cut that would have allowed Adrian Moss to get him the ball at the top of the key without the pass getting intercepted.

Florida Gator Volleyball

Collymore named an All-American
Florida junior outside hitter Jane Collymore has been honored again. The 2004 SEC volleyball player of the year was named a third-team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association Wednesday.

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