Gator News And World Report (12/28/2004)

The Gator News and World Report for Tuesday, December 28, 2004. Berlin still haunts Gators; Gators crank it up again; Leak a study in UF history; Gators, 'Canes see rivalry renewed; UF's Harris says he's paid fine, arrest warrant dropped; Gators shrug off coaching distraction; Evans' Siler makes immediate impact; UF running back Fason a family man; Crowder weighs his NFL options; Gators itching to play; LB huddles with staff, family over draft call and more...

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Berlin still haunts Gators
It is chilly in the bowels of the Georgia Dome. It's even chiller for Brock Berlin, who is wearing ice bags on his elbow and shoulder. He is also fighting a cold.

Gators crank it up again
There has been much strangeness in this very unusual Florida football season, starting with the hurricanes back in September, followed by the storm surrounding Ron Zook and eventually ending with a big night in Tallahassee.

Leak a study in UF history
In his short but eventful stay in Gainesville, quarterback Chris Leak has gained an appreciation for the history of Florida football and has spent time reading up on it.

Gators, 'Canes see rivalry renewed
It was a rivalry that was once among the most heated in college football. It was a rivalry that took a hiatus of a dozen years.

UF's Harris says he's paid fine, arrest warrant dropped
Florida defensive end Steven Harris said on Monday he has paid the $258 he owed in fines and court costs stemming from two citations for driving with a suspended license, and said the warrant for his arrest has been dropped.

Gators shrug off coaching distraction
The old coach has moved out of his office. The new coach has yet to move in. And the interim coach, the one who has been left to face this role for the first time, will simply keep his space down the hall.

Evans' Siler makes immediate impact
Even while serving as a backup to LB Channing Crowder for most of the season, Brandon Siler still managed to grab the nation's attention with an impressive freshman season.

UF running back Fason a family man
There are times when it looks as though it is impossible to bring down Ciatrick Fason, Florida's slippery tailback who has bounced off myriad obstacles and run into the heart of Gator Nation.

UF notebook
Think this Peach Bowl game means a little extra to Florida offensive lineman Jonathan Colon? You remember Colon, the All-American from Miami Central High who first committed to the University of Miami, then changed his mind at the 12th hour and chose Florida.

Crowder weighs his NFL options
University of Florida sophomore linebacker Channing Crowder said he daydreams like any other football player.

Gators itching to play
When Florida's football team takes the field Friday against the University of Miami in the 2004 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl it will be more than 40 days since the Gators last played a football game.

LB huddles with staff, family over draft call
Channing Crowder expected to have 35 or 40 messages or missed calls on his cell phone Monday afternoon when he made it back to his locker after Florida's Peach Bowl practice at the Georgia Dome.

Canes' first day in Atlanta a rough one
The University of Miami football team arrived here Sunday for the Peach Bowl against Florida, but the Hurricanes' week of preparation began with a host of bad news.

UM notebook
Former University of Miami quarterback Jim Kelly has a message for anyone from the University of Florida who might have some scheduling clout.

LB McIntosh out for Peach Bowl
Miami will face Florida in the Peach Bowl without its top linebacker. Coach Larry Coker said outside linebacker Roger McIntosh, a junior who finished second on the team in tackles (111), will not play in the New Year's Eve game because of a hamstring injury he suffered last week and a lingering shoulder injury he has battled during the second half of the season.

Miami has discarded its bowl peach fuzz
It was Jan. 2, 1981, when the pipe-smoking, mustachioed man with the baritone voice and a philosophical bent did something totally out of character.

Florida's Harris pays fine to clear up warrant for his arrest
Florida sophomore defensive end Steven Harris has paid the $258 he owed in fines and court costs and the warrant for his arrest has been dropped, Harris said after Monday's practice for the New Year's Eve Peach Bowl against Miami.

Seniors playing for pride
Cory Bailey grew up in Miami, was recruited by Miami and has seen his team lose two tough games in 2002 and 2003 to his friends and rivals.

Student Of The Game
University of Florida receiver Chad Jackson thought his trip home to Hoover, Ala., last week would offer him a few days' escape from football.

Crowder Focused On 'Canes, Not NFL Draft
Florida LB Channing Crowder believes Friday's Peach Bowl against Miami will help NFL teams decide whether they might select him in the first round of April's draft.

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