Gator News And World Report (12/30/2004)

The Gator News and World Report for Friday, December 30, 2004. Many happy exchanges; Rematch game just a rerun; Linebacker Siler earns a start; Fason's finale; Gators' 3 'D' gets them easy win; Where Berlin's Pass Meets His Past; Strong Has His Unit Flying To The Football; UF Gets Physical With 'Kats; Strong tabs Siler to start for Gators; Siler makes a sudden impact at linebacker; Peach Bowl: Berlin comes full circle with Gators and more...

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Many happy exchanges
Making it to a bowl game is a bonus for college football players, a chance to be on national TV one more time and to make a trip to a different city to enjoy its night life.

Linebacker Siler earns a start
Star linebacker Channing Crowder is healthy and ready to go, but will not be in the starting lineup for Florida in Friday night's Peach Bowl.

Fason's finale
Every day this week, Florida running back Ciatrick Fason has bused over to the Georgia Dome for practice. Each time he stepped off that bus he was reminded that the end of his college career was coming.

Where Berlin's Pass Meets His Past
The headline asked a loaded question. ``The next great one?'' screamed from a page in this very newspaper on Aug. 26, 2000. And it was a fair question. The clean-cut quarterback who shouted his University of Florida commitment to the heavens - he announced it at church - had a pedigree that suggested he would deliver the Gators a national title.

Strong Has His Unit Flying To The Football
It took Miami offensive coordinator Dan Werner to say what observers of Florida's program have speculated since Ron Zook's firing: The Gators' defensive improvement during their three-game winning streak came because coordinator Charlie Strong finally got to run the defense the way he wanted.

Strong tabs Siler to start for Gators
Florida LB Brandon Siler has been named the starter at middle linebacker instead of LB Channing Crowder for Friday's Peach Bowl, Coach Charlie Strong said Wednesday.

Siler makes a sudden impact at linebacker
Freshman Brandon Siler never expected his meteoric rise as a standout on UF's defense. 'It's all happened so fast,' he said.

UM coach blames Zook for Gators' defensive struggles
Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong dismisses the well-circulated notion that he ran Ron Zook's scheme in the past two seasons, two of the Gators' worst on defense in 25 years.

Peach Bowl: Berlin comes full circle with Gators
Brock Berlin hesitated, then decided to come clean. What the heck, he's not ashamed to admit it.

Gators hope to solve Miami mystique
At least in one sport, they thought they had them. Then Miami visitedGainesville in November and upset the Florida men's basketball team, 72-65, to knock the Gators out of the Top 25.

Florida Gator Basketball

Rematch game just a rerun
So much for rematches. By nearly the same score as its 2003 NCAA Tournament first-round win, Florida dispatched Sam Houston State 83-51 before 8,422 in a Wednesday matinee at the O'Connell Center.

Gators' 3 'D' gets them easy win
Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan knows how to beat Sam Houston State. It's no secret.

UF Gets Physical With 'Kats
Florida guard Matt Walsh couldn't really recall his team's last meeting with Sam Houston State.

Gators duo leads victory
It wasn't pretty. But for University of Florida coach Billy Donovan, it will do.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Florida 66, Boston U. 59
Forward Bernice Mosby scored 19 points and contributed seven rebounds Wednesday as Florida defeated Boston University 66-59 in the first round of the State Farm Classic.

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