Gator News And World Report (1/4/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Tuesday, January 4, 2005. 2004 was not kind to Gator sports teams; Gators back to work without Walsh; Gators'Walsh confident of return for SEC opener; UF's Meyer visits area recruits and more...

Florida Gator Football

UF's Meyer visits area recruits
Florida coach Urban Meyer is wasting no time hitting the recruiting trail in the state.

SEC recruiting update
The Gators are trying to hold onto Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland defensive back Avery Atkins, who is wavering on his commitment. The four-star athlete, who is ranked as the nation's 67th best overall player, will visit Florida State this week and still could end up at Michigan or Miami (Fla.).

Florida Gator Sports

2004 was not kind to Gator sports teams
The year starts, strangely enough, on the first of January and ends when a guy with a keg for a stomach and breath that smells like burnt Velcro and sour olives signing a slurred version of "Auld Lang Syne" as he leans over to give your wife or girlfriend a smooch.

UF Shorts
UF students return to class today for the spring semester. Joining them will be Eddie Haupt, an offensive lineman who graduated from Merritt Island High early to participate in spring practice.

Florida Gator Basketball

Gators back to work without Walsh
His left ankle, secured in a boot cast, didn't hurt as much as it did Monday. But his feelings did.

Gators'Walsh confident of return for SEC opener
ankle injury that kept Florida junior guard Matt Walsh out of Sunday's loss to Florida State may keep him out for Saturday's Southeastern Conference opener as well.

Walsh's ankle concerns Florida as Gators enter SEC play
Matt Walsh's left ankle is in a boot. How long he stays in it could determine just how much danger Florida is in of having it's entire basketball season get the boot.

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