Gator News And World Report (1/9/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Sunday, January 9, 2005. Message saved: Lee must lead team from here; Gators make best of fresh start in conference play; Freshmen get 1st taste of SEC; On the road, Hogs get floored; Old acquaintances won't be forgotten on this day; NCAA pulls back schools' red carpet; UF's Lee responds and more...

Florida Gator Basketball

Message saved: Lee must lead team from here
There are a lot of weeks when it's good to be David Lee. This past week was not one of them.

Gators make best of fresh start in conference play
It can change so quickly. A week ago, Florida was lost without its leading scorer and at a loss to explain the lethargic play of its senior big man.

Freshmen get 1st taste of SEC
Florida's freshmen only heard stories about what to expect in Southeastern Conference play.

On the road, Hogs get floored
Arkansas was confident. The Razorbacks already had a big win at Missouri. And they were coming off a 23-point pasting of Ole Miss. So with the Gators playing without their leading scorer Saturday, Arkansas felt it had an excellent chance to win its first game at Florida since 1995.

UF's Lee responds
David Lee wasn't lying. He did get Florida coach Billy Donovan's message all right.

Lee Redeems Himself In Gators' Victory
He'd paid the penance for the worst game of his career by enduring film- session tongue-floggings and by pestering his coaches for extra morning workouts. He'd apologized to his teammates for his failure to rise when their leading scorer fell.

Lee answers for Gators
Florida forward David Lee gets it. He now understands why Coach Billy Donovan rode him harder for the past three days than he has for the past three years.

Lee leads UF upset
David Lee, who vowed to improve after being benched and criticized for how he played in a loss to FSU, roared back by lifting the Gators to a key win in their SEC opener.

Gators get just what they needed, a win
It was a bold move, given the week University of Florida senior David Lee had just endured.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Old acquaintances won't be forgotten on this day
Kerry Cremeans drove to Carolyn Peck's house last spring to deliver news that would shock Florida's women's basketball program.

Florida Gator Recruiting

SUPER 75 FOOTBALL TEAM: NCAA pulls back schools' red carpet
The recruiting stories are about to become more tame. Major college football programs competing for the nation's top prep prospects have for years devised ways to send their most coveted recruits home with a lasting impression.

2004 Times-Union Super 75
The top 75 senior football recruits among Florida High School athletes as selected by Times-Union sports writer Chase Goodbread (colleges listed in no particular order):

Primary needs: Linebacker, secondary, defensive line, wide receiver, running back. Main targets: S Avery Atkins (5-11, 185) of Daytona Beach Mainland; LB Darius Dewberry (6-4, 218) of Peach (Ga.) County; LB Eugene Hayes (6-1, 218) of Madison County; S Kenneth Phillips (6-2, 195) of Miami Carol City; WR Patrick Turner (6-5, 210) of Madison (Tenn.) Goodpasture.

Recruits' visits supposed to reflect regular college life
Because of the recruiting scandals that stained college football last year, A.J. Trump's official visit to the University of Miami in December was a no-frills affair.

Florida Gator Football

Meyer: Beginning behind
It's not often that Urban Meyer finds himself playing catch-up, but the game has changed during the past week.

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