Gator News And World Report (1/15/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Saturday, January 15, 2005. Portland (Tenn.) trail blazer; Ex-Gator Kearse lived up to his big contract; Meet the staffers; UF's 'baby' playing big; UF's Abukar gone to San Diego St.; UF freshman makes anxious return to home state; Florida standout O'Hara considering Herd, Gators; Brewer Gets Back To His Roots and more...

Florida Gator Basketball

Portland (Tenn.) trail blazer
Just off Highway 52, past the strawberry fields, before the First Oak Baptist Church and the new Ponderosa Steakhouse downtown, Portland High School sprouts like a concrete mountain, out of place amidst the farmlands.

UF's 'baby' playing big
Florida freshman center Al Horford has laid the challenge at his father's feet countless times.

UF's Abukar gone to San Diego St.
Sophomore forward Mohamed Abukar has transferred from Florida to San Diego State and will be eligible to play for the Aztecs in December 2005.

UF freshman makes anxious return to home state
It really wasn't anything personal. Corey Brewer just fell in love with Florida and its coach, Billy Donovan.

Brewer Gets Back To His Roots
But for those who sang country songs, the favorite sons of Portland, Tenn., had to leave the Volunteer State to pursue their dreams.

Florida Gator Football

Ex-Gator Kearse lived up to his big contract
No matter where he lines up, Jevon Kearse pressures quarterbacks, chases down running backs and disrupts offenses.

Meet the staffers
They have had about as much contact with the Florida players as they have with their families and know the nooks of their hotel rooms better than the crannies of The Swamp.

Florida standout O'Hara considering Herd, Gators
It's a sign of the times in Marshall football recruiting. Paul O'Hara is among Florida's most sought-after prospects. The 6-foot, 220-pound running back blends power and speed, rushing for more than 4,500 yards in his Dixie County High School career.

Florida Gator Notes

Baseball's new steroid rules lack muscle
So baseball is implementing a new and tougher policy to combat the use of steroids and restore the faith of its fans.

Florida Gator Gymnastics

Tigers gymnastics team edges Florida
It was difficult to say what was worse for the LSU gymnastics team -- their stumbling start to the season or spending the week under the withering glare of coach D-D Breaux.

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