Gator News And World Report (3/9/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, March 9, 2005. Roberson, Lee honored; Peck gets word from top player; UF's Jeroloman included on Johnny Bench Award watch list; James Vargas wins co-SEC Golfer of the Week honors; Gator Men's Hoops prepares for SEC Tournament; UF's Roberson All-SEC again; Meyer Finds Gators A Bit Thin; Codes Breathe Sigh Of Relief; Tailback, linebacker draw Meyer's wrath and more...

Florida Gator Football

Coach Meyer pre spring football press conference
"We're at the end of quarter one, the way we break down our season. The entire year we break it down into four quarters. It doesn't take rocket science to figure that out, but the first quarter is the off season, the second quarter is the spring practice, third is summer, fourth is season. We grade on champions for each quarter, we have a banquet for the champions at the conclusion of each quarter.

Meyer Finds Gators A Bit Thin
In Urban Meyer's world, a ``nice guy'' is a player who hasn't proven himself on the football field, and the University of Florida's first-year coach believes the Gators are loaded with nice guys at tailback and linebacker.

It was supposed to be a nice little news conference to set up the March 16 start of spring practice, the type of media gathering diluted with more clichés than a Hallmark greeting card.

Tailback position concerns UF's Meyer
He's so eager to start, Urban Meyer is monitoring the opening of spring football practice at the University of Florida down to the minute.

Meyer tries to whip Gators into shape
Words can't describe Urban Meyer's level of excitement heading into spring football.

Florida Gator Basketball

Roberson, Lee honored
Two of the big three made the All-Southeastern Conference AP team Tuesday, with junior guard Matt Walsh left outside looking in.

Gator Men's Hoops prepares for SEC Tournament
"We're going to take today off. Playing on Friday will be a good thing for our team just to recuperate and deal with any bumps and bruises they may have. We'll start back up Tuesday and hopefully have three good days of practice and then get prepared and ready to play Georgia or Mississippi State Friday afternoon."

UF's Roberson All-SEC again
Point guard is a first-team selection for the second consecutive year.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Peck gets word from top player
As Carolyn Peck prepared Florida's women's basketball team for a likely WNIT bid Tuesday, the future prospects of her team took another stride forward.

Florida Gator Baseball

UF's Jeroloman included on Johnny Bench Award watch list
Sophomore Brian Jeroloman (Wellington, Fla.) of the Gator baseball team was named to the official Watch List for the 2005 Johnny Bench Award announced by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission on Tuesday afternoon. Thirty-seven catchers from 16 conferences were nominated for the award by their coaches. Because the award is given annually to the top National Collegiate Catcher, the list will be updated to include other candidates until May 2, 2005.

Florida 8, N.C. Asheville 1
Brian Jeroloman drove in three runs and Florida pitchers surrendered just four hits in the Gators' 8-1 win over North Carolina-Asheville on Tuesday night.

Florida Gator Golf

James Vargas wins co-SEC Golfer of the Week honors
Jnior James Vargas (Miami) of the University of Florida men's golf team was awarded the Southeastern Conference Golfer of the Week Award on Monday by conference officials. Vargas shared the honor with Tennessee golfer Ross McGowan.

Florida Gator Track & Field

He's `Unbreakable'
Krystle Moss stole a glance at the man with the blue University of Florida hat pulled low over his even bluer eyes.

Florida Gator Mallory Code

Codes Breathe Sigh Of Relief
Brian Code looked down at his cell phone's caller ID as he left his Tampa office Monday.

Gator golfer Code's condition improving
University of Florida golfer Mallory Code breathed on her own Monday evening in a Denver hospital, weeks or even months before doctors thought was possible.

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