Gator News And World Report (4/22/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Friday, April 22, 2005. Meyer: Smith has what it takes to go No. 1 in draft; Projections for Crowder fall, but he likes chances; Athletes must choose agents wisely; Florida QB among latest entering college early to get jump on fall; Scouting the SEC men's tennis tournament; Auburn Baseball vs Florida Preview; Florida's Sports Hall of Fame Welcomes Seven New Members and more...

Florida Gator Football

Smith earned draft status, Meyer says
Urban Meyer hung up one phone and picked up another. In his busy world, it was another bulging day filled with meetings, interviews, plane rides and speeches.

Fason faces heavy competition
Ciatrick Fason says his skills are a bit better than the draft's top three running backs.

Meyer: Smith has what it takes to go No. 1 in draft
Utah startled everybody in the last college football season with a 12-0 record and a top-four finish, but the surprises started much sooner than that for Urban Meyer.

Proving ground
The consensus among the scouts and analysts is he has the ability and attitude to be a productive linebacker in the NFL.

Projections for Crowder fall, but he likes chances
Just 24 hours or so remain, but the NFL Draft can't begin soon enough for linebacker Channing Crowder.

Athletes must choose agents wisely
After becoming a freshman All-American linebacker at Florida two years ago, Channing Crowder knew what was coming. In fact, he already had a plan for dealing with sports agents.

Florida QB among latest entering college early to get jump on fall
Josh Portis hasn't wasted any time in getting his college football career on the fast track. But by now, he's used to doing things in a hurry.

Florida Lady Gator Tennis

Gamecocks Advance With 4-1 Victory Over Arkansas
Rain haulted the South Carolina-Arkansas women's tennis match twice on Thursday in Tuscaloosa, Ala., but it didn't stop the Gamecocks from advancing with a 4-1 victory over the Razorbacks. The match was originally scheduled for 3 pm but was moved to 5:30 p.m. due to rain. The Gamecocks (14-7,6-5) and Razorbacks (11-11, 1-10) started doubles play outside at 5:30 p.m. but play was stopped because of rain. The two teams did not start again until after 11:00 p.m. eastern due to the conclusion of the Mississippi vs. Alabama match.

Florida Gator Tennis

Scouting the SEC men's tennis tournament
One month before the top women's tennis teams arrive in Athens for the NCAA championships, it's the men's turn to strut their stuff at the Dan Magill Tennis Center.

Florida Gator Baseball

Auburn Baseball vs Florida Preview
FLORIDA (27-10, 10-5) AT AUBURN (25-14, 8-7) APRIL 22-24, 2005 * 7 P.M, 4 P.M, 1 P.M. CT PLAINSMAN PARK (4,096) * AUBURN, AL

A familiar face in opponent's dugout
Doting the sidewalks of downtown Auburn is a collection of plaques commemorating notable figures in Auburn sports history. Bo Jackson, Frank Thomas and former baseball coach Hal Baird are represented.

Florida Gator Danny Wuerffel

Florida's Sports Hall of Fame Welcomes Seven New Members
The Florida Sports Hall of Fame adds seven new members in 2005, who between them have won three Olympic Gold Medals, four Super Bowls, five NCAA football national championships, 14 tennis major events, three golf major events and a Heisman Trophy. Nicole Haislett Bacher, Mike Martin, Pete Sampras, Deion Sanders, Howard Schnellenberger, Payne Stewart and Danny Wuerffel will be inducted on Sunday, May 22 at a Gala to be held at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.

Florida Gator Gymnastics

Gators miss out
Florida's draw at the NCAA Gymnastics Championships turned out to be too difficult to overcome.

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