Gator News And World Report (8/9/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Tuesday, August 9, 2005. Meyer likes what he sees; Great Expectations; Meyer is pleased with conditioning; Backfield is foremost UF concern; Gators Get Tough; More maturity as Gators open camp; Small steps start; Ike Hilliard; Gerard Warren; RB battle brews as UF opens; Mascots hubbub just silly and more...

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Great expectations
Florida quarterback Chris Leak strolled off the practice field Monday evening, stopped in front of a pack of reporters and uttered the words many football-starved fans in Gainesville have been aching to hear.

Meyer likes what he sees
Back in the spring, Urban Meyer's players were still strangers to him, just names on the back of the practice jerseys.

Meyer is pleased with conditioning
On a cool morning, Urban Meyer had his first reason to smile during preparations for the start of football season. On Monday, almost all of his players passed their first test.

Backfield is foremost UF concern
One had an attitude and a work-ethic problem. Another has played sparingly, though he has produced when given the chance. A third has never played in a collegiate football game.

Gators Get Tough
Aside from his demands on their academics and their behavior, Urban Meyer asked that his University of Florida football players return tougher for preseason camp.

Georgia Tech Transfer Picks Gators Over Bulls
Patrick Carter, who said in February he was transferring from Georgia Tech to the University of South Florida, had a change of heart last month and is now at Florida.

Talking ends and real work begins for UF's new coach
It was a little disappointing when Urban Meyer didn't turn water into Gatorade to commemorate Florida's first day of practice.

Confident Gators get started
With new coach Urban Meyer and an impressive array of returning players, UF spent its first day of football practice expecting big things this season.

More maturity as Gators open camp
The initial novelty of the Urban Meyer Era seems to have faded a bit. So has the cloud of uncertainty that hung over the University of Florida football program this time last year.

SEC still tops in the nation
Actually, it has very little to do with Steve Spurrier. The Southeastern Conference is again centerstage -- certainly Spurrier's return to the sidelines amplifies interest -- mostly because three teams are considered legitimate contenders to the national title; five teams rank among the top 15; and half the league resides in the coaches' preseason poll.

It's officially time for some Gator football
Football season started in Gainesville at 7 a.m. Monday. There were only a handful of us out there to see it, but it was official.

Open season, high expectations
On offense at least, the Wyoming Cowboys will start fall camp right where they left off after spring drills. They've got the same cross-your-fingers mentality about the running backs. Competition for the backup quarterback spot. An offensive line still looking to plug the big hole left by Trenton Franz.

Small steps start
Urban Meyer walked off Florida's practice fields like a coach that had seen his players for exactly one day.

RB battle brews as UF opens
Urban Meyer walked off Florida's practice field like a coach who had seen his players for exactly one day.

Want UF's plays? Open your wallet
Imagine the scene. An opposing defensive back steps in front of a Chris Leak pass and sprints down the sideline untouched. As he nears the end zone, he turns, spreads his arms and does a little dance as he starts to sing, "I bought it on ebay!"

Mascots hubbub just silly
When exactly did common sense hand the baton off to political correctness and then let it run amok?

Receiver Carter snubs Bulls for Gators
Former Lakewood High standout Pat Carter is a Gator instead of a Bull. Carter was expected to join USF when camp opened Monday after saying earlier this year he was transferring from Georgia Tech. Instead, he practiced with the Gators at wide receiver.

Meyer: Players are top priority
Florida senior Jarvis Herring is still getting used to having coaches constantly calling and checking up on him, or even popping in for a visit.

Florida Gator Ike Hilliard

Ike Hilliard Says He Will Allow Coaches to Define His Role
There will be a No. 19 lining up at wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this year, but it won't be a reincarnation of Keyshawn Johnson. It'll be quite the opposite.

Florida Gator Gerard Warren

Warren now happy camper
On the field, Gerard Warren relentlessly runs from sideline to sideline, making his presence felt on virtually every play

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