Gator News And World Report (8/18/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, August 18, 2005. Gators Practice Notebook; Meyer likes effort but not execution; College football report | Florida; Life experiences; Teamwork involved in use of practice field and more...

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Florida's Haupt out for season
Reserve center Eddie Haupt will miss the season with a back injury, adding to Florida's depth issues along the offensive line.

Gators Practice Notebook
When he reviewed the tape of his team's first scrimmage, Florida coach Urban Meyer didn't see football's version of "Ishtar." Instead, it was more like "Home Alone" -- not Oscar-worthy, but watchable despite an overabundance of slapstick.

Meyer likes effort but not execution
The evening after, neither Gators players nor coaches appeared panicked about the offense's poor performance in Tuesday's intrasquad scrimmage.

College football report | Florida
On Tuesday, coach Urban Meyer called Florida's offense ''borderline pathetic'' in its first scrimmage of the season. On Wednesday, he was a bit more optimistic. After watching film of the scrimmage, Meyer said he was pleased by several key plays.

NCAA to discuss appeals process for nicknames
The NCAA's executive committee will meet tonight to discuss the appeals process for those schools on the list of "hostile and abusive'' nicknames and symbols.

Life experiences
The glimpse of it was always there. Big city, big dreams. Nyan Boateng didn't go into Manhattan often as a kid, but he could see it from the balcony of his family's Coney Island apartment, a poster-image view of the New York City skyline.

Teamwork involved in use of practice field
It is a field usually used for sports like rugby, lacrosse and Ultimate Frisbee. Students at Florida playing flag football on the Bermuda grass envision themselves being Chris Leak and Chad Jackson.

Haupt will redshirt for UF
Offensive lineman Eddie Haupt of Merritt Island, the 2004 FLORIDA TODAY All-Space Coast Offensive Player of the Year, will definitely redshirt this year, Florida coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday.

Don't tell coaches the SEC has lost its stature
Steve Spurrier is back, Nick Saban is gone and Urban Meyer has arrived. Some of the biggest names from last year are playing on Sundays, leaving many teams in rebuilding mode, while others are spending the fall preseason trying to master a new system.

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