Gator News And World Report (8/30/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Tuesday, August 30. 2005. Waiting for Urban's debut has made for one long summer; Breakdown: Spurrier vs. Meyer; With dawn of Urban era comes new football traditions; Gators all smiles after opening win; Tailbacks awaiting Meyer's decision; Jarvis Williams shot in the back; Burleigh's test reveals plenty; UF sees example of toughness; Coaches aren't cheap at Florida; Possible No-Wynn Situation For Gators and more...

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Waiting for Urban's debut has made for one long summer
Remember when you were young and summer always seemed to end too quickly? The days would breeze by in a rush of baseball, swimming holes and cookouts. All of a sudden, it would be time for school again.

Breakdown: Spurrier vs. Meyer
The situations are similar but not the same. When Steve Spurrier took over the Florida program on New Year's Eve in 1989, he inherited a talented team of underachievers in terms of wins and losses. The same goes for Urban Meyer.

With dawn of Urban era comes new football traditions
Game day in The Swamp is going to take on a distinctly different look and feel as the Florida Gators enter a new era under coach Urban Meyer on Saturday.

Tailbacks awaiting Meyer's decision
With the opener now only five days away, the status of potential starting tailback DeShawn Wynn remains uncertain.

A legacy of his own
The shadow was always there, more comforting than menacing. The darkness never really enveloped Corey Bramlet, but it was inescapable just the same.

UF sees example of toughness
GAINESVILLE -- Want to challenge a football team? Question their toughness. Want to really bother a team? Have their coach do it. That's what has been happening at Florida since Urban Meyer became the Gators' coach last December.

Coaches aren't cheap at Florida
GAINESVILLE -- Urban Meyer is costing Florida $14 million, and his staff isn't cheap, either. The university's athletic association is playing Meyer's nine assistant coaches nearly $1.3 million in annual salary, according to contracts obtained by the Times-Union on Monday. That figure does not include a $10,000 equipment supplement and a company car per coach.

Meyer not sold on tailbacks
DeShawn Wynn could start at running back for Florida when the Gators open their 2005 season against Wyoming on Saturday. Or it may be Skyler Thornton. Or Markus Manson. Or even Kestahn Moore

Possible No-Wynn Situation For Gators
Florida RB DeShawn Wynn is not suspended for Saturday's season opener against Wyoming -- at least not officially. But he may not play.

It's time for all these sub-Urban references to stop
The football season is just days away. It's time to make a plea to all the announcers, producers, writers and editors who will be bringing you the action.

Starting tailback job up in the air
Urban Meyer isn't saying much about who might start at running back in Florida's opener Saturday against Wyoming.

With Florida's season opener against Wyoming looming Saturday, Gators coach Urban Meyer finally appears satisfied with junior quarterback Chris Leak.

UF's McDonald gets support up front
The biggest fan of Ray McDonald Jr. could get a lot of help from him this season. Defensive end Jeremy Mincey said McDonald's move to the other end will give the University of Florida pass rush some needed punch. The biggest beneficiary might be Mincey, who had only two sacks last season.

If rabid enough, you can see it all
Few have the spare time. Fewer still the cash to buy gas. It has been years since the state's biggest football programs have opened a season in such ideal proximity, in terms of calendar and odometer.

Assistant football coaches cash in
The 2005 Florida assistant football coaching staff is the highest paid in school history with a combined $1.38-million in salaries, according to contracts released Monday.

Ex-Marine revels inGatoruniform
GAINESVILLE · Cam Brewer peppers fellow Florida wide receivers all day with questions. He learns about route-running and one-on-one blocking and special-teams roles.

Florida linebackers are in short supply
Florida has no depth behind its three starting linebackers. Behind them are two converted fullbacks, a former tight end turned linebacker turned tight end turned back into a linebacker, and a couple of freshmen.

Saturdays in the South
The start of the college football season brings excitement and expectation for fans all over the country. Every team is a national title contender and every player has a shot at the Heisman Trophy.

Meyer spreads wealth
GAINESVILLE - Urban Meyer made sure his assistant coaches were taken care of when he took the head coaching job at Florida.

Meyer unites Florida's past, present
GAINESVILLE, Fla.- Safety Jarvis Herring remembers spending time with several former Florida players when he was a freshman in 2001.

Florida Gator Volleyball

Gators all smiles after opening win
Jane Collymore rose above the net, blocked a ball, then prepared for the biggest surprise of the night. As her teammates swarmed her in celebration, setter Angie McGinnis inadvertently belted Collymore in the stomach, prompting them to share a laugh.

Florida Gator Jarvis Williams

Jarvis Williams shot in the back
Former Gator and NFL player Jarvis Williams was shot in the back after a fight erupted outside an Orange Park nightclub early Sunday, Clay County Sheriff's deputies reported.

Ex-Gator shot in Orange Park
Jarvis Williams, a former Florida Gators and Miami Dolphins defensive back, was shot in the back outside Club Christopher's, 1620 Wells Road, Orange Park, early Sunday morning while fleeing from a gunman, police said.

Florida Gator Soccer

Burleigh's test reveals plenty
here was a point Monday when I thought the space for this column would be used for my obituary. I'm not in failing health, but felt close to it Monday when I laced up the sneakers and tackled Florida soccer coach Becky Burleigh's fitness test.

Justin Midgett

Midgett switches to smaller field
Last January, quarterback Justin Midgett left the prestige of playing at Florida to come to Eastern in hopes of catching the attention of NFL scouts. Now his quest for pro ball is taking him to the arena leagues.

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