Gator News And World Report (8/31/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, August 31, 2005. Tailback toss up; Webb is back at full speed; Snell has twin goals; Leak: taking a sack sometimes best play; Practice Notebook; Players admit to slacking during Zook regime; Meyer's ‘Swamp' debut vs. familiar foe and more...

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Tailback toss up
The season is less than four days away and the Florida Gators still don't have a starting tailback.

Webb is back at full speed
Starting cornerback Dee Webb shed his his non-contact jersey and went full speed and full contact in practice Tuesday for the first time in more than a week.

Snell has twin goals
Fatherhood and football are two significant parts of Shannon Snell's life. He wants to be great at both.

Leak: taking a sack sometimes best play
GAINESVILLE -- Of all the things Florida quarterback Chris Leak has learned in his two previous seasons as a starter, perhaps the most important is knowing when to give up.

UF receivers ready to run
The first time Andre Caldwell saw Urban Meyer's offensive playbook, the former high school quarterback smiled.

Practice Notebook
GAINESVILLE -- Florida WR Kyle Morgan rested on one knee after last Thursday's practice, too tired to hear Gators coach Urban Meyer's speech praising a player for all his hard work.

The No. 5 receiver spot may not be the most glamorous position on every the team, but in coach Urban Meyer's spread offense it's a vital role -- and the new UF coach might have found the player for that role.

Glenn's Cowboys have Gators' respect
Near midfield at Las Vegas' Sam Boyd Stadium, Wyoming coach Joe Glenn and Gov. Dave Freudenthal stood side by side and watched the state's biggest party of the century.

Eastern division notebook
Steve Spurrier keeps shaking things up just prior to his debut as South Carolina's coach on Thursday night against UCF.

Wyoming coach Glenn familiar with UF's Meyer
GAINESVILLE - Florida's opening opponent shouldn't be too surprised by anything the Gators do on on offense Saturday.

Portis, Dickey prepare to play
UF quarterback Gavin Dickey boasts a career throwing accuracy of 73 percent.

Meyer, Machen lead wellwisher
The crowd was going wild, and it wasn't even a football game. Gators head football coach Urban Meyer, UF President Bernie Machen, other administrators and dance presentations urged more than 800 students at the Black Student Assembly Tuesday night to show the world what they've got.

Players admit to slacking during Zook regime
Ron Zook was no Bear Bryant, but the guy did work like a bear. Spending endless hours confined to the bowels of the Swamp, Zook tirelessly toiled to make the Gators "better and better," to quiet "the noise in the system," all the while chasing a dragon that would ultimately turn around and bite off his head.

Meyer's ‘Swamp' debut vs. familiar foe
Urban Meyer wasted no time building Florida in similar images to his previous coaching stops at Bowling Green and Utah. He now sees the first fruit of his labor as the 10th-ranked Gators begin the season against Wyoming on Saturday

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