Gator News and World Report (9/2/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Friday, September 2, 2005. On a quest to leave nerves at tunnel; Ignoring his pain lead a former Gator to a revelation; Teammates learn importance of blocking; Wuerffel's New Orleans-based ministry likely lost; Center of attention: Degory drawing notice in final season; Superdome has super memories; Contract extension for Florida-Georgia; Meyer teaches his players a lesson by hiding icon, but where is it?; Meyer To be Honored By Fiesta Organizers and more....

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On a quest to leave nerves at tunnel
Florida receiver Jemalle Cornelius remembered the feeling well. As a freshman, in one of his first games running through the tunnel at Florida Field, Cornelius was so overcome with energy and emotion that he could hardly breathe.

The springing of Leak
His timing and delivery are way off and his recent performances have drawn groans and confused expressions from his teammates.

GatorSports.com Picks of the Week
This may be a boring game on paper, with two very mediocre to flat-out terrible teams playing, but it will be very interesting. Steve Spurrier takes over an awful situation at South Carolina, a program riddled with player problems, probation and losing seasons. It will be very interesting to see how Spurrier implements his offensive style with a team that just does not have the caliber of players to dominate. UCF, on the other hand, brings head coach George O'Leary back for his second season after an awful 0-11 campaign in 2004. Which team will play with the urgency to pull this game out?

Safety finally gets word from home
The anxiety-filled wait for senior Florida safety Deshawn Carter ended Wednesday morning.

Center of attention: Degory drawing notice in final season
The young boy at the Halloween party wore a No. 68 Florida Gators jersey, a glued-on scraggly beard and a curly, partially balding hairpiece.

Superdome has super memories
The Superdome in New Orleans will always be a special place for Steve Spurrier, which is why he hopes the city will be able to fix the structure once the rest of New Orleans recovers from Hurricane Katrina.

Contract extension for Florida-Georgia
The annual Florida-Georgia football game will finish up this decade at Alltel Stadium.

Meyer teaches his players a lesson by hiding icon, but where is it?
GAINESVILLE -- It's made of fiberglass, not gold or any other precious metal.

Cowboys Are Straight Shooters
For once, Florida is opening against an opponent with no sense of direction.

Bullish On Boss Gator
GAINESVILLE Urban Meyer seemed surprised when he heard the number. The number prompted a question. Meyer's jaw locked, and he delivered the only response his Midwestern sensibility would allow.

Meyer To be Honored By Fiesta Organizers
GAINESVILLE -- Florida coach Urban Meyer will be honored tonight for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award he won last season, but he wishes the ceremony had taken place earlier.

'The Guy' For The Gators
GAINESVILLE Last spring, at almost any hour, Florida coach Urban Meyer could anonymously pop into a meeting room and see the same thing.

Meyer wants UF to toe the D-line
Coach Urban Meyer has retooled UF's defensive line in an effort to improve upon last year's ineffective pass rush.

Close encounters
Urban Meyer motivates by learning what makes each player tick. 'I've never seen a coach get close to his players the way he does,' said associate head coach Doc Holliday.

Numbers game
The Gators have a standout 1-2 punch at linebacker in Brandon Siler and Earl Everett, but Urban Meyer and the coaching staff have been challenged to fill out the unit.

Gators camp notebook
A humble Urban Meyer accepted the 2004 National Coach of the Year award Thursday, presented by the Eddie Robinson Foundation and the Fiesta Bowl, and to Meyer's surprise, chairman Mike Allen invited Meyer and the Gators to the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, which happens to be the national title game.

Smallest Gator is a fit at cornerback
Seven-year-old Vernell Brown fastened the top button — again — and forced down one more glass of water.

Sweet September rolls in with college football
There is one item of clothing I've kept under wraps for a year. One article of clothing I drowned in mothballs after an autumn of unbearable shame. It's a football jersey. Orange and blue and beautiful. The number 11 is on the front and back. "Spurrier" is spelled out from shoulder to shoulder. It is my cocky affirmation, my indisputable statement, that I passionately uphold the traditions and culture of the Gator Nation.

Meyer hoping to spread the wealth
This spread option offense that is sweeping the nation, the one Urban Meyer created, well, it's not really an offense as much as it is a concept.

The Heisman Favorites
Chris Leak, Florida QB: Many expect Leak to flourish under new Gators coach Urban Meyer. His numbers last year (238-of-399, 3,197 yards, 29 TDs, 12 ints.) weren't otherworldly and he needs to do better in big games. May be more of a running threat in Meyer's system.

Meyer: Gators ready for Wyoming
After all the preseason practices, after his first spring with the Florida Gators, after anxiously awaiting his first trip out of the tunnel onto Florida Field, coach Urban Meyer feels like his team is ready for Saturday's season opener against Wyoming.

UF organizations plan aid
The UF Center for Leadership and Service aims to raise an estimated $15,000 to $20,000 to aid victims of the Category 4 storm that devastated New Orleans and other cities along the Gulf Coast this weekend.

Florida Gator Larry Carr

Ignoring his pain lead a former Gator to a revelation
Un retrospect, he considers himself foolish and stubborn. But at the time, Bill Carr just wanted to get the presentation out of the way.

Florida Gator Volleyball

Teammates learn importance of blocking
isya Killingsworth and Kari Klinkenborg thought they knew the importance of blocking when arrived at Florida as freshmen last year. Turns out, they weren't even close.

Volleyball previews
Florida COACH: Mary Wise (460-48, 15th season; 541-111 overall). 2004 RECORD: 29-5 (15-1 SEC champion, lost 3-2 to Stanford in second round of NCAA Tournament).

Florida Gator Danny Wuerffel

Wuerffel's New Orleans-based ministry likely lost
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel escaped Louisiana before Hurricane Katrina ravaged the state, but his New Orleans-based ministry might have been lost.

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