Gator News And World Report (9/3/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Saurday, September 3, 2005. The beginning of the Urban Meyer era for the Florida Gators is TODAY. UF's opening drive; Despite the state of the world today, it still feels good to be a Gator on gameday; Gator game day preview: Wyoming vs. Florida; Not your typical opener; Moore 'practicing like he's been here'; 'He was even an intense sailor'; Glenn, Cowboys not awed by Gators; Has Leak plugged his gaps at QB? and more...

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UF's opening drive
Urban Meyer has devised a game plan for avoiding some of the hype that should start overwhelming The Swamp at about 5:59 tonight, as the Gators begin gathering in the tunnel in the south end zone for their 2005 entrance.

Despite the state of the world today, it still feels good to be a Gator on gameday
The e-mails come in every once in awhile, Gator fans excited about the season that begins today even though they have no chance to be in The Swamp.

Gator Game day
1. The Gators expect to have a considerable overall edge in speed and will have to show it early by making some big plays.

Gator game day preview: Wyoming vs. Florida
1. If quarterback Corey Bramlett can get the ball down field early to wide receiver Jovon Bouknight it will open up some opportunities in the running game.

Not your typical opener
GAINESVILLE -- Tonight's game against Wyoming isn't Florida's typical football season opener for several reasons. First, the Cowboys aren't like the non-conference patsies the Gators have feasted upon in the previous 17 openers. Sports Illustrated ranked Wyoming 25th in its preseason poll, and the Cowboys also received votes in The Associated Press and USA Today coaches' polls.

UAB at No.3 Tennessee, 12:30 p.m.: Keep your eye on Blazers quarterback Darrell Hackney, who threw for 3,070 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2004. The Volunteers have questions in the secondary, so this could be a dangerous game. Still, UT's beef along both lines should wear UAB down and make this a rout.

Ushering In Old, New
GAINESVILLE Like most recently arrived Gainesville residents, Urban Meyer wanted to collect phone numbers.

Moore 'practicing like he's been here'
Although RB Kestahn Moore hasn't been dubbed the official starter against Wyoming, a day away from the start of Florida's new era, Moore has as much a shot as anyone to start.

Gators ready to run the spread
Florida begins its new era under Urban Meyer today, and quarterback Chris Leak is set to lead Gators' new offensive scheme.

Wyoming at No. 10 Florida
2004 records: Wyoming 7-5 (3-4 Mountain West), Florida 7-5 (4-4 SE

Coming into his own
GAINESVILLE — By now, University of Florida quarterback Chris Leak was supposed to have been in the thick of a Heisman race.

Gators know they must fulfill
GAINESVILLE — Anyone who follows Florida football realizes that Urban Meyer came to this state hyped as the man who would save the Gators' program.

'He was even an intense sailor'
The red carpet has arrived and nearly 100,000 fanatics desperately want to crown their new king. The unlikely savior makes his star-studded debut today.

Glenn, Cowboys not awed by Gators
LARAMIE - Wyoming has plenty of experience facing Florida coach Urban Meyer's spread-option offense.

Has Leak plugged his gaps at QB?
As Chris Leak develops into a leader and the executor of Urban Meyer's offense, his biggest change has been a simple one.

Pokes ready to roll
Joe Glenn wants to be absolutely clear: Wyoming did not travel to Florida as a white-shirted scout team.

It's like old times for Meyer when Florida faces Wyoming
The question was posed to Urban Meyer at one of the more than 20 Gator Club gatherings the new University of Florida football coach spoke at this spring. It was somewhat disguised, but Meyer saw through it. ''What about Tennessee?"

Meyer's spread offense still around
Urban Meyer is long gone to the University of Florida, but his innovative offense hasn't been forgotten in Utah.

Getting fresh starts
The red carpet has arrived and nearly 100,000 fanatics desperately want to crown their new king. Urban Meyer, regarded in Gainesville as a savior, makes his star-studded debut tonight against Wyoming.

Bramlet, Pokes eager to face Gators' challenge
CHEYENNE - Not long ago, it would have been one of those early road games against a big-name opponent who - if the Cowboys had a good day - wouldn't drub them too badly.

Around the SEC
1. Tennessee - The Volunteers look as good as they were in 1998 when they won the national championship.

UF Spreads the field and the leadership
Chris Leak sat alone watching film. Day after day, new coach Urban Meyer walked by, looking in. Leak stoically studied. Finally, Meyer stepped in.

Scouting reports
USF AT PENN STATE, 3:30 P.M., ESPNU and ABC-TV Ch. 28 The Bulls get their first shot at a Big Ten program with close to 109,000 fans expected at Beaver Stadium. It's the fourth year in a row USF will set its record for a single-game crowd, but Andre Hall is prepared to tune the fans out. "Just get in your zone and don't worry about the crowd," Hall said he'll tell his younger teammates.

Meyer teaches Gators secrets of the spread
All spring, college coaches made pilgrimages here to beg Urban Meyer and Dan Mullen for knowledge of the offense that pushed Bowling Green to the top of the Mid-American Conference and little Utah into the big, bad Bowl Championship Series.

Gators RB problem doesn't trouble sharps
No. 11 Florida coach Urban Meyer is taking his sweet time naming a starting running back for today's contest against Wyoming.

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