Gator News And World Report (9/5/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Monday, Septmerb 5, 2005. Opening Remarks; What you're saying, what they're saying; Gators Report Card; Room for improvement; Defense is bright spot for the potent Gators; Running game stuck in neutral; Meyer sees room for improvement; So far, Weis and Meyer seem worth the money; Meyer: Running game is 'pathetic'; Urban renewal at Florida; Wynn may be out of doghouse and more...

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Opening remarks
The flashes of speed and elusiveness Josh Portis brought to the quarterback position in his first Florida game Saturday night will lead to more playing time for the true freshman, Florida coach Urban Meyer said Sunday.

What you're saying, what they're saying
What you're saying "I expected this to be a rough game. We were playing a quality opponent and it was the first game under Meyer's system. Hey, our defense looked great and Leak looks like he might be unstoppable. Once we find a running game, we WILL be UNSTOPPABLE."

Wynn's status uncertain
Running back DeShawn Wynn, who was suspended for Florida's 32-14 season-opening win over Wyoming on Saturday, might play this Saturday against Louisiana Tech.

Gators Report Card
OFFENSE: B The passing game flourished, with Chris Leak throwing for 320 yards and three touchdowns. He also proved he can take hits when running the ball. The offensive line struggled in pass protection, and C Mike Degory had some uncharacteristic problems with the snap. Running game has to improve

Meyer Targets Offense
GAINESVILLE University of Florida coach Urban Meyer has a few ideas about how to correct his team's pathetic (Meyer's word) rushing attack.

Room for improvement
GAINESVILLE -- On the sideline, Florida wide receiver Chad Jackson tried to suppress his smile. In the game's first 34 minutes, he had caught three touchdown passes, and now he had giggling teammates humming the SportsCenter theme music in his ear.

Sure, UF won, but don't get excited just yet
GAINESVILLE -- Just so Urban Meyer knows what he's up against, let us remind him that Ron Zook scored more points than this in all three of his season-opening games at Florida.

Defense is bright spot for the potent Gators
While most of the eyes in the record 90,707 crowd at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday were probably curious about the new-look Florida offense, it apparently wasn't Coach Urban Meyer's biggest concern.

Focus is on running
Urban Meyer wants more balance than what UF showed on Saturday, and that might mean playing time for running back DeShawn Wynn.

Running game stuck in neutral
Running back DeShawn Wynn to the rescue? It's a lot to ask of an underachiever with a history of injuries and behavior issues at the University of Florida.

Meyer sees room for improvement
Florida's win over Wyoming was the perfect start to the Urban Meyer era. Perfect not only because the Gators did enough good things to easily beat the Cowboys 32-14, but also because of there were plenty of imperfections to keep the players from resting on Saturday's success.

So far, Weis and Meyer seem worth the money
At schools with proud football traditions, they were wooed as if they were debutantes, then introduced with fanfare during the off-season. The high-profile coaches were bringing fresh hope to universities happy to pay them big bucks in return for glory.

Meyer: Running game is 'pathetic'
GAINESVILLE - This time last week, Florida Gators coach Urban Meyer said he was waiting for a tailback to "step up to the podium" and proclaim he is unequivocally the man for the job. Today, Meyer still waits for that announcement.

Urban renewal at Florida
Urban Meyer works fast. The University of Florida head football coach quickly got his players to buy into his program. His fans hope he can just as quickly get the Gators back into the national elite.

Meyer refuses to discuss Tennessee
GAINESVILLE — Fresh off a 32-14 win against Wyoming, Florida coach Urban Meyer made one thing clear Sunday: Don't ask him about Tennessee

Meyer sees room for improvement
Fresh off a 32-14 win against Wyoming, Florida coach Urban Meyer made one thing clear Sunday: Don't ask him about Tennessee.

Wynn may be out of doghouse
The status of junior running back DeShawn Wynn remains uncertain. Wynn dressed but did not play against Wyoming on Saturday night, and coach Urban Meyer said he needed to work harder and perform better. "The best players play," he said after the game.

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