Gator News And World Report (9/7/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, September 7, 2005. Earning the right to play; 2-0 hasn't been seen here in a long time; Moss may get chance vs. Vols; Kicker suddenly a celebrity; Atkins manages to handle adversity; Facing Florida not so bad for La. Tech; Tech pins its chances on defensive line pressure; Portis must avoid mistakes and more...

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Earning the right to play
As he sauntered toward the bouncing ball, Josh Portis had big plans in mind. He was going to scoop up this bad shotgun snap, this potentially disastrous play, and turn it into a touchdown.

2-0 hasn't been seen here in a long time
It doesn't seem that long ago until you start counting the days and thinking of all the things that have happened since then, back when 9-11 was best known for being a phone number.

Moss may get chance vs. Vols
Wracked by pain in his hip area from an unknown source, defensive end Jarvis Moss was literally wasting away last spring.

Season already thrown for a loop
The first weekend of the major college football season started with Steve Spurrier's triumphant, though far from inspiring return, and ended with Bobby Bowden catching a break.

UF message: The blitz is coming
Gators' new scheme heavy on blitz, and Meyer says more could be on the way.

Kicker suddenly a celebrity
GAINESVILLE -- Florida kicker Chris Hetland has had a pretty good week. After going 2 for 2 in field goals in his first career game, Hetland was named the Southeastern Conference specialist of the week.

Wuerffel Passing Out Help
GAINESVILLE Fans who order Saturday's Florida-Louisiana Tech game on pay-per-view will be helping one former Gator rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.

Atkins manages to handle adversity
With four fellow true freshmen, CB Avery Atkins made his debut as a Gator on Saturday against Wyoming. And of the group, no one overcame more since arriving here to take the field.

HETLAND HONORED
After making 40- and 47-yard field goals in his first career game, kicker Chris Hetland was named the Southeastern Conference Specialist of the Week.

Tailback position a four-man race
The tailback race continues to heat up, with University of Florida freshman Markus Manson building on a solid fourth quarter last weekend with a strong practice Tuesday.

Facing Florida not so bad for La. Tech
For a 30-point underdog, a road game against one of the nation's top 10 teams never seemed so comforting.

Tech pins its chances on defensive line pressure
Moqut Ruffins has played in enough big-time football stadiums that he isn't intimidated about competing in The Swamp on Saturday when his Louisiana Tech Bulldogs meet No. 10-ranked Florida.

Glenn sees loss to Gators as good experience
CHEYENNE - Wyoming didn't pull off an upset at No. 10 Florida. Nor were the Pokes beaten badly or, for that matter, badly injured.

Portis must avoid mistakes
Josh Portis, a true freshman quarterback from Woodland Hills, Calif., may not beat out junior Chris Leak, who threw for 320 yards and three touchdowns in Florida's season opener.

Minor slips haunt defensive linemen
Adorned with mischievous grins and each other's jerseys, Steven Harris and Marcus Thomas turned the heads of reporters after Tuesday's practice.

Clausen To Start Against Gators
KNOXVILLE, TENN. (Volunteer TV and AP) -- University of Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer says Rick Clausen will start at quarterback against Florida.

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UF to play in Alamodome
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, there were several early indications that San Antonio's Alamo Dome would be used as a shelter for refugees fleeing the Gulf Coast.

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