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

The Gator News and World Report for Friday, September 9, 2005. Moore versatility; Gators may take trip to Big Apple; Gator soccer suffers injury a little easier; True freshman ahead of the pack; Gators quick to unwrap special Portis package; Meyer: UF Debut Was Better Than Utah Debut; Meyer OK with UF offense; Tech hopes to avoid turnovers against Gators; Urban Renaissance; Reeling from Katrina, Louisiana Tech ready for Gators and more...

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Moore versatility
In some ways, Kestahn Moore is just a typical freshman on the Florida campus, who likes to go to movies with his friends or occasionally calls his parents if he's homesick.

True freshman ahead of the pack
Wide receiver Nyan Boateng has separated himself from the other true freshmen wide receivers and is starting to push for playing time, UF coach Urban Meyer said Thursday.

Gators quick to unwrap special Portis package
How much does freshman Josh Portis like Florida football coach Urban Meyer?

Meyer: UF Debut Was Better Than Utah Debut
Florida coach Urban Meyer didn't hesitate when considering which had the shakier opening night: his 2003 Utah offense or his 2005 Florida offense

Gators look ahead to LSU
After mixed results in Florida's 32-14 season-opening victory against Wyoming, coach Urban Meyer expects a more balanced attack Saturday against Louisiana Tech.

Meyer OK with UF offense
Meyer says Florida offense on track: UF's offense may not have met his expectations last weekend, but coach Urban Meyer has seen a lot worse from one of his teams during a season opener.

Siler's talent never an act
It was a packed house on a Friday night at Orlando Evans High School, a standing-room-only crowd was on hand for one reason — football star Brandon Siler was playing. Only, when he finally appeared, Siler was playing a different role — Walter Lee Younger, the male lead in a production of A Raisin in the Sun.

Tech hopes to avoid turnovers against Gators
Louisiana Tech coach Jack Bicknell believes his team is better than the 30-point underdogs to Florida that Las Vegas prognosticators have forecast for his team, but he also knows that the Gators have a major advantage over his Bulldogs.

New Look, Same Results
Last Saturday, some University of Florida football fans likely tuned in to Fox Sports Net to catch a glimpse of a pair of future Gators from Springdale -- wide receiver Damian Williams and tight end Ben Cleveland.

Urban Renaissance
After Urban Meyer was hired as head coach at Bowling Green four years ago, he sequestered himself in a staff room with his offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The goal was to devise an offense that would keep Meyer's promise. He had vowed to use spread formations and force opponents to defend the entire field.

Reeling from Katrina, Louisiana Tech ready for Gators
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have dealt with death, destruction and displacement the last two weeks.

`Shovel' deception
At the snap, receiver Andre "Bubba" Caldwell circles into the backfield, then darts toward the line of scrimmage. Quarterback Chris Leak holds the ball and slides to his left. For an instant, the play around him seems to slow, almost stop.

Gators' running game concerns Meye
One game into the season and reality (Tennessee) is suddenly 10 days away for the Florida Gators.

Football: Can South get a grip on Riverdale's Walker?
Wednesday afternoon, sweat-soaked South Fort Myers coach Grant Redhead bounded about the practice field, often wide-eyed. His skin and temperament reddened, he repeated the theme to withering players: "Friday night is a big one!"

Born leader
Good isn't good when greatness is expected. These words - permanently etched onto Brandon Siler's right arm - remind him that complacency is not an option.

Forgotten corner now UF's posterboy
Vernell Brown spotted the wobbling ball and they were both alone.He dove to his left, vacuumed it in, and it was just Brown - all 5-foot-8 of him - and the football.

Florida Gator Basketball

Gators may take trip to Big Apple
Florida will enter this basketball season young and inexperienced at some spots.

UF men release basketball slate
A potential spot in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic's final four and non-conference games against Providence and Miami highlight the 2005-2006 Florida basketball schedule, which was released Thursday.

Gators, Donovan hit road
Florida will open its 2005-06 season by hosting one of the regionals for the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic and can advance to the Final Four in New York with two wins

Florida Gator Soccer

Gator soccer suffers injury a little easier
Becky Burleigh's Florida soccer team has one luxury this season - depth. And the injury-depleted Gators will need it this weekend.

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