Gator News And World Report (9/14/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, September 14, 2005. Back in control; Coach Meyer: Here's a primer on rivalry vs. UT; Coach Meyer refuses to disrespect Volunteers; Vols eye third straight victory in The Swamp; Leaks plugged on Vols; Baker Gets Proverbial Slap Awake; Caldwell Draws Meyer's Ire For Lack Of Intensity; Gators prepare for relentless Vols run attack; Vols enjoying underdog role; Tennessee's schedule too tough to run table; and more...

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Back in control
Jarvis Herring will always remember his night in jail. "Horrible," he said. "I never want to do that again. If they told me I had to spend a month in jail, I might try to kill myself."

Coach Meyer: Here's a primer on rivalry vs. UT
Florida coach Urban Meyer is looking to his players for a primer. He wants them to tell him about the rivalry between Florida and Tennessee. That's fine, but it is also like asking the Olsen Twins for a history of cinema.

Coach Meyer refuses to disrespect Volunteers
At Utah last season, Urban Meyer spiced up the Utah-Brigham Young rivalry (and fired up his players) by placing BYU emblems in the urinals in the locker room the week of the game. So far, he has no plans to do something similar for this week's rivalry game against the Vols.

Vols eye third straight victory in The Swamp
Even when Tennessee had quarterback Peyton Manning, a trip to The Swamp used to spell doom for the Volunteers.

Leaks plugged on Vols
One of the biggest stories in the week before Saturday's Tennessee-Florida game involves an office worker in the Gator football office.

GATORS NOTEBOOK: History favors rivalry winner
Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer said he doesn't believe the SEC Eastern Division title is riding on Saturday's game at Florida, but the history of the series says he may be wrong.

Baker Gets Proverbial Slap Awake
Dallas Baker tried to watch the slap one Sunday this past summer.

Caldwell Draws Meyer's Ire For Lack Of Intensity
Former Jefferson star Andre Caldwell drew the ire of Florida coach Urban Meyer following Saturday's Louisiana Tech game.

FEAR FACTOR
After the hour's drive from his home in Macclenny, little Todd McCullough would join 85,000 people, almost all fellow Gators fans, to watch the inevitable at Florida Field.

TAILBACK SURPLUS
Who says UF has a tailback problem? Days after DeShawn Wynn became UF's clear-cut, No. 1 running back, redshirt freshman Markus Manson continues to impress coach Urban Meyer.

Gators prepare for relentless Vols run attack
UF players are motivated by their vivid recollections of trying to stop Tennessee's vaunted rushing game.

Time for Vols to show their cards
There won't be any more holding back now. With the first SEC game of national interest scheduled for Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday night, the Volunteers and the Gators won't be hiding any of their playbooks when they line up for the 8 p.m. kickoff.

Vols enjoying underdog role
Two weeks ago Tennessee was supposed to win big, and now the Volunteers find themselves in a more comfortable position as underdogs against No. 6 Florida

Florida wants The Swamp back
GAINESVILLE, FLA. -- While his Florida teammates dejectedly walked to the locker room, Todd McCullough stood in the tunnel and watched Tennessee quarterback Casey Clausen climb a ladder and start directing the band.

Meyer: It's a big game, but it's not a defining moment
Florida coach Urban Meyer knows the pressure on him to win has finally arrived. Comfortable victories against Wyoming and Louisiana Tech the past two weeks further heightened the great expectations Gator fans have had since Meyer was hired. And with fourth-ranked Tennessee picked as the preseason favorite to win the SEC East, euphoria is just a 3-0 start away in The Swamp.

Tennessee's schedule too tough to run table
Q: Is Tennessee's schedule the toughest in the nation? Do the Vols have a prayer of going undefeated against it? — John from Chattanooga, Tenn. A: That's a pretty tall order, John. No, the Volunteers won't be unbeaten in 2005 for the reason you mentioned. What a schedule! And it begins Saturday night with a real doozy — at Florida in a nationally televised SEC East showdown, that also doubles as the first true test for new Gators coach Urban Meyer.

Leak's brother has Vols on edge
Tennessee fans no doubt are wondering this week if C.J. Leak can help a brother out.

Tennessee's Clausen to start
Tennessee quarterback Rick Clausen should be glad UF linebacker Todd McCullough isn't a vengeful person.

Vols' linemen plan to use Leak as target practice
With kickoff three days away, Tennessee's defensive front has fired the first shot at quarterback Chris Leak, hoping many more will follow Saturday.

Florida Gator Golf

Every's case exposes potential loophole
he sanctity of college golf remains. At least for the moment, anyway. There's been some national handwringing over the last couple of weeks with regard to University of Florida senior All-American Matt Every, who was determined to take advantage of a relatively obscure rule allowing him to play in the PGA Tour's Qualifying School without losing his college amateur status.


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