Gator News And World Report (9/15/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, September 15, 2005. UT will challenge UF's ability to rush; TAKE BACK 'THE SWAMP'; Drum Major Ready To Dash Vols' Hopes With A Pass; Gators expect defense to shine; Meyer isn't ready to play insult game; UT's Sunshine State receiver ready for homecoming in the Swamp; Meyer tests offensive 'genius' against Fulmer; Tennessee receivers look to improve against Florida and more...

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UT will challenge UF's ability to rush
Names and numbers may change from season to season, but there is an intimidating and unsettling consistency about Tennessee's defensive front.

TAKE BACK 'THE SWAMP'
Gators' mission begins in earnest Saturday night against rival Tennessee.

Meyer: Top recruits to see game
Not only will Saturday's game against fifth-ranked Tennessee have a national television audience and national implications, but sixth-ranked Florida will be hosting some top high school recruits this weekend.

Drum Major Ready To Dash Vols' Hopes With A Pass
Though she hopes Tennessee QB Rick Clausen doesn't get to continue the family tradition of directing the band after Saturday's game against Florida, UF senior Jen Rickerson plans to make her own statement before kickoff.

Gators expect defense to shine
Florida cornerback Dee Webb leaned forward in his chair and lowered his voice a bit, as though telling a secret he had been charged to protect.

Meyer will break out full playbook
There's a reason why some people call Urban Meyer's offense tricky and gimmicky. But so far in his two games as Florida's coach, the only electric play to leave Meyer's headset was a 26-yard Andre Caldwell reverse against Louisiana Tech.

Meyer isn't ready to play insult game
Like many Tennessee fans, Jim Haslam is eager to see what Florida coach Urban Meyer brings to the Vols-Gators rivalry.

The Buzz: UF vs. Tennessee
Leak lacking: Quarterback Chris Leak might never fit Urban Meyer's offense as well as Alex Smith did at Utah last season. Leak is off to a so-so start, despite a school-record 17 straight completions, which featured four shovel passes and two screens, in the opener against Wyoming. On Saturday, he floated several throws into coverage that a team better than Louisiana Tech might have intercepted. Leak's longest run was 5 yards, and he's averaging less than half a yard on 17 carries. He should improve, but must do so against Tennessee, Alabama and LSU.

UT's Sunshine State receiver ready for homecoming in the Swamp
Tennessee receiver Chris Hannon gets to make a homecoming trip this weekend.

Florida's other Leak concerns Tennessee
C.J. Leak doesn't have a defined role at Florida. It's not too different from his three years at Tennessee.

Vols ready for e-motion-al challenge of Gators
Don't call Tennessee linebacker Kevin Simon conservative for being afraid of change.

Gators expect defense to shine
Florida cornerback Dee Webb leaned forward in his chair and lowered his voice a bit, as though telling a secret he had been charged to protect.

No secret: UT-Florida gets intense
It wouldn't be UT-Florida week without some off-the-field shenanigans and subplots.

Meyer tests offensive 'genius' against Fulmer
In his 12 full seasons at Tennessee, Phillip Fulmer has seen a procession of coaches come and go in the Southeastern Conference.

Tennessee receivers look to improve against Florida
Tennessee's receivers wanted to make big plays in the opener. Catching the ball first would have set them up.

A different Clausen at controls for Vols
There were players voted to All-Southeastern Conference teams, preseason and postseason, big bruisers and sleek skill position players in shiny suits. And then there was him, with the shaved head and chubby cheeks hardly resembling his Val Kilmer-lookalike brother.

Vols to test Meyer's attack
Urban Meyer has been waiting on games like Saturday ever since he turned down his dream job at Notre Dame to take over at Florida.

Gator defense not sitting on its heels now
Ray McDonald got tired of waiting for something to happen.

SAT: NO. 5 TENNESSEE at NO. 6 FLORIDA
Rick Clausen came off the bench to outperform Erik Ainge at quarterback in the Vols' opener, so he's been given the starting nod by Volunteer boss Phillip Fulmer. However, Ainge, who was 16-of-24 for 192 yards and three touchdowns versus the Gators last season as a freshman will still see some action.

Florida contingent playing for Top 25 recognition
The state of football in Florida will become much clearer Saturday.

Clausen has name, game
Rick Clausen, brother of a former Vols QB, was thought of as a backup but will start against UF.

Vols' Hannon sees UF as ‘home game'
Tennessee receiver Chris Hannon gets to make a homecoming trip this weekend.

Renewal of Tennessee-Florida rivalry among host of big games
With most teams having two games under their belt, the picture of this college football season is slowly becoming clearer. Giving a nod to Clint Eastwood, here are the early reviews on the Good, Bad and the Ugly we've seen so far.

Despite injuries, Vols linebacker Simon stays strong for his 'idol'
People who don't know Kevin Simon wonder how he does it. They want to know how the Tennessee senior linebacker has fought through three major surgeries, how someone who has studied MRIs as much as he has game film, stays the course.

UF win could help sway top recruits
Picture Brandon Siler, UF's sophomore man-child, wearing solid Tennessee orange. Picture Siler, one of UF's leaders, chasing down Chris Leak instead of Erik Ainge and Rick Clausen this Saturday.

Florida Gator Mike Peterson

Peterson eager for shot at Colts
Most NFL defenders outside New England dread facing Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, but it never gets tiresome for Jaguars middle linebacker Mike Peterson

Florida Gator Justin Midget

Midgett says he'll sign with Firecats
Justin Midgett's punched "Estero" into his NFL MapQuest, but it remains to be seen whether the 20-year-old quarterback's road toward a pro career ever actually bends that way.

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