Gator News And World Report (9/22/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, September 22, 2005. Booth gets it right regardless of boos; Coach Meyer tells his players to be mindful of ball security; Young Gator hoops squad opens five of first six games on the road; 'Bloody Tuesday' yields 3-0 start; Now it really gets tough for Kentucky; Meyer values the football, and the players that do, too; Cornelius has edict; Walk-on water and more....

Florida Gator Football

Booth gets it right regardless of boos
It drew the loudest roar of Saturday night and was the most important moment of the game. And it didn't take place on the football field.

Coach Meyer tells his players to be mindful of ball security
Urban Meyer's priority on ball security was evident by the players who didn't play in the Gators' win over Tennessee last Saturday night.

'Bloody Tuesday' yields 3-0 start
With Urban Meyer, it's all about mental toughness. Can you push through that last mat drill, that last wind sprint, that last bench press when your body is screaming that it can't?

Now it really gets tough for Kentucky
Soured University of Kentucky football fans still seething over the team's 38-14 loss at Indiana on Saturday will forgive and forget on their own timetable.

Meyer values the football, and the players that do, too
Urban Meyer's No.1 rule on offense is simple, really. "The premium of the offense is taking care of the ball," the first-year Florida coach said Wednesday. "I didn't say anything about speed. Not one time did I say vertical jump. Not one time did I say how he looks in pads and what number you wear."

Cornelius has edict
Jemalle Cornelius' role will triple. It's his time at the University of Florida, and he knows it. Junior wide receiver Andre Caldwell went down with a season-ending broken leg against Tennessee last week, so Cornelius must try to replace his fallen teammate.

Secret: Better Coaching
Jeremy Mincey and Marcus Thomas winced last week as the players on the screen kept blowing assignments.

Gators Know What UK Players Are Going Through
Florida players can empathize with the plight of their Kentucky counterparts this season.

'Bloody Tuesdays' have UF in shape
Watch the fourth quarters of Florida's games closely, and you'll notice something interesting. The Gators are running and flying all over the field on every play. There is no huffing, no puffing, no late-game fatigue. This is by design, and it starts with what are called Bloody Tuesdays.

Gators criticized for offensive woes
While Florida's defense continues to receive praise, Urban Meyer's offense has surprisingly received a bit of criticism.

Give it time; UF's offense will break out
It was the penultimate game of a better-than-expected season at Bowling Green. Running Urban Meyer's offense, quarterback Josh Harris had no idea everything was about to become a whole lot better.

Cats don't cower in Gators' shadow
The fact that UK hasn't beat Florida in 18 years - or the Gators' new No. 5 national ranking - isn't discouraging UK's preparation for Saturday's game.

Meyer won't tolerate fumbling at Florida
The No. 1 rule for Urban Meyer's offense is simple, really. Hold on to the ball.

Walk-on water
His dirty brown hair flaring into a puffy tuft, No. 39 and his modest physique trots off the practice field

Former fullback strengthens defensive technique
For defensive end Joe Cohen, a year made a huge difference. Last year, he started 12 games at end and now - with Ray McDonald out for four to six weeks with a partially torn ACL -- he will step back into those starting shoes.

5 toughest venues in college football
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Fla.: Florida Field -- a.k.a. "The Swamp" -- is the Gators' lair. Steve Spurrier's teams lost only five games there in the 1990s. Last week's victory over Tennessee showed that new coach Urban Meyer might be ready to start a streak.

Stellar showing from the Gator 'D'
All the talk about University of Florida head football coach Urban Meyer's offense is sure to intensify after a poor showing Saturday night. But Gator fans should allot the majority of their energy-heaping love upon what appears to be a grade-A defense in Gainesville

Meyer sends O-Line back to school
Gainesville -- GAINESVILLE · They have said the right things this week, punishing themselves in public for their poor play

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Young Gator hoops squad opens five of first six games on the road
Carolyn Peck's young Florida women's basketball team will spend plenty of time on the road to open the 2005-06 season.

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