Gator News And World Report (9/27/2005)

Gator News and World Report for Tuesday, September 27, 2005. Handling with care; Mincey fills bulletin board; FSU coach mulls over changes to baseball rivalry; Tide has less talent than Volunteers; UF's Manson Balances Football, Fatherhood; Back To Basics For O-Line; Latsko Makes Smooth Transition To Offense; UF backs still vie for position; Young Wildcats bitten early by Gators' chomp and more...

Florida Gator Football

Handling with care
hrough four games, his numbers are big and impressive: 81 completions, 1,037 yards passing, nine touchdowns and a pass efficiency rating of 173.5.

Mincey fills bulletin board
At Florida's weekly media gathering, senior defensive end Jeremy Mincey offered up some excellent bulletin board material that no doubt will find its way to Tuscaloosa - and the Tide's locker room - this week.

Tide LBs getting raves
DeMeco Ryans racked up the tackles, Juwan Simpson collected the potentially game-saving interception and Freddie Roach was in position for a few picks, too.

Tough to pick on Leak performance
Urban Meyer didn't want to talk about it. Florida's coach just shook his head in disgust when he was asked about quarterback Chris Leak's

Tide has less talent than Volunteers
As bulletin board material goes, it's pretty lame, but Florida defensive end Jeremy Mincey provided the first bit of it on Monday. Mincey said Tennessee -- which the Gators beat 16-7 on Sept. 17 -- has more talent than unbeaten Alabama.

UF's Manson Balances Football, Fatherhood
You aren't old enough to understand this yet, but someday you will. All you know right now is that your dad is coming home this week.

Back To Basics For O-Line
Florida offensive line coach John Hevesy said Monday he found the culprit for the blocking woes the Gators seemed to solve last week against Kentucky: himself.

Latsko Makes Smooth Transition To Offense
Billy Latsko's initial conversations with first-year University of Florida coach Urban Meyer confirmed what Latsko had noticed while watching Meyer's Utah team. Fullback -- the junior's position for two seasons -- didn't exist in Meyer's offense.

Latsko heads back to offense
For a former walk-on whose position was eliminated in the offseason, Florida's Billy Latsko is suddenly one of the more productive players on the team.

Tough road for Gators starts with trip to 'Bama
When looking for answers, Urban Meyer turns to winners — coaches like Paul "Bear" Bryant, the Alabama legend.

Receiver knows about Tide
The majority of his teammates have never been to Bryant-Denny Stadium and have to rely on what they've heard about the legendary Alabama program.

Schedule brutal in October
Saturday, the calendar changes to October, and the Gators will christen its arrival by playing at No. 15 Alabama that afternoon. The Gators' goals may change, too, by the time Halloween arrives at month's end.

Bear's shadow endures
The Ghost of the Bear may never go into hibernation in the state of Alabama.

Gators offense to get major test from Crimson Tide
In the days leading up to UF's season-opener against Wyoming, Coach Urban Meyer drilled the same mantra in each of his players heads: Put an emphasis on preparation and it will pay off on Saturdays.

UF backs still vie for position
Although DeShawn Wynn may have become the first player in UF history to score four touchdowns twice in his career after accomplishing the feat against Kentucky, both head coach Urban Meyer and running backs coach Stan Drayton said the Gators will use a committee of running backs for now.

Guard play still a concern for Meyer
It's still got a ways to go in some areas, but Florida's offense finally has started producing the kind of numbers that were expected when Urban Meyer took over as coach this season.

Young Wildcats bitten early by Gators' chomp
Too young, too soon, was the consensus from UK football coaches about the Wildcats' poor second quarter performance against Florida Saturday.

Florida Gator Baseball

FSU coach mulls over changes to baseball rivalry
The Florida-Florida State baseball rivalry was never more frenzied than last June when the teams met at McKethan Stadium in a Super Regional.

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