Gator News And World Report (9/29/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, September 29, 2005. Tide roster glows of Sunshine St.; Will he be well received? Jackson chose Orange and Blue over his native Crimson Tide; WR Jackson Goes For Record In Home State; Croyle hoping to lead Tide to win; Defensive end talks trash; expects win at 'Bama; 'Urban Renewal' undefeated; Gators at Crimson Tide is best weekend game; No. 5 Gators extend streak and more...

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Tide roster glows of Sunshine St.
Due to Alabama's increasing emphasis on recruiting in the Sunshine State, the ripples from Saturday's game against Florida could potentially be felt for years.

Will he be well received? Jackson chose Orange and Blue over his native Crimson Tid
A popular story line this week for Saturday's Florida-Alabama game is this: Former Hoover star Chad Jackson, the Gators' leading receiver, returns home to face Tide and reacquaint with old friends.

Meyer has coached against Shula - when he played QB at Bama
In Urban Meyer's first game as a graduate assistant coach at Ohio State in 1986, the Buckeyes played Alabama and Mike Shula was the starting quarterback for the Tide. Meyer said he wasn't even aware of that until someone mentioned it to him Wednesday.

Going home isn't easy
Now, he must go back. Back to where he won two state championships, back to his friends and family, but most importantly back to where he lost a loved one just three years ago on the football field.

WR Jackson Goes For Record In Home State
Florida WR Chad Jackson will return to his home state this week on pace to shatter one of the Gators' most storied records.

Offensive linemen respond to critics
So maligned two weeks back that its coaches forced them back to the fundamentals, Florida's offensive line has rebounded, its coaches and players say, and may rank as a strength of the squad.

Comforts of home not likely for WR
UF receiver and Alabama native Chad Jackson, who upset locals when he chose to play for the Gators, is bracing for the worst when he returns Saturday.

Silence is golden
Don't look for any more flammable quotes from the Gators. Coach Urban Meyer wasn't pleased about comments defensive end Jeremy Mincey made recently about Alabama, UF's opponent Saturday. Mincey said Alabama isn't as good as Tennessee, which UF defeated Sept. 17, and predicted the outcome ``could be a blowout or just a regular victory.''

Florida WR Jackson braces for tough homecoming
Florida Gators wide receiver Chad Jackson had his reasons for leaving his native Alabama — no snub intended.

Croyle hoping to lead Tide to win
Brodie Croyle knows exactly how Alabama quarterbacks are measured: By wins. Big ones.

Defensive end talks trash; expects win at 'Bama
Apparently, Coach Urban Meyer isn't exactly thrilled with Jeremy Mincey's motor mouth.

'Urban Renewal' undefeated
Florida backup quarterback Josh Portis fumbled near the Kentucky goal line last week, so he did what most freshmen would do. He gingerly jogged off the field with his head pointed to the ground.

Gators at Crimson Tide is best weekend game
FLORIDA TODAY sports copy editor Jim Cawley takes a look at Saturday's five biggest college football games (rankings are based on the USA Today Top 25 poll):

Meyer not upset with trash talk
The bulletin-board battles have begun. During Florida's weekly press conference, defensive end Jeremy Mincey talked a little trash about Alabama.

Meyer not into Mincey's words
UF defensive end Jeremy Mincey talked a little trash about Alabama on Wednesday, saying that Tennessee is a better team and that if the defense plays well, the Gators should come out with a good victory Saturday.

Leak leads Gators against Crimson Tide
Florida's Urban Meyer isn't easily impressed, but quarterback Chris Leak managed to earn a little praise from his coach after his outstanding game at Kentucky.

Recruiting notes
Darrin Walls, one of the nation's top cornerback prospects, said he has narrowed his college choices to Pitt, Michigan, Notre Dame and Florida.

Gators coach seeking more from top receiver
UF wide receiver Chad Jackson is fifth in the country with eight receptions per game. He's 19th in scoring and receiving yards a game. He leads the SEC in average receptions and receiving yards.

Florida Gator Volleyball

Bulldogs Fall To Gators In Three
The Georgia volleyball team fell to fifth-ranked Florida 3-0 (30-26, 30-28, 30-22) on Wednesday night at the Ramsey Center. The loss drops Georgia to 6-6 overall and 1-1 in the SEC. Florida improves to 13-1 and 3-0 in the league.

No. 5 Gators extend streak
The Georgia volleyball team knows how to play with Florida - it's proven that time and time again. Beating the Gators, however, remains as elusive as Bigfoot.

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