Gator News And World Report (10/5/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, October 5, 2005. Finding the threat; Gators find hotel rooms for LSU game; Manson Getting Down And Dirty For Chance; Freshman angles for position; Gators make adjustments for travel after Hurricane Katrina; Special to coaches, walk-ons are key; UF learns from loss; Growl promoters reach out to all Gators and more...

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Finding the threat
Wide receivers are usually happiest when they're catching passes, piling up the receiving yards and scoring touchdowns.

Gators find hotel rooms for LSU game
The Florida Gators are going to have a place to stay in Baton Rouge after all. UF has secured 30 hotel rooms in Baton Rouge and another 30 in Lafayette, La., (about 50 miles from Baton Rouge) for next weekend's game against LSU. The team will stay in Baton Rouge, while UF administrative staff members will use the rooms in Lafayette, associate athletic director Greg McGarity said Tuesday.

October is best time of year
What a cool time of year. October. Mornings beginning to deliver delightful hints of Florida heat abating after three, four or five months of sticky summer scorch.

Brutal stretch winds down for Mississippi State
Another week, another angry, ranked opponent for the Mississippi State Bulldogs. This time, the No. 13 Florida Gators figure to remember two notable losses - a 38-31 defeat at Mississippi State last season, and a 31-3 loss at Alabama last week.

Gators still feel Starkville's sting
To reach the visitor's locker room at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium, you must walk up a flight of stairs. At the top is an expansive landing that overlooks the field.

UF captain Herring says defeat 'served a purpose'
Florida captain Jarvis Herring obviously didn't want to lose to Alabama on Saturday, but he said it served a purpose. "Some of the stuff [Gators coach Urban Meyer] talks about sometimes, the guys finally really bought into it," Herring said. "Some of the stuff he tells us, you think this isn't true, or 'this can't be real.'

Manson Getting Down And Dirty For Chance
Judging by the dirt on Markus Manson's arms and the grass stains on his uniform Monday, Florida coach Urban Meyer made good on his promise to give the redshirt freshman tailback more work.

Dickey hasn't had chance to produce
The day after Andre Caldwell broke his leg, Florida Coach Urban Meyer floated potential replacements for his star's production at wide receiver.

MIXED SIGNALS
After Alabama's 31-3 rout against Florida, several Crimson Tide players said they were able to read UF's audibles.

Freshman angles for position
University of Florida coach Urban Meyer opened the hole, and freshman running back Markus Manson has rushed right in with a strong bid for the starting tailback job.

Poor ol' Zooker is to blame for world's troubles
It's Zook's fault. It always is. You knew it would come to this. On the day after Alabama pummeled Florida 31-3, a sports radio host in Gainesville told me that Florida's shortcomings were due in part because, "Ron Zook was vastly overrated as a recruiter."

Gators make adjustments for travel after Hurricane Katrina
Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Florida will split its traveling party in half for hotel accommodations next Friday before the LSU game in Baton Rouge.

Special to coaches, walk-ons are key
The Southeastern Conference is known as one of the most talent-rich football leagues in the country. But with scholarship limits at 85 and a brutal season filled with injuries, games can sometimes come down to athletes who don't receive any aid.

UF learns from loss
Gators captain Jarvis Herring obviously didn't want to lose against Alabama Saturday, but he said it served a purpose. "Some of the stuff [Coach Urban Meyer] talks about sometimes, the guys finally really bought into it," Herring said. "Some of the stuff he tells us, you think ?this isn't true' or ?this can't be real.'

Gators secondary struggles with zone
All it took was two plays. Two long touchdown plays by Alabama, and before Tide receiver Keith Brown can turn a short pass into a 65-yard touchdown, UF's secondary is suddenly in question.

Patience, people
I see it's taken all of one loss to get folks in Florida all lathered up about what's wrong with head coach Urban Meyer and the Gators, who were pummeled by Alabama 31-3 on Saturday in Tuscaloosa.

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Growl promoters reach out to all Gators
The first-ever Gator Growl Ticket Chomp will swarm over the North Lawn of the Reitz Union this afternoon, reminding students to buy tickets to the nation's largest student-run pep rally this Friday.

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