Gator News And World Report (10/6/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, October 6, 2005. All by themselves; Bulldogs brace for revenge; QB Portis' role to expand past running the option; Manson ready to run; Chain Reaction; A critical time for Leak; Gators Feel They Can Still Win SEC East; Most unlikely Gator; Manson finally game-ready; Defense readies for All-SEC back;

Florida Gator Football

All by themselves
There was no need to adjust your set when those crimson blurs flashed across your television screen Saturday afternoon. Those were just the Alabama wide receivers searing the Florida secondary.

Bulldogs brace for revenge
The highlight of Sylvester Croom's first season at Mississippi State was a shocking upset of nationally ranked Florida. A year has passed, and now, the Bulldogs expect payback.

QB Portis' role to expand past running the option
True freshman quarterback Josh Portis is taking better care of the ball and is scheduled to see playing time in Saturday's game against Mississippi State, Florida coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday.

Manson ready to run
Although Florida coach Urban Meyer wasn't ready to name Markus Manson the starting running back against Mississippi State on Saturday, he said Manson will definitely play.

Gators notebook
Josh Portis might finally be holding on to the ball better. Portis, who could provides a change of pace at quarterback for the Gators, has been kept out of games because of his tendency to fumble in practice. UF coach Urban Meyer said that is changing, and Portis will play Saturday against Mississippi State.

Top MSU Running Back Says He'll Play With Pain
The Mississippi State player most responsible for the Bulldogs' upset of Florida last year may not be at full speed when the teams face off again Saturday at Florida Field.

Oct. 23, 2004, arrived in Starkville, Miss., with overcast skies. Meteorologists predicted a 40 percent chance of rain for the day, and sure enough, a thunderstorm hit the town late in the afternoon.

No time to panic
It might not be so bad after all for Urban Meyer and the Gators. Less than a week after falling 31-3 to Alabama, Meyer said the Gators actually are further ahead than his Utah team was in its first season under his tutelage.

A critical time for Leak
Quarterback Chris Leak is back in a familiar place, with everything he does followed by a question mark.

This Week's SEC Games
MISSISSIPPI STATE (2-3, 0-3) at No. 13 FLORIDA (4-1, 2-1) 11:30 a.m. Saturday (WJTC) Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field, Gainesville, Fla. -- LINE: Florida by 27

Gators Feel They Can Still Win SEC East
Florida coach Urban Meyer's message to his players following their first loss was simple: the Gators still have a lot to play for this season.

Most unlikely Gator
Name, age: Cam Brewer, 25. Height, weight: 5-foot-7, 163 pounds. Previous experience: High school varsity football (1997). Marine Corps (1998-2004), including two years in Japan, 15 months in Rome and 19 months in New Delhi, India. Personall

Manson finally game-ready
Markus Manson has been running his entire life. Now, he's tired of it. They're called "gassers." Whenever a running back fumbles, he must sprint from sideline to sideline a variable amount of times.

Defense readies for All-SEC back
Jerious Norwood won't be taking anyone by surprise this year. Last season, the Mississippi State running back came out of nowhere to lead the Bulldogs to an upset of UF

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