Gator News And World Report (10/12/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, October 12, 2005. Gathering Moss; Jury still out on Urb's O; Spencer goes from player to coach; Leak 'full go' for Tigers; LSU and others are still recovering from Katrina; After two year wait, Nelson finally delivering for Gators; Injury report is quite extensive and more...

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Gathering Moss
Every time their paths cross, Jarvis Moss and Urban Meyer have a moment right out of the movie "Field of Dreams."

Jury still out on Urb's O
UF running back DeShawn Wynn breaks the tackles of Mississippi State's Kevin Dockery (4) and David Heard (23) as Dallas Baker blocks to score a touchdown in the second quarter.

Leak 'full go' for Tigers
Florida quarterback Chris Leak threw without restrictions in practice Tuesday and said he'll be fine for Saturday's game at LSU.

LSU and others are still recovering from Katrina
Tragedies such as the one caused by Hurricane Katrina tend to change priorities on college campuses.

Leak returns to practice for Gators
Florida quarterback Chris Leak returned to practice on Tuesday after missing much of the past week with a sprained right shoulder.

After two year wait, Nelson finally delivering for Gators
Reggie Nelson was an Internet legend long before he ever played a down at Florida.

GATORS NOTEBOOK: QB Leak back to full practice
Florida quarterback Chris Leak on Tuesday returned to full practice for the first time since he aggravated a shoulder injury against Alabama on Oct. 1.

Injuries at wide receiver reveal UF's lack of depth
Florida coach Urban Meyer was in Dan Mullen's ear during the third quarter of last Saturday's home victory over Mississippi State, yelling at his offensive coordinator to get something going with the football.

Leak Says Bruised Shoulder Feeling Better
Florida QB Chris Leak said he went full speed at practice and that his bruised throwing shoulder should be fine for Saturday's game at LSU.

Injury report is quite extensive
Urban Meyer wears a whistle instead of a stethoscope, a T-shirt and shorts rather than scrubs. Yet more and more these days, Meyer sounds more like a doctor than a coach as he discusses his team's most pressing issue: health.

Florida star defensive Ray McDonald, who has been out of action since the Tennessee game with a partially-torn ACL in his knee, returned to practice Tuesday. McDonald, donning shoulder pads, participated in individual but not team drills.

Meyer: Obliged to players' safety
In 17 seasons as a head coach in college, Bill Curry said he rarely hid an injury to a key player from reporters and fans.

LSU's Russell matures as a QB
LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell has gone from a coach's nightmare to practically a coach on the field.

UF getting healthy
It was a much better "bloody Tuesday" than usual for the Florida Gators

Gators seeing Green
With the memory of Alabama's Tyrone Prothro burning the Gators' secondary still fresh in his mind, UF coach Urban Meyer realizes the secondary is in for another stiff challenge against Louisiana State senior receiver Skyler Green.

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Florida Gator Jimmy Spencer

Spencer goes from player to coach
It had been more than 30 years since someone took the field on Sunday and then gathered the team for film study and practice on Monday. In 2003, Jimmy Spencer became the first professional football player since Dan Reeves in 1970 to be elected a player-coach when Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan offered to let Spencer serve as the defensive backs coach.

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