Gator News And World Report (10/18/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Tuesday, October 18, 2005. This Florida offense is easy to play against; Offense frustrates Mullen; Soccer's chances for SEC title fading and more...

Florida Gator Football

This Florida offense is easy to play against
With five words, Urban Meyer said what everybody had been trying to tell him since he took the job as Florida's football coach whether it be to his face or in cyberspace.

Offense frustrates Mullen
In one way, Dan Mullen is no different than the fans who are burning up the phones lines on talk radio and posting on Internet chat rooms complaining about Florida's lack of offensive production. He's the offensive coordinator and he's plenty frustrated, too.

Coach: players aren't taking advantage of big-play breaks
One of the main reasons Florida's offense has been struggling is that the Gators are not making big plays. They've been close, offensive coordinator Dan Mullen said, but that isn't cutting it.

Leak's Fundamentals Lacking Against LSU
Poor mechanics hurt QB Chris Leak's performance in Florida's 21-17 loss at LSU, Gators offensive coordinator Dan Mullen said Monday.

Gators Still Have Numerous Woes
THE GAME: As bad as it looked against Alabama, Coach Urban Meyer's offense struggled even more Saturday in a 21-17 loss at LSU. The Gators managed 11 first downs and 206 total yards, and were just 2-of-16 on third-down chances. Down four points in the fourth quarter, with four possessions to re-take the lead, UF and QB Chris Leak never crossed their 30. Five forced turnovers marked a season-high, and five sacks, including three from DE Jarvis Moss, rattled LSU QB JaMarcus Russell.

QB confused by reports of his confusion
Florida's Chris Leak denied a report that he said he was confused by coach Urban Meyer's offense and has lost confidence. 'I never said that,' he said.

Meyer's Oprah act won't play in SEC
Urban Meyer was reduced to tears after Florida's 21-17 loss to LSU on Saturday at Tiger Stadium. The Gators' wunderkind first-year coach evidently hasn't learned a fundamental rule of the Southeastern Conference.

Gators continue to be haunted by mental breakdowns
With just more than four minutes remaining and staring at a 21-17 deficit, the Gators have possession. It's first-and-10 from their own 16.

Gators' loss is a crying shame
The tears tell you Urban Meyer's confidence is shaken. Meyer has calculated every move since he came to Florida, but you know he didn't anticipate this.

Florida Gator Basketball

Fresh plans
Once again, the Gators need freshmen to step in and contribute. A season ago, Florida relied on a talented freshman class for intangibles, leaving the scoring to the veteran trio of Matt Walsh, Anthony Roberson and David Lee.

Richard looks to live up to promise
As the third Mr. Florida Basketball to play for Billy Donovan, Chris Richard has been expected to star for the Gators since he arrived in Gainesville two years ago.

Florida Gator Keiwan Ratliff

Ratliff, Bengals coming on
Keiwan Ratliff may have a big NFL salary, a big game and some big accolades, but the 2004 Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year isn't getting a big head.

Florida Gator Soccer

Soccer's chances for SEC title fading
They began the season as the coaches' pick to win the SEC soccer title. But with three regular-season matches left, Florida's title hopes are looking dim.

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