Gator News And World Report (10/20/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, October 20, 2005. Give coaches some time before pulling out sofa bed; Offensive whine; No. 1 singles player to graduate early for pro tour; Reggie Nelson to start at free safety; Recruiting deficit at UF?; UF still in race for top QB and more....

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Give coaches some time before pulling out sofa bed
Is anybody happy?I guess it's one of those things that makes college football the best sport in the world - the passion of the fans. Of course, passion has two sides and with ecstasy comes agony. For every gloater there is a grouser.

Offensive whine
During all this offensive carnage, the blame has shifted back and forth all season, from position to position, from coach to coach on the Florida offense.

Reggie Nelson to start at free safety
Urban Meyer loves playmakers and this week he's made a move designed to put one of his best on the field.

GATORS NOTEBOOK: UF turns to Nelson at free safety
After seven games as a backup cornerback, Florida sophomore Reggie Nelson is going back to what he knows best -- playing safety. Nelson earned two All-State honors as a safety at Melbourne Palm Bay High School.

Meyer's tears are uncharacteristic
With the cameras lights on, the microphones live and the tape recorder dials spinning, Florida Coach Urban Meyer started to squirm.

Tight end revisited?
After catching four touchdowns as a true freshman in 2004, tight end Tate Casey has been practically nonexistent in UF's passing game this year.

Recruiting deficit at UF?
The sales pitch for Florida Gators recruits remains appealing but could be adjusted during the coming weeks.

Gators' offense is down right offensive
University of Florida head football coach Urban Meyer apparently has no plans to bench QB Chris Leak no matter how poorly he plays. One has to wonder, then, if the coach will consider "benching" his spread option offense, which is obviously the root of all Leak's woes this season.

UF still in race for top QB
Sunday at the Tebow house is ice cream day. Tim's flavor of choice? Edy's cookie dough.

Gators find coverage in punter
Gators trivia: Who was the first player Coach Urban Meyer mentioned after UF's 21-17 loss to Louisiana State?

Florida Gator Tennis

No. 1 singles player to graduate early for pro tour
Jennifer Magley came to Florida with the dream of one day ascending into the world of professional tennis. Few people expected her rise to happen so quickly.

Florida Gator David Eckstein

For Eckstein, two strikes is when the fun starts
Hitting with two strikes is white-knuckle time for most batters. Not David Eckstein. The St. Louis Cardinals shortstop and UF graduate was second in the NL batting with two strikes, hitting .279 with six of his eight homers and 37 of his 61 RBIs. But his biggest two-strike at-bat was Monday, when he hit a 1-2 slider from Houston's Brad Lidge for a single with two outs and nobody on in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the NL championship series, setting the stage for Albert Pujols' dramatic three-run homer.

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