Gator News And World Report (11/2/2005)

THe Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, November 2, 2005. UF finds fifth starter on D-line: Marcus Thomas' belly; Carriers must follow technique to handle ball; Siler, Baker miss practice for Gators; They're in the game; UF-UGa TV outdraws Jaguars; Billy's back on offense; Practice making perfect for Casey; Gators' Choice Of Offense Concerns Vanderbilt and more....

Florida Gator Football

Everyone has a plan to fix BCS
It would be good, and right, if Bernie Machen, the Ute who became University of Florida president, would e-mail his fellow commandants from Division I football schools, making this courageous declaration: "HI, DUDES ..

UF finds fifth starter on D-line: Marcus Thomas' belly
Florida's defensive front four has grown into a front five. There's a new starter. He's big, he's tough, has a tendency to growl and he's hungry.

Carriers must follow technique to handle ball
Florida has lost only four fumbles this season. The story behind that stat is the skill players don't even get a chance to play unless they know how to properly hold a football.

Siler, Baker miss practice for Gators
Florida linebacker Brandon Siler and receiver Dallas Baker missed practice Monday with ankle injuries.

They're in the game
Backups become superstars. Titles are finally taken. Anything is possible for college players when they become characters in a video game.

UF-UGa TV outdraws Jaguars
Saturday's Florida-Georgia at Alltel Stadium drew a higher television rating in the Jacksonville market for the week than Sunday's Jaguars-St. Louis game.

Billy's back on offense
With Urban Meyer coming to town, Billy Latsko was lost. He played fullback under the Ron Zook regime, but Urban Meyer wasn't planning on using one much.

Practice making perfect for Casey
Tight end Tate Casey's lack of production in the passing game in the season's first seven games is because of his lack of production in practice, Florida coach Urban Meyer said.

Here's The Scoop On Gators' Defense
The University of Florida has used a 12th player for nearly every defensive down this season. It's shocking no one has noticed, especially considering this stuffer of runs and chaser of quarterbacks is respected by his teammates, feared by his opponents and adored by UF's female population.

Gators' Choice Of Offense Concerns Vanderbilt
One side effect of Florida's offensive transformation will bother opposing coaches. They don't know whether the Gators will run a spread offense or the more conservative scheme they used to beat Georgia.

Defense finds way to gut out success
And now, from the file of Florida football foolishness, we present you DT Marcus Thomas and his belly.

Just when the Gators seemed to have developed some rhythm in their passing game, another receiver is ailing.

Thomas' soft middle solidifies UF defense
An inactive off-season has led to a productive regular season for University of Florida junior defensive tackle Marcus Thomas. And Thomas' play has helped the Gators' defense become one of the best in the nation.

Florida Gator Basketball

Starting anew
The first glimpse of the Florida basketball program in the post Anthony Roberson, Matt Walsh, David Lee-era produced a few pleasant surprises and a few concerns.

Gators hit from inside and outside
Florida gets 34 points from post players and sinks 10 3-pointers in exhibition rout of Embry-Riddle.

Donovan disappointed in second half
Tipping off the season against a Division II NAIA school, the outcome of UF's first exhibition game was decided around the time it was scheduled

Florida Gator Volleyball

Hanging out with Jane Colllymore
Jane Collymore is a 6-foot senior All-American outside hitter on Florida's sixth-ranked volleyball team. The 21-year-old Collymore was born in Los Angeles and went to high school in the Denver suburb of Englewood, Colo., where she was a standout on the Front Range Juniors club volleyball team

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