Gator News And World Report (11/3/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, November 3, 20005. Baker misses practice again; Defense carrying Gators' title hopes; Meyer says he 'can't see' a letdown against Vanderbilt; Casey Works His Way Into Offensive Scheme; Wilbur a Ray Guy award semifinalist; Ex-Gator stars share spotlight; Gators' Mincey impressive after bleak start; Moss is happy to be back on field; UF receivers banged up; SEC soccer tourney all about survival and more...

Florida Gator Football

Baker misses practice again
Florida receiver Dallas Baker missed his second consecutive practice Tuesday because of a sprained right ankle.

Defense carrying Gators' title hopes
Florida coach Urban Meyer isn't content to score just two or three touchdowns per game -- he wants 50 points on the scoreboard every week -- but he knows that might be all he gets because of the offense's continuing struggles.

Meyer says he 'can't see' a letdown against Vanderbilt
Florida beat Georgia last Saturday and has South Carolina and Steve Spurrier looming on Nov.12, and Saturday's game against Vanderbilt falls right in the middle.

Casey Works His Way Into Offensive Scheme
A return to a more traditional role also has meant a re-emergence as a legitimate pass-catching threat for Florida TE Tate Casey.

Wilbur a Ray Guy award semifinalist
The news made Eric Wilbur stop, cock his head to the right and then smile. The Trinity Prep grad and UF punter, who spent September in a self-labeled slump, rallied enough to be named one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, awarded annually to the best player at his position.

UF's Baker still hurting
It doesn't look like receiver Dallas Baker's ankle is improving. Baker, who injured his right ankle in Florida's 14-10 victory over Georgia on Saturday, is still on crutches.

Gators' Mincey impressive after bleak start
There are long shots, and then there's Florida Gators defensive end Jeremy Mincey. Mincey looked more like a no shot as a high school junior, looking to gain some discipline and direction in life from football.

Moss is happy to be back on field
Jarvis Moss, one of the top high school football players in the nation, awoke in the fall of 2002 and attempted to climb out of bed.

UF receivers banged up
Florida's wide receiving corps, which has been plagued by injuries and a lack of depth all season, may be taking another hit this weekend against Vanderbilt.

In an about-face, UF turns to defense
For months after Urban Meyer arrived in Gainesville, talk centered around his unusual spread offense.

Meyer changing offense in baby steps
University of Florida head football coach Urban Meyer displayed at least some willingness to change his offense during the Gators 14-10 win over Georgia Saturday in Jacksonville. Meyer pretty much canned the empty backfield set, which was destined to can quarterback Chris Leak's career had he not, and the offensive line obviously felt more comfortable with the blocking scheme, as evidenced by the gaping holes they created for RB DeShawn Wynn.

Florida Gator Basketball

Ex-Gator stars share spotlight
The Florida Gators were well-represented at Wednesday's game with five players — Miami's Udonis Haslem, Jason Williams and Matt Walsh, and Memphis' Mike Miller and Anthony Roberson.

Florida Gator Soccer

SEC soccer tourney all about survival
Such is the mindset of coaches and players as the eight best Southeastern Conference women's soccer teams converge today for the 13th annual SEC Tournament in Orange Beach, Ala.

Fightin Gators Top Stories