Gator News And World Report (11/8/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Tuesday, November 8, 2005. Another SEC title has Gators wanting more; Making his point; Gators get some good, bad news on injured players; Gators earn at-large NCAA berth and host two rounds; Gators will debut full-court defense; Florida's Baker has broken rib, punctured lung; Spurrier has no time for the hype; SEC loses punch as defense moves to forefront and more...

Florida Gator Football

Spurrier's shadow
The specter of Steve Spurrier is all around them. His Heisman Trophy is on display in the locker room area and the pictures of his championship teams adorn the walls. Outside, in the south end zone, his name and Florida jersey are painted on the stadium.

Gators get some good, bad news on injured players
Starting wide receiver Dallas Baker sustained a broken rib and a punctured lung in Florida's win over Vanderbilt and it appears he will miss Saturday's game at South Carolina. Baker also re-injured his sprained ankle in the Vandy game.

Vandy coach doesn't get celebration rule
Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson knows one thing for sure. He just doesn't understand the rule regarding excessive celebration.

Florida's Baker has broken rib, punctured lung
Florida receiver Dallas Baker could miss Saturday's game at South Carolina because of a broken rib and a punctured lung.

Spurrier has no time for the hype
The hype for Steve Spurrier's head coaching debut against his alma mater and the school he led to a national title is starting to build.

Injury scrambles secondary
Florida's fate in the Southeastern Conference race might now depend on how well the Gators can shore up their secondary in the wake of the injury to senior cornerback Vernell Brown.

Recruits Face Former Coach
Jarvis Herring leaned against the wall of a crowded hallway in a Hoover, Ala., hotel in July when a familiar face zoomed by, chased by more than 20 camera-toting stragglers.

SEC loses punch as defense moves to forefront
The preseason buzz said the Southeastern Conference would gain notice for its offenses in 2005. With offensive gurus Urban Meyer at Florida and Steve Spurrier at South Carolina, points would be plenty, especially in those two programs.

UF's Baker likely out
If the Gators hope to defeat South Carolina on Saturday and attempt to win the SEC East, they'll likely have to do it without one of their top receivers.

Who do you love?
The Ol' Ball Coach is back, not that he really ever left — his Heisman Trophy, championship hardware and retired jersey in the stadium he nicknamed are a permanent stamp on the program he built.

Gators hurting, but still in hunt
When the Florida Gators take the field Saturday at South Carolina, they could be playing for a spot in the SEC Championship game. Having that opportunity in the month of November is exactly what Florida coach Urban Meyer hoped for his team before the season started.

Tuesday morning quarterback
While nothing is easier for a populace that's never donned a whistle or held a ball-strike clicker to bellyache about what they actually didn't see, the howling Saturday from Gainesville, Fla. and in Nashville, Tenn. is justified

Secondary fill-in to bear heavier burden
You thought Reggie Lewis was big last weekend? It gets even bigger for him now. With the loss of senior Vernell Brown (broken leg), the safety will step into a starting role in one of the biggest games of the season

Got a minute? Brandon Siler, SO., LB
Do you know anybody from Auburn, and are you an Auburn fan now? I don't know anybody from Auburn right now. I'm a Gator fan. I hope Auburn wins, but I'm a Gator fan. (Florida needs a win at South Carolina and an Auburn win over Georgia to clinch the SEC East.)

Spurrier to face the last of his era
Florida senior center Mike Degory was making the rounds at the SEC Media Days in August, when he heard a familiar voice.

Final exam for Meyer
The education of Urban Meyer arrives this week at its final exam.

Gainesville To Take On Shade Of Auburn
Urban Meyer isn't sure if he knows Tommy Tuberville well enough to place a phone call. But maybe Hallmark makes something appropriate for a coach looking to send a heartfelt greeting to a colleague.

Degory craves SEC title
Back in late July, Steve Spurrier was walking through the halls of a Birmingham, Ala., hotel during SEC media days and he looked up to see Florida center Mike Degory, a graduate of Palm Bay High School, standing nearby.

Florida Gator Volleyball

Another SEC title has Gators wanting more
You could take this as an insult, as a way of demeaning an incredible achievement.

Florida Gator Basketball

Making his point
Keydren Clark will begin his senior year with a chance to join elite college basketball company.

Florida Gator Soccer

Gators earn at-large NCAA berth and host two rounds
Becky Burleigh was a bundle of nerves on Monday. The Gators coach feared this would be 2002 all over again and her team would be left out of the NCAA Soccer Tournament.

FSU is a soccer seed, but UF hosts
Early Monday, Florida soccer coach Becky Burleigh was unsure whether the Gators would receive a bid to the NCAA women's tournament. By Monday night, the Gators were stunned to find out not only are they in the tournament, they are playing at home.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Gators will debut full-court defense
Carolyn Peck says her new style of defense isn't intended to force turnovers. It's purpose is to be disruptive and nagging. A full-court of harassment.

Florida Gator Dick Stratton

TV personality worked hard for Jacksonville
Richard "Dick" Stratton, recalled by many as the first local personality to grace Jacksonville's television airways in the 1950s and whose love of sports and people kept him as one of the most recognizable faces on Jacksonville TV for more than four decades, is being remembered today as a man who gave back to the community much more than he took.

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