Gator News And World Report (11/9/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, November 8, 2005. Secondary quandary; Seniors shore up in exhibition win; Three prospects to sign with men's team; Spurrier's last class isn't bitter; Defense fears it will miss Brown's energy; Adventure for Clark begins at UF; INJURY PRONE? Now that UF has lost punt returner Vernell Brown for...; New-look Gators to rely on Noah; Young Gators open season today in tourney; Emotions, tension run high as Gators fans gear up for and more....

Florida Gator Football

Secondary quandary
When it comes to breaking down a secondary and creating ball plays to exploit it, the head ball coach just might be the undisputed king.

Spurrier's last class isn't bitter
Florida linebacker Todd McCullough obviously wants to beat South Carolina on Saturday afternoon. He'd love to win 75-0. But even if the Gators don't beat the Gamecocks in Columbia, the disappointment over losing a chance to play for the Southeastern Conference title won't change what he will say to South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier.

Defense fears it will miss Brown's energy
Defensive back Vernell Brown's leg injury might have an even bigger effect than a reshuffling of Florida's depth chart. Brown, who is out four to six weeks because of a broken fibula, is a senior captain and was called "the face of Florida football" by first-year Gators coach Urban Meyer before the season started

Gators Wary Of Spurrier's Playbook
Florida secondary coach Chuck Heater expects to see Emory and Henry on Saturday.

LB Siler leads Gators on and off field
It's five minutes to kickoff at Florida Field. The marching band rests in formation, a menacing alligator flashes on the video board, and the crowd noise grows to a crescendo that shakes the Swamp.

INJURY PRONE? Now that UF has lost punt returner Vernell Brown for...
Now that UF has lost punt returner Vernell Brown for four to six weeks with a fractured fibula, star receiver Chad Jackson was asked to return punts for much of the Vanderbilt game.

Lewis expects to be targeted
Reggie Lewis doesn't know Steve Spurrier, but he has a good feeling Spurrier knows him. Lewis, a University of Florida cornerback, is familiar enough with Spurrier's success in the passing game to realize he'll be targeting Lewis on Saturday during the Gators' visit to South Carolina.

Jackson rotates into special teams

Emotions, tension run high as Gators fans gear up for game against their old Ball Coach
There is something in the air in central Florida this week besides the humidity. It's a strange, massive angst, a flurry of emotions that seemingly has afflicted nearly everyone in this college town.

Perspective Piece
To capture the extraordinary nature of this game on Saturday in Columbia, one must merely mention two realities that defy the laws of gravity, human nature, and the cosmic balance of existence:

Spurrier uneasy about facing Gators
This is the way Steve Spurrier operates. Last winter, while putting together his first coaching staff at South Carolina, he called an assistant at another school to chat for a bit. Spurrier didn't mention a job offer and didn't call back.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Seniors shore up in exhibition win
The dominance former All-American center Vanessa Hayden once brought to the Gators front court appears to be back. And it's in the form of two hungry seniors.

Florida Gator Basketball

Three prospects to sign with men's team
Florida is expected to ink three basketball players to national letters of intent today. The question remains when, or if, a fourth will sign.

Adventure for Clark begins at UF
Per tradition on the asphalt courts of Rucker Park, the best players in the nation's top playground basketball league receive nicknames from the DJs who narrate each game.

New-look Gators to rely on Noah
oakim Noah has the same dream as any New Yorker who has dribbled a basketball. Only Noah, a Florida Gators sophomore, has a good chance of turning an appearance at Madison Square Garden into a reality. If UF wins two Coaches vs. Cancer Classic regional games in the next two days in Gainesville, it will advance to the tournament's semifinals at the revered New York arena.

Young Gators open season today in tourney
On a flight back from Birmingham, Ala., after Southeastern Conference Media Days, Florida junior guard Lee Humphrey was told how many shots his coach, Billy Donovan, took in his senior year at Providence.

Unranked Gators Open Season
Unranked heading into its opener for the first time since 1997, Florida's men's basketball team begins the season trying to replace the "Big Three" tonight against St. Peter's College in the O'Connell Center.

Florida Gator Soccer

Hanging out with Melanie Booth
Melanie Booth is a 5-foot-8 junior defender/forward for Florida's soccer team. Booth is a native of Burlington, Ontario where she played hockey, basketball, volleyball and soccer in high school. Booth was also a member of the Canadian National Soccer Team and was a member of the country's silver medal team at the 2002 Gold Cup.

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