Gator News And World Report (11/17/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, November 17, 2005. A Men labor in pursuit of growing as a team; Illness doesn't deter tenacious Gator; Lack of depth forcing Meyer to resort to different offense; Donovan's word for Humphrey: Shoot!; B-CC Is A Second Chance For Charles; UF's Donovan One Call Away From Wall Street; Peck Knows Pressure; Meyer Works On Strengthening Offense; Unsung Gators vow to defy polls; Meyer satisfied with Leak's performance and more...

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A Men labor in pursuit of growing as a team
Joakim Noah was looking forward to show some of his Florida teammates the old neighborhoods and playgrounds in Brooklyn where he used to hang out and play basketball.

Lack of depth forcing Meyer to resort to different offense
After having played in 10 games, Urban Meyer should have a good idea of how Chris Leak compares to former quarterbacks Josh Harris at Bowling Green and Alex Smith at Utah.

B-CC Is A Second Chance For Charles
Taurean Charles stood near the pulpit at Abiding Faith Christian Church one Sunday last year.

UF's Donovan One Call Away From Wall Street
Billy Donovan saw them every day on his way to high school. They stood in neat rows, their breath tumbling out into the freezing air. They wore suits and frowns.

Meyer Works On Strengthening Offense
With his team strapped by injuries and personnel issues, Florida coach Urban Meyer hasn't seen his spread-option offense blossom the way he intended at season's beginning.

Meyer satisfied with Leak's performance
After 10 games, Florida head coach Urban Meyer should have a good idea of how Chris Leak compares to Meyer's former quarterbacks, Josh Harris at Bowling Green and Alex Smith at Utah.

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Illness doesn't deter tenacious Gator
At first glance Jessica Jackson appears to be modeling the latest in wireless communication devices. Strapped to her waistline is a small rectangular piece of plastic that resembles a pager.

Peck Knows Pressure
Former University of Florida baseball coach Andy Lopez went 278-159-1 in seven seasons and went to the College World Series twice. Former Florida gymnastics coach Judi Markell led the Gators to the NCAA meet nine times in 10 seasons. Former Florida softball coach Karen Johns went 192-131 in five seasons.

Florida Gator Basketball

Donovan's word for Humphrey: Shoot!
Florida coach Billy Donovan would love to be able to fit Lee Humphrey with a tiny microphone, fit snug in the junior guard's ear.

Gators challenge Wake
They call Madison Square Garden the greatest arena in the world. Two coaches in this tournament are legends. And the three other teams in the field look to be locks for the NCAA Tournament.

Unsung Gators vow to defy polls
They've seen the polls, read the magazines, listened to the talk shows. Realistically? Not very many people expect Florida (2-0) to compete with the nation's best this season

Gators to take on Wake in NYC
Before Billy Donovan was the dean of Southeastern Conference coaches, before he lead UF to the Final Four or a SEC Tournament championship, he was a stock broker.

Noah returns home in a starring role
The first Ali-Frazier fight in 1971. Willis Reed limping onto the court in Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals. Mark Messier lifting the Stanley Cup high over his head in 1994.

Deacons expect Gators to press
Coach Billy Donovan of Florida excused himself Tuesday from a teleconference promoting tonight's game with No. 19 Wake Forest to conduct a scheduled practice

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