Gator News And World Report (11/28/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Monday, November 28, 2005. Gators could get Donovan's best start; Gators feel momentum; Frosh paces Gator rout; Florida staying put for NCAAs; Gators Land Commitments From 2 Local Football Stars; With win, UF wows recruits; Win over FSU means possible shot at Independence Bowl; Win over FSU means possible shot at Independence Bowl;

Florida Gator Football

Gators feel momentum
The Florida Gators started reclaiming The Swamp during offseason conditioning this past summer and completed the mission Saturday night with a 34-7 victory over arch-rival Florida State.

Big win turns into UF recruiting gold
Florida's big night in The Swamp on Saturday included more than just the 34-7 victory over arch-rival Florida State.

St. Augustine cornerback makes commitment to UF
St.Augustine High School standout Jacques Rickerson was among three who made football commitments to Florida over the weekend.

Gators Land Commitments From 2 Local Football Stars
Two of the area's top high school prospects are headed to Gainesville. Hillsborough quarterback Jarred Fayson and Zephyrhills cornerback Bryan Thomas both committed to the Gators while on unofficial visits to Florida this weekend. The pair attended the Gators' 34-7 victory against rival Florida State on Saturday.

Gators Ready For Bowl Redemption
Jeremy Mincey had just one complaint as he left Florida Field on Saturday. "I'm mad," the University of Florida senior defensive end said. "I did want one more year."

A perfect prescription for UF
The Florida Gators were jubilant, dancing all over Florida State 34-7 Saturday afternoon. And afterward, it sounded as if the Gators were using the Seminoles like a tonic or some magic elixir that would somehow soothe the pain of their disappointing season.

With win, UF wows recruits
Sitting in The Swamp, watching the University of Florida rout Florida State, top recruit Jarred Fayson had seen enough. When the game ended, Fayson told coach Urban Meyer he had decided to become a Gator — the final straw being a 34-7 win over the Seminoles on Saturday in The Swamp.

Win over FSU means possible shot at Independence Bowl
There is a lot less gnashing of teeth and wringing of hands throughout the Gator Nation today. Disappointment has given way to optimism. Bliss has replaced worry.

Coaching's ups
In the midst of the onfield celebration and the emotional gathering in the locker room after its 34-7 win over Florida State on Saturday night, the magnitude of Florida's win was not lost on coach Urban Meyer .

Noles get defensive
Fallout from a 34-7 loss to UF has begun, with fans calling for Jeff Bowden's firing and coach Bobby Bowden being resentful.

Gators eye bowl, 9-win season
Florida fans and players will be a long way from where their hearts are this weekend, when Georgia plays LSU for the SEC Championship.

Florida Gator Basketball

Gators could get Donovan's best start
Florida has a chance to accomplish something that no team in the Billy Donovan era has done so far. All it would take is a win tonight against a seemingly overmatched opponent.

UF's Hodge coping with loss
He went home to the funeral. He stood over the casket and he wondered how it could all end so suddenly. Then Walter Hodge left his native Puerto Rico and his brother's gravesite to return to the University of Florida and try to figure it all out alone.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Frosh paces Gator rout
Sha Brooks' demeanor rarely wavers on the basketball court. But this even-tempered Florida freshman found herself flashing a wide smile in the first half of Florida's 85-56 win over Stetson Sunday afternoon in the O'Connell Center.

Florida Gator Volleyball

Florida staying put for NCAAs
The Florida Gators had just boarded a connecting flight home Sunday afternoon in Atlanta when welcome news reached them via cell phone.

Florida Gator Alex Brown

Gators, homecoming make DE giddy
It was not a bad weekend to be Alex Brown. The ex-Florida Gator watched his alma mater win a big game Saturday against Florida State, then played arguably the biggest role in the Bears' 13-10 victory Sunday at Tampa Bay.

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