Gator News And World Report (11/30/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, November 30, 2005. November 30. 2005 6:01AM Graceful and gruesome; Leak, C. Jackson to mull NFL Draft; Gators find focus grinding it out on the road to start season; Which bowl game will it be for the Gators?; UF's Thomas, Jackson will file NFL paperwork; UF Has Shot At Outback Bowl; Several Gators Consider Their NFL Options; Meyer is wary about juniors entering draft and more...

Florida Gator Football

Leak, C. Jackson to mull NFL Draft
A considerable chunk of Florida's offense is exploring the possibility of leaving early for the NFL. Quarterback Chris Leak and wide receiver Chad Jackson - who hooked up for an Southeastern Conference-leading 81 receptions this season - are two of at least four UF juniors expected to gather information from the NFL concerning their potential status in the spring draft.

Which bowl game will it be for the Gators?
Which bowl is Florida headed to? The Gators will find out for sure when invitations are officially handed out Sunday. Here are the leading destinations:

UF's Thomas, Jackson will file NFL paperwork
Florida junior defensive tackle Marcus Thomas said Tuesday that he will not jump to the NFL this season. However, the former Mandarin High standout has filed paperwork with the NFL to see where he is likely to be drafted.

UF Has Shot At Outback Bowl
Don't book those plane tickets to Shreveport, La., just yet, University of Florida fans. The Gators still have a chance to ring in the new year in Tampa.

Several Gators Consider Their NFL Options
Florida DT Marcus Thomas, WR Chad Jackson and CB Dee Webb plan to consider the possibility of forgoing their senior seasons to jump to the NFL, but all three said they are leaning toward returning for next season.

Meyer is wary about juniors entering draft
Urban Meyer has seen it before -- a talented-but-developing redshirt sophomore or junior is ''promised'' by outsiders that he will be a first-, second- or third-round draft pick in the NFL, only to wind up out of football before his 21st birthday.

Fidelity Federal Ad! UF Juniors consider NFL Draft
The NFL waters look inviting to a handful of University of Florida juniors. None of them has decided to jump in, but defensive tackle Marcus Thomas is the first to stick in his toe.

Florida-Florida State Players Suspended For Fighting
Under NCAA rules, any player ejected for fighting during halftime or in the second half is automatically suspended for the first half of the following game

UF erases doubt in Thomas
Bryan Thomas left Gainesville with a pounding heart. The Zephyrhills star had spent four days, and $300, for a chance to dazzle coaches with speed, strength and aptitude beneath an intense June sun.

Florida's Jackson may make move to NFL
Florida wide receiver Chad Jackson, eight catches from breaking the school's single-season record, said Tuesday he may test the NFL waters.

NFL Draft may affect UF
Urban Meyer's seen it before - a talented but developing redshirt sophomore or junior is "promised" by all sorts of outsiders that he will be a first, second or third-round draft pick in the NFL, only to wind up out of football before his 21st birthday.

Florida Gator Volleyball

Graceful and gruesome
Rachel Engel may hold the distinction as the toughest Florida Gator. She took the volleyball equivalent of a Mike Tyson overhand to the face during the 2003 final four in Dallas.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Gators find focus grinding it out on the road to start season
The Florida Gators are feeling a little bit like it's the 2003-04 campaign all over again. Two seasons ago, the women's basketball team opened with nine of its first 10 games on the road.

Florida Gator Baseball

Injury could bench Kubin for '06
Season-ending arm injuries seem to have become contagious on the UF baseball team. Well, at least in one Museum Walk apartment.

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