Gator News And World Report (12/14/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, December 14, 2005. Gator hoops setting solid foundation; The Tebow promise; NCAA volleyball may have found home; Meyer ironing out backup QB role; Tebow chooses Florida; Going, going ... to Gators; Gators' depth chart at QB springs Leak after starter; Meyer Adds His Prize Recruit In Dual-Threat QB Tebow; Gators Looking For A Backup; `Florida seemed like the right thing to do' and more...

Florida Gator Football

The Tebow promise
It's official. Tim Tebow will be a Gator. If you read message boards, the savior from St. Augustine will be arriving soon. But how often does high school production (and the hype that comes with it) translate to the college game?

Meyer ironing out backup QB role
Gavin Dickey and Cornelius Ingram were throwing passes in practice Tuesday morning. They were also catching passes.

Tebow chooses Florida
High school football star Tim Tebow said Tuesday that will attend the University of Florida.

Going, going ... to Gators
Tim Tebow was still torn between Florida and Alabama on Tuesday afternoon, less than an hour before he was to appear on ESPNews to announce a decision that had fans of both schools on edge

Nease students support their quarterback
Once Nease High School quarterback Tim Tebow announced his decision to go to the University of Florida, it was apparent that his choice was heavily favored.

Gators' depth chart at QB springs Leak after starter
There's still one game to be played before Tim Tebow arrives at Florida.

Meyer Adds His Prize Recruit In Dual-Threat QB Tebow
Tim Tebow, television documentary subject and owner of the left arm that launched 32 touchdown passes and about a million Internet message board posts this fall, hasn't let the college football recruiting process jade him.

Gators Looking For A Backup
Quarterback Tim Tebow might be on the way, but the University of Florida still has one more game before this year's Florida Mr. Football joins the roster.

Tebow decides to be a Gator
Tim Tebow, considered the nation's best high school quarterback by many recruiting services, is going to Florida.

Tebow stakes football future with the Gators
There were 200-some friends, teammates and supporters sitting below him in the auditorium and above him in the balcony.

After all the silliness, the choice is obvious
Just as the packed high school auditorium roared as pigskin prodigy Tim Tebow announced to a national TV audience that he would sign with the University of Florida, one of those big inflatable mascots sprung a leak and the little guy inside the rubber suit struggled to get out.

QB Tebow picks Gators
The Tim Tebow sweepstakes is over, and Florida has won the grand prize. The St. Augustine Nease senior quarterback made his college decision at about 5:10 p.m. Tuesday, ending months of anticipation.

Tebow chooses Gators
Florida Gators recruit Tim Tebow was hoping for something to make his decision clear. Instead, the highly coveted quarterback discovered his college choice was going to be a lot tougher — and messier.

Tebow Decides to Stay Home
Tim Tebow kept everyone waiting until the last possible minute. No one -- not his fans, friends, coaches or even family members -- knew where Tebow, widely considered the top prep quarterback in the country, was headed until he announced his decision to play for the Florida Gators on national television Tuesday afternoon.

`Florida seemed like the right thing to do'
The nation's No. 1 quarterback prospect, Tim Tebow, broke down and cried when he called Alabama head coach Mike Shula shortly before 3:30 p.m. CST Tuesday from Nease High School in St. Augustine, Fla., according to Tebow's mother.

Give Shula credit, not criticism
Mike Shula will be on the receiving end of some harsh teeth-gnashing and criticism from broken-hearted members of the Alabama nation starting today

Signature loss
Alabama coach Mike Shula scored what the media called his first "signature" win this season over Florida

Top QB says he'll play at Florida
Nease High (Fla.) quarterback Tim Tebow ended the drama six weeks early by announcing he would sign a letter of intent to play college football at the University of Florida.

Losing top recruit Tebow likely won't leave Tide void of QBs
The first clue for Alabama fans should have been the wardrobe. Tim Tebow appeared in front of an ESPN camera at his high school auditorium wearing a navy suit, a blue dress shirt, and white tie.

Gators land highly-touted QB
Tim Tebow, the prep quarterback virtually every team in the nation coveted, played Santa Claus on Tuesday -- announcing what school he will sign with in February.

Meyer names Dickey, Ingram backup QBs
Originally, Florida coach Urban Meyer hoped Cornelius Ingram and Gavin Dickey would be running pass patterns in the Jan. 2 Outback Bowl.

Tebow commits to UF
When Nease quarterback Tim Tebow made that statement Tuesday afternoon in front of a packed high school auditorium and a nationally televised audience, the state's best quarterback gave Gator fans an early Christmas gift and broke the hearts of Alabama fans.

UF's Caldwell Mending From Broken Leg
Florida WR Andre Caldwell emerged from the practice field Tuesday smiling, laughing and walking - without a limp.

Florida Gator Basketball

Gator hoops setting solid foundation
Billy Donovan's new basketball posse is 9-0. With each success, more people fall in love with these Florida Gators. It's easy to become enthused, watching the quick, acrobatic skills of Corey Brewer, Al Horford, Taurean Green, Joakim Noah, Lee Humphrey, Chris Richard, Adrian Moss and their freshman chums, Walter Hodge and David Huertas.

Florida Gator Volleyball

NCAA volleyball may have found home
The goal for every college baseball team is to make it Omaha. Mary Wise would like for college volleyball to have the same mantra.

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