Gator News and World Report (12/20/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Tuesday, December 20, 2005. Thornton quits team; Try to bowl me over; Texas-Arlington succumbs to UF rally; Top-notch recruits pile up at Gators' feet; Gators crack Top 5; Gators post above-average graduation rates; Gator baseballfaces Ospreys in pro facility; Gator baseballfaces Ospreys in pro facility; Gators' Ingram catching on to position switch; Meyer: Junior running back Thornton to transfer; Thornton Leaves Gators, Plans To Transfer and more....

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Thornton quits team
After falling out of the playing rotation over the second half the season, junior tailback Skyler Thornton has decided to transfer and is no longer on the team, Florida coach Urban Meyer said Monday.

Try to bowl me over
After finishing the season with a flourish, the Top 10 decided to get serious. So many of you have challenged the intellectual superiority of my predictions via e-mails or shout outs that I'm giving you a chance to collect some merchandise if you can beat me.

Top-notch recruits pile up at Gators' feet
A week ago, the University of Florida reeled in a big-time quarterback prospect when St. Augustine Nease's Tim Tebow committed to the Gators on national television.

Gators post above-average graduation rates
The NCAA's release of new Graduation Success Rate data revealed Monday that Florida was ahead of the curve in ensuring athletes earned their degrees.

Gators' Ingram catching on to position switch
Florida's Cornelius Ingram was adamant during the recruiting process that he wanted to remain a quarterback.

Meyer: Junior running back Thornton to transfer
Junior running back Skyler Thornton is transferring because of a lack of playing time, UF coach Urban Meyer said Monday.

UF On Way To Top Recruiting Class
As Urban Meyer walked off the practice field early Monday afternoon, someone asked if he planned to flip on ESPNEWS when he arrived in his office.

Thornton Leaves Gators, Plans To Transfer
Junior RB Skyler Thornton has left the program after telling coaches this past weekend that he plans to transfer, Florida coach Urban Meyer said Monday.

Florida receives commitments from two top receivers
Christmas in Gainesville came nearly a week early for Urban Meyer and his staff. Two of the top receivers in the nation committed to Florida on Monday, just days after Tim Tebow, rated the top dual-threat high school quarterback in America, chose to play for Meyer and the new-look Gators.

UF snags top-ranked receiver
Less than a week after he snared Florida's Mr. Football, Florida coach Urban Meyer received a commitment from the player widely considered the nation's top-ranked wide receiver.

Heralded Virginia player, teammate commit to UF
Together this fall, wide receivers Percy Harvin and Damon McDaniel combined to score 59 touchdowns for Virginia Beach (Va.) Landstown High. Together Monday, they announced they both would attend Florida, giving UF 26 commitments.

Top prep wide receiver picks Florida
Florida won't be playing in a BCS game next month, but the Gators have the mythical recruiting national championship all sewn up.

Gators snag nation's top recruit
If Urban Meyer was feeling jolly about an 8-3 record in his first season at Florida, the Gators head coach received even more jubilant news just in time for the holidays.

Receiver duo joins recruiting windfall
If Urban Meyer has stopped believing in Santa Claus, he might want to rethink his position on the jolly gift-giver. Recruiting for the football coaching staff in December has been like sitting on Santa's lap and being guaranteed he'll deliver everything asked for.

Move puts Tampa RB on radar
When it comes to recruiting it's really never too late. Just ask Chamberlain's Kylan Robinson .

12-step program
Tonight's New Orleans Bowl begins a season gone out of control. College football bowl season. There are now 28 bowl games. Almost half of the NCAA's 119 Division I-A programs get to play somewhere during the holidays.

Gators' Thornton decides to transfer
Junior running back Skyler Thornton has told Florida coach Urban Meyer that he plans to transfer. The LaGrange, Ga., native was the first-team tailback early in fall practice but quickly lost his spot.

Landstown stars commit to University of Florida
The lure of playing with a best friend, the chance to catch passes from perhaps the top quarterback recruit in the nation and the idea of playing in a wide-open offense were enough.

Florida Gator Basketball

Gators crack Top 5
n a season that some projected last summer as a rebuilding year, Florida is climbing closer to college basketball's elite.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Texas-Arlington succumbs to UF rally
here were looks of concern inside the O'Connell Center on Monday night. But there was no panic on Florida's bench.

Florida Gator Baseball

Gator baseballfaces Ospreys in pro facility
Florida's baseball team will get a little taste of the postseason during a midweek game this season.

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