Gator News And World Report (12/26/2005)

Gator News and World Report for Monday, December 26, 2005. Namesake was fond of building; Grossman leads Bears to paydirt; O-Dome has been home to big moments; A Cut Above; Harvin Being Called A Young Deion; Fans wish bowl-bound Hawks well and more....

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It's all good for Dickey
Gavin Dickey is a quarterback. At least he is today, when the 16th-ranked Florida football team reports to Tampa to begin preparations for the Monday, Jan.2 Outback Bowl against No.25 Iowa.

A Cut Above
He might be the best high school quarterback ever from the state of Florida. He's a left-hander with a howitzer arm, inspirational leadership skills, toughness and the ability to run for game-breaking touchdowns.

Harvin Being Called A Young Deion
Percy Harvin, the electrifying wide receiver from Landstown High School in Virginia Beach, Va., has an appropriate nickname.

Help on the way for UF's spread offense
Florida coaches say it with their smiles. Recruitniks scream the same thing with their statistics. Help looks to be on the way for the Gators, and with it the hope that someday their offense may possess the athletic quarterback, the sturdy blockers and the speedy receivers to run the spread-option offense that Florida coaches want.

Glut of bowls leaves a bad taste for some teams
The taste of etouffee barely had faded when Urban Meyer, then a Notre Dame assistant, found himself back in Louisiana for another big game. This time, the Fighting Irish football team forgot to join him.

Leak takes time to adjust
From the day Urban Meyer became the University of Florida's football coach, there was speculation that Gators quarterback Chris Leak would struggle in the offense. While Meyer and Leak spent the next eight months deflecting such talk, reality arrived in September.

Ferentz takes care of his men
No one knows if Iowa will beat Florida in the 2006 Outback Bowl game in Tampa, Fla., but the Hawkeyes do top the Gators in another category: assistant coaches salaries.

Fans wish bowl-bound Hawks well
Of course Kim Majerus is proud of her son and the accomplishments of the Iowa Hawkeye football team this season.

Florida Gator Basketball

Namesake was fond of building
Many times, Dr. Stephen O'Connell attended the building that beared his name.

O-Dome has been home to big moments
A quarter of a century can fly by so fast you need to sit down when it's over and allow the snapshots to come to life in your mind.

Florida Gator Rex Grossman

Grossman leads Bears to paydirt
Most playoff teams would expect to get more than 166 yards passing from their starting quarterback. For the Chicago Bears, however, it represents a giant leap forward.

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