Gator News And World Report (1/4/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, January 4, 2005. Gators riding a wave; Imagine feasting on a college football playoff; Florida marches into SEC play; Walk-ons rewarded in victory; Gators Have National Title Expectations; Bowl win launches UF hopes; Aquinas' Gilbert headed to UF; Florida's focus is on the future and more...

Florida Gator Football

Gators riding a wave
One of the first things Urban Meyer wanted to do after Florida's victory over Iowa in the Outback Bowl was go back to work.

Imagine feasting on a college football playoff
This morning, I open with a semi-positive paragraph about the BCS, which is foreign to my nature ... because tonight we do get to see Southern California-Texas, college football's defined best two, smack it out for the national championship.

UF will reshape offense
Urban Meyer's football past suggests that Florida's 2006 offense will be significantly better than it was this past season. Even if that turns out to be correct, the only real guarantee is that the Gators' offense next season will look nothing like the Bowling Green and Utah units that ravaged opposing defenses in 2002 and 2004.

Gators Have National Title Expectations
Rest easy, Gator Nation. Scoop, the prodigious belly of University of Florida defensive tackle Marcus Thomas and the Gators' 12th player on defense, will return for his - its? - senior season.

Bowl win doesn't cover up flaws
The day after, Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley stood in the O'Connell Center pressroom, greeting anyone he could find. "Wasn't that a lot of fun [Monday]?" Foley said, a panhandle-wide smile spread on his face.

Bowl win launches UF hopes
After the first postseason victory since the Steve Spurrier era, coach Urban Meyer and the Gators look for a springboard to success.

Meyer expects improvement from Leak
Florida Gators coach Urban Meyer is glad to have quarterback Chris Leak back for another season. Meyer is just hoping it's a different Chris Leak.

Fans watch, feel Iowa's frustration
Balloons and various Iowa Hawkeyes paraphernalia graced the lounge at Time Out Sports Bar & Grill in Mt. Pleasant Monday, as fans filled the chairs and tables to watch the Outback Bowl and their beloved Hawkeyes take on the Florida Gators

Leak eyes NFL, after Gators
Florida quarterback Chris Leak has filed paperwork with the NFL's draft advisory council to find out where he might go this spring.

Aquinas' Gilbert headed to UF
Marcus Gilbert thought about the talented high school recruits who had already committed to Florida and realized the Gators were putting together something he wanted to be part of.

Florida's focus is on the future
At 8:54 a.m. Monday, Beverly Degory handed her son his final container of brownies.

Big win, big hopes for UF
Urban Meyer will get out on the recruiting trail this week armed with two things he didn't have this time last year: optimism in the future of the Florida football program and trust in most of the players on his team.

Florida Gator Basketball

Florida marches into SEC play
Florida's last tuneup before the Southeastern Conference schedule was one where even the end of the bench had a few Kodak moments.

Walk-ons rewarded in victory
What was left of the O'Connell Center crowd of 8,049 went absolutely nuts. It wasn't for another acrobatic Corey Brewer dunk or a Lee Humphrey 3-pointer.

Gators Roll Into SEC Play Unbeaten
Florida went deep to cap a perfect nonconference run. Lee Humphrey scored 14 points and hit four of the Gators' season-high 12 3-pointers in a 92-49 victory against winless Morgan State on Tuesday night that extended the best start in school history.

Gators overwhelm Morgan St.
This time, the dark uniforms read "Morgan State." Everything else seemed so similar for a Florida men's basketball game here at the O'Connell Center.

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