Gator News and World Report (1/6/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Friday, Janaury 6, 2006. A Perfect 10; This was the best bowl season ever; Battle of Humphreys launches SEC action; Gators clinch SEC opener; Hot rookie Lee gives N.Y. three of a kind; Gators DT Thomas Mulling Decision To Turn Pro; Donovan still not sold on his Gators and more...

Florida Gator Football

This was the best bowl season ever
The one question that came my way more than any other on Thursday didn't have anything to do with offside on a kickoff (OK, I got a few from Iowa fans; let it go) or which players committed to Urban Meyer.

UF finishes No. 12
Winning a bowl game is good for momentum and recruiting and it also provides a boost in the final polls.

Gators DT Thomas Mulling Decision To Turn Pro
University of Florida defensive tackle Marcus Thomas said after Monday's Outback Bowl that he definitely would return for his senior season. Now, he isn't so sure.

Brown a role model for other area athletes
It's hard to believe it was almost five years ago I was standing in Gainesville High School's gym after the juggernaut Hurricanes' boys basketball team had just finished dusting off another helpless opponent. Waiting for the team to leave the locker room after a postgame meeting, I was talking to then-football coach Rick Swain about Vernell Brown.

Light weekend for recruiting
Mike Shula, Tommy Tuberville and just about every other major college football coach will be in Dallas late this weekend for the annual American Football Coaches Association convention.

Florida Gator Basketball

Battle of Humphreys launches SEC action
When Florida plays at Georgia in its Southeastern Conference opener, the result could come down to a pair of Humphreys.

Donovan still not sold on his Gators
The Florida men's basketball team is 13-0 heading into the start of Southeastern Conference play, but even Gators coach Billy Donovan isn't sure his team should be ranked fifth in the nation after being picked by some experts to miss the NCAA Tournament.

Florida Gator Gymnastics

A Perfect 10
Rhonda Faehn isn't preparing her team for the start of the 2006 gymnastics season. She's getting the Gators ready for the end of it.

Florida Gator Mike Peterson

Former Gator named AFC defensive player of month
Jaguars linebacker Mike Peterson, a former Gator, was named AFC defensive player of the month Thursday, earning the honor for the first time in his seven-year career.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Gators clinch SEC opener
railing in the second half is becoming a common experience for Florida's women's basketball team this season. So is coming back and winning.

Florida 59, Alabama 44
Brittany Davis scored a game-high 16 points and had five rebounds to lead Florida to a come-from-behind 59-44 victory over Alabama on Thursday night in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

Florida Gator David Lee

Hot rookie Lee gives N.Y. three of a kind
David Lee did not magically morph into Bobby Jones on Monday night, but his Jonesian efforts left a vapor trail that could alter perceptions of an otherwise ghastly Knicks season.

Florida Gator Volleyball

Smith makes commitment to play for Florida
When you're sure what you want, sometimes there's just no point in waiting around. Wesleyan sophomore Betsy Smith, a first-team all-county volleyball performer this past season, publicly committed to the University of Florida on Thursday — 22 months before she will be able to sign a letter of intent and officially become a Gator

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