Gator News and World Report (1/10/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Tuesday, January 9, 2006. No.2 but not gloating; Humphrey Named S.E.C. Player of the Week; Not your average Jo; Florida reaches No. 2 in AP Poll; Gators take recent rise in stride; Leak, Thomas to return for senior year; Bullard will miss season with back ailment; Florida finds a needed arm and more....

Florida Gator Basketball

Not your average Jo
Joakim Noah put his face in his hands. The bushy ponytail that he believes gives him power and wisdom was protruding from his long fingers. Dude, your teammates were dogging you and they weren't even in the same room.

Gators jump up to No. 2
Florida moved three steps closer to its third No. 1 ranking in school history. Yet the national attention the Gators have received in rising from unranked in early November to No. 2 in this week's AP and ESPN/USA Today polls has come with a certain level of uneasiness.

Florida reaches No. 2 in AP Poll
The first full week of conference play jumbled the Top 25 except for Duke.

Gators (14-0) Slide Into Poll's Second Spot
University of Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan has no vote in the coaches' poll, but if he did, he knows who he'd rank at No. 2 behind Duke.

Gators are No. 2 -- pass it on
The Gators, picked to finish fifth in the SEC East, have risen to No. 2 in the nation through unselfish, pass-happy play.

Gators take recent rise in stride
The rankings are nice, but coach Billy Donovan trusts the game film a lot more. The way Donovan sees it, the journalists and coaches who ranked the Florida Gators No. 2 in the nation, behind only Duke, hasn't sat down and closely watched his team play — in particular, during the second half of a 90-72 victory Saturday against Georgia.

No.2 but not gloating
No, it's not a typo. Fourteen games into the season, the men's basketball team remains undefeated and Monday moved into the No.2 spot behind the Blue Devils in the Associated Press Top 25. It's a distinction coach Billy Donovan is trying his best to downplay as his players navigate that delicate balance between enjoying the attention and not getting caught up in it.

Florida Gator Football

No science to NFL's college evaluations
Last week college juniors got their evaluations from a handful of NFL general managers who look at video of games and come up with a subjective and meaningless bubble where the players will get drafted.

Leak makes return official
Walking into the room wearing a Gator jacket and an orange and blue tie, there was little drama or anticipation leading up to Florida quarterback Chris Leak's announcement about the NFL on Monday.

Leak, Thomas to return for senior year
Florida quarterback Chris Leak and defensive tackle Marcus Thomas, a former Mandarin High School standout, reaffirmed their decisions to return for their senior seasons.

UF's Leak will stay for his final year
Wearing an orange and blue tie beneath an orange and blue windbreaker, junior quarterback Chris Leak again committed to wearing those colors for Florida's football team next fall.

Leak plans to return to UF
On the day the future at quarterback, Tim Tebow, arrived on campus, incumbent Chris Leak reiterated he would be in a Florida Gators' uniform next season.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Bullard will miss season with back ailment
aToya Bullard wanted to be out on a basketball court Monday afternoon. Instead, she sat in the living room of her Memphis home, resting and waiting. Hoping and praying

Florida Gator Baseball

Florida finds a needed arm
lorida made a significant addition to its baseball team last January when transfer pitcher Alan Horne arrived to UF. The Gators made a comparable addition Monday.

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