Gator News and World Report (4/23/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Sunday, April 23, 2006. Gator great finally finds way home; Ingram impressive in new role as receiver; Next year's class grows by two top-shelf recruits; Hoopla forces other Gators from stands; Augenstein spins Gators past AU; Florida back in SEC title hunt; Gators coast to finals vs. 'Cats; Leak the starter, but Tebow plays like one; Ingram making switch to receiver in style; Jackson looking to start new tradition and more...

Florida Gator Football

QB controversy?
The true freshman quarterback who should still be in high school outperformed the seasoned senior starter Saturday in The Swamp.

Gator great finally finds way home
It was Spring Game Eve, the day before the big pretend game, and everything was different for the man with a Gator cap and two bad knees. He stood in the old locker room at Florida Field and could smell it again, gameday out there somewhere.

Ingram impressive in new role as receiver
There was a time just a few months ago when Cornelius Ingram wondered if Florida was the right place for him.

Next year's class grows by two top-shelf recruits
The last time Florida played in The Swamp, the performance was followed by several top recruits committing to the Gators.

Leak the starter, but Tebow plays like one
Let the debate begin. Should Chris Leak or Tim Tebow be Florida's starting quarterback in the fall? After what happened at Florida Field on Saturday, there is undoubtedly going to be some support and argument by fans for the former Nease High School standout.

Ingram making switch to receiver in style
Florida wide receiver Cornelius Ingram impressed coaches and teammates all spring, and on Saturday, he didn't disappoint in Florida's Orange and Blue Game.

Jackson looking to start new tradition
Florida receivers have not exactly flourished in the NFL. There have been 15 drafted since 1990, and only one -- Seattle's Darrell Jackson -- can be considered as anything more than an average player. Most have had disappointing careers, although there are a few who have had marginal success.

Tebow Shines, But No QB Controversy
If trumping up a quarterback controversy between senior starter Chris Leak and freshman backup Tim Tebow will keep University of Florida football fresh in fans' minds this summer, Gators coach Urban Meyer won't complain.

O-Line Starting To Ease Concerns
When University of Florida offensive tackle Drew Miller says everyone blitzed, he means everyone.

Gators scrimmage shows depth woes
All day, receivers ran open. David Nelson down the sideline, Tate Casey across the middle, Cornelius Ingram near the goal line, all with the chance for an uncontested catch in Saturday's Orange and Blue Game.

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Despite a shaky Orange and Blue game, quarterback Chris Leak looked sharp and comfortable this spring, a clear benefit of a second season with the same coaches and scheme. The offensive linemen in front of him enter the season with 18 combined starts, but coaches seem confident in their play. And Coach Urban Meyer seems energized about his special teams, which shouldn't suffer from the losses of Dee Webb and Jarvis Herring.

Big man on campus
On this Wednesday, a woman with a football and a Sharpie waits along Tim Tebow's late-afternoon walk to the locker room.

Tebow dazzles in spring game
Tag, you're it. That's life these days for Florida football coach Urban Meyer, who watched his good friend, Billy Donovan, win the NCAA men's basketball title.

QB controversy averted, for now
Urban Meyer knew this was coming, but not this fast. The Chris Leak-Tim Tebow quarterback controversy officially began Saturday as Tebow, the high-profile freshman, led his team to a 24-6 win in the Orange and Blue spring game at The Swamp.

Former QB Ingram impresses as receiver for UF
The Florida Gators' desperate search for a fourth receiver had an unexpected twist during the past four weeks.

QB controversy? Gators coach says Leak starter
Freshman Tim Tebow looked like a perfect fit for coach Urban Meyer's spread-option offense. Tebow, who completed 15 of 21 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown, seemed more comfortable than starter Chris Leak and led the Orange team to a 24-6 victory against the Blue team in Florida's annual spring game Saturday in front of 45,000 fans.

Florida Gator Basketball

Hoopla forces other Gators from stands
More than 45,000 showed up at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for Saturday's Florida spring football game.

Florida Gator Baseball

Augenstein spins Gators past AU
Pitcher Bryan Augenstein said he didn't have his best stuff Saturday. It turns out a so-so Augenstein is still pretty darn good.

LaPorta's home run leads Gators
Matt LaPorta hit a two-run home run to help Florida beat Auburn 4-1 Saturday. Neither team scored until the sixth inning when LaPorta hit his home run for Florida (24-19,6-11 SEC), bringing in Brian Jeroloman, who had walked.

Florida Gator Golf

Florida back in SEC title hunt
Top-ranked Georgia holds a one-stroke lead over No. 3 Florida following Saturday's second round of the Southeastern Conference men's golf tournament.

Florida Gator Tennis

Gators coast to finals vs. 'Cats
Florida has walked a relatively unobstructed path through the Southeastern Conference women's tennis tournament.

UF women cruise into SEC tennis finals
Top-seeded Florida advanced to the final of the Southeastern Conference women's tennis tournament with a 4-0 victory over fifth-seeded Tennessee in the semifinal round at the Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville on Saturday morning.

Florida Gator Gymnastics

Gators building toward more success in future
Rhonda Faehn did some house cleaning before the 2006 gymnastics season, and she started with the trophy case.

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