Gator News and World Report (7/29/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Saturday July 29, 2006. UF, Auburn picked to meet in Atlanta; Leak gets nod as league's best; Moment Of Revelation Reveals Leak's True Feelings; Harris Isn't With Gators For Now; Leak hopes to end career on high note; Pierre-Louis has Meyer's attention; Meyer fills Atkins slot and more...

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UF, Auburn picked to meet in Atlanta
Urban Meyer's teams at Bowling Green and Utah took off in their second seasons. The perception that the same thing will happen at Florida arrived in Alabama on Friday.

Gators favored in SEC East
Florida last played for a Southeastern Conference football title six years ago, a streak that would have seemed ridiculous during the Gators' amazing run through the league in the 1990s.

Leak gets nod as league's best
He might not be a perfect fit for Urban Meyer's offense, but that didn't keep Florida quarterback Chris Leak from being picked as the SEC's best quarterback.

Moment Of Revelation Reveals Leak's True Feelings
Chris Leak sat before television reporters Friday who trained unblinking lenses on him and asked about his lack of championships and his relationship with freshman backup Tim Tebow.

Harris Isn't With Gators For Now
Florida coach Urban Meyer said Friday that DT Steven Harris is not currently a member of the football team, but Meyer didn't rule out the possibility of Harris rejoining the team for this season.

Meyer's primary mission in second season: Win on the road
After dropping three of four 2005 SEC road games, coach Urban Meyer turned his focus to succeeding away from Gainesville.

Leak hopes to end career on high note
Chris Leak, calling Chris Leak ...Where are you?

Leak's credentials rank among Gator greats - with one exception
When Florida coach Urban Meyer looks at quarterback Chris Leak's career and his performance in a new offense last season, he only finds one significant shortcoming.

Leak addresses dad's claims
Addressing an allegation reportedly made by his father, University of Florida quarterback Chris Leak said Friday that he had never heard racial slurs, or anything that suggested Gators fans dislike him because of his skin color.

UF's Leak so far a tight fit for Gators' spread
It's the exception when a coach brings a major marquee headline-making player to the Southeastern Conference media days. But Florida coach Urban Meyer dragged quarterback Chris Leak along with him. Perhaps no other quarterback in a few years will be as big a focal point this year as Leak.

Gator hole, gaping poll and no-show
Unlike most Urban re-development plans in Florida, this one's goal is to spring a Leak in just its second year. The success of Gators' second-season head coach Urban Meyer will be based largely on his ability to get senior quarterback Chris Leak into the flow of his spread offense, which showed flashes of brilliance last year but didn't deliver one thing - a ring.

UF rules East, Auburn overall pick
Forgive Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville if he didn't take it seriously. His team was picked by Southeastern Conference media as the favorite to win the league's Western Division and knock off Eastern Division favorite Florida for the SEC championship, in voting announced Friday.

Meyer needs to jump-start his offense
For Urban Meyer, the burning question remains. "Can the spread offense work in the SEC?" said Florida's head football coach Friday, repeating a question he has heard a zillion times in the past year.

Leak has lofty goals for season
Chris Leak is approaching several all-time passing marks at the University of Florida. The senior quarterback actually has a personal goal that would put him among the nation's all-time elite.

Pierre-Louis has Meyer's attention
Wait 'til Wondy Pierre-Louis hears what Florida coach Urban Meyer has to say about him.

Meyer fills Atkins slot
Florida coach Urban Meyer has the cornerback position covered. Friday, Meyer announced he has moved safety Reggie Nelson to cornerback. The switch will alleviate pressure in a secondary reeling from the release of cornerback and former Mainland standout Avery Atkins.

No question about it
LSU head coach Les Miles went to Iraq this summer as part of a USO tour. He landed in Kuwait, flew into Baghdad and saw the courage and the carnage first hand.

Another loss to Spurrier may ruin Meyer
Urban Meyer's honeymoon, short as it may have been, is over. So says the Florida version of the "Fire Coach blah-blah'' Internet site. And it may be right.

SEC Media Days

For an offence to be successful in the SEC, balance is required
Long before it was stuffed by Alabama and skewered by LSU, the doubters and skeptics were expressing strong opinions on how Urban Meyer's spread offense would fit in the Southeastern Conference.

SEC media days notebook
Two years ago, Ryan Perrilloux was one of the most heralded high school quarterbacks in the nation.

LSU Tigers

Miles can't hide from QB quandry
Even all the way in Iraq, Les Miles couldn't avoid the question. "Coach, who's going to start at quarterback?" Asking the question this time was a serviceman native to Louisiana, one who was clearly concerned with something beyond his own survival in the desert.

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