Gator News and World Report (7/30/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Sunday, July 30, 2006. The Great Unknown; Coach Speak; Meyer Ready To Get Back To Coaching; A lot of nonsense going on; Hurt hasn't been so good; Meyer makes sure Leak knows his role; Meyer's abilities the real UF issue; Year Two for Meyer brings expectations; QB Grossman Says 'Time To Get Something Done' Following Injuries and more...

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The Great Unknown
The upside this could be one of the most physical and athletic lines the Gators have had in a while. The potential starters all move well and Jim Tartt and Drew Miller are among the strongest players on the team. Ronnie Wilson is very athletic and came on strong in the spring. Miller made a successful transition from guard to right tackle in the spring, making room for Wilson in the starting lineup.

Fans agree: Leak solid starter
The quarterback controversy at the University of Florida that some thought existed doesn't - at least where Gators fans are concerned.

'Florida nonsense' won't change Meyer's decision
Urban Meyer called it "Florida nonsense" and the Florida coach clearly doesn't like it. Speaking at the Florida Sports Writers Association college football media day, Meyer appeared to have little patience for those calling for quarterback Chris Leak's benching, freshman quarterback Tim Tebow's ascension to the starting spot despite never having played a down of college football and the general idea that anything short of a national title would be considered failure.

Coach Speak
Georgia's Mark Richt (top) and Florida's Urban Meyer both visited Jacksonville, at nearly the same time and about 1 mile apart Saturday night.

Meyer Ready To Get Back To Coaching
Florida coach Urban Meyer said Saturday that he has learned enough about something he calls "Florida Nonsense," and he's ready to get back to coaching football.

A lot of nonsense going on
Urban Meyer picked up his morning paper Saturday and got another lesson in what he nebulously calls "Florida nonsense." There was Florida quarterback Chris Leak opining, at the conclusion of the SEC's preseason media days in Alabama on Friday, about how he'd like to throw for 50 touchdowns this season. It would give him a career UF record. And if the team is already winning games en route to a conference title, why not pick up a few records along the way?

UM, UF practices could become virtual reality
Technology recently caught up to Miami coach Larry Coker. Coker remembers when he was an assistant in the early '80s and Tulsa didn't have enough money to film practices. Fast-forward to 2006 and Coker is learning to experiment with virtual reality.

UCF preparing for more rigorous in-state challenges
A year ago at this time, coming off an 0-11 season, UCF coach George O'Leary joked about telling his wife to keep sharp objects away from the garage.

UCF linemen boast experience
We continue our position-by-position rankings at the state schools by looking at the offensive line. Next week, it'll be the defensive line.

Meyer makes sure Leak knows his role
Florida football coach Urban Meyer has preached incessantly about the need for Chris Leak to be more vocal.

'God was really looking over Wondy'
The odds were stacked against Florida freshman Wondy Pierre-Louis being able to return to the U.S. after going back to Haiti to resolve some immigration issues, but the former Lely standout made it back

Florida QB Leak leaves no doubt
The outside chatter is just that. Chris Leak isn't hearing a word of it, or at least that's what he says. Talk of breaking records held by former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel? Public debate over whether he'll lose his job to backup freshman Tim Tebow? Comments by his father that he's heard some fans are rooting against Leak because he's black?

Meyer's abilities the real UF issue
Nonsense. That was Urban Meyer's first comment about his upcoming second season.

Year Two for Meyer brings expectations
Urban Meyer knew the expectations when he became the head football coach job at the University of Florida following the 2004 season.

Change the game
Chris Leak is a numbers guy. How many touchdowns will he throw this year? "Fifty," he replied. How many yards did he average on designed runs last season? "Six point eight yards."

SEC searches for marquee quarterbacks
The college football conference which produced Joe Namath, Fran Tarkenton, Archie Manning, Pat Sullivan, Peyton Manning and Eli Manning is struggling to find its next marquee quarterback.

Florida Gator Fred Taylor

Fragile Fred
Fred Taylor wanted to put on a show for the 2,494 fans who attended the Jaguars' first training-camp practice Saturday morning. After spending the offseason working at a training facility in Davie, the veteran running back arrived in great shape and was eager to hit the ground running.

Florida Gator Rex Grossman

Hurt hasn't been so good
Rex Grossman's fourth training camp with the Chicago Bears has this much in common with the others: It's full of promise. But once again the big question facing the young, still unproven, quarterback is whether he can stay healthy.

QB Grossman Says 'Time To Get Something Done' Following Injuries
Rex Grossman's fourth training camp with the Chicago Bears has this much in common with the others: It's full of promise.

Florida Gator Soccer

Two Gator Soccer Players in Action Sunday
Two University of Florida soccer players will be playing Sunday, as one will represent her national team and the other will be looking for a national club team title.

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