Gator News and World Report (8/10/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, August 10, 2006. Fayson, Harvin force comparison; Fayson can also play QB a little bit; Florida's tailbacks 'more of a family'; Injuries dampen Florida's progress; Utah Transfer Makes Presence Known At UF Practice; Urban Meyer's goal is to elevate UF from good to great; Healthy Cohen impresses and more...

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Fayson, Harvin force comparison
You watch them, smooth and steady and looking like anything but freshmen and you can't help it. Ike and Reidel. Not fair.Can't help it. "Doesn't he remind you of Ike Hilliard?" "Remember Reidel Anthony catching a pass in that corner as a freshman?"

Fayson can also play QB a little bit
In the first few days of practice, true freshman Jarred Fayson made quite an impression at wide receiver with his speed and athletic ability.

Ryan Smith takes advantage of NCAA's new legislation
Urban Meyer didn't like the new rule back in May. In fact, he was quite outspoken about it. And he won't like it next year, he said.

Florida's tailbacks 'more of a family'
Urban Meyer hasn't been shy in expressing his feelings about his running backs. The position has been a disappointment since Meyer was hired as Florida's football coach, and in what could have been a last-ditch effort to motivate, he called the running backs trash, said they had poor work ethic and threatened to play without one.

Injuries dampen Florida's progress
lorida has only been on the practice field for four days - and yet to dress in full pads - but the Gators are already battling injuries. The latest players to become hurt were tight end Tate Casey (left ankle), defensive tackle Clint McMillan (hamstring) and receiver Jamar Hornsby (concussion).

Utah Transfer Makes Presence Known At UF Practice
Utah transfer Ryan Smith didn't wait long to announce his presence in his first practice as a Florida Gator.

UF Tailback Situation Still Muddled
Florida coach Urban Meyer wishes he could name a starting tailback. Heck, he wishes he could even rank the players competing for the job.

Urban Meyer's goal is to elevate UF from good to great
Urban Meyer peeked at his notes and sighed. He had repeated this message all spring and summer, to diehards and to donors, from Palm Beach to the Panhandle. But one more repeat, he knew, brought him closer to trying to put the words into action.

For Gators' Thomas, tough decision leads to happy return
He was close. Real close. But all the angst and anxiousness that tugged at Marcus Thomas when he was trying to decide whether to stay or go are behind him.

Healthy Cohen impresses
For the first time since he put on a Florida Gators uniform, senior defensive tackle Joe Cohen feels healthy and at home. His next step could be to finally reach his potential. During the first week of pre-season practice, Cohen looks like he's on his way.

Injuries taking toll on Gators
Two practices in shoulder pads, and already the Gators feel the strain of a slew of injuries. Coach Urban Meyer rolled through the litany of injured after Wednesday afternoon's session, including players at nearly every position.

It's getting crowded under cente
Florida quarterback Chris Leak could end up sharing time with two true freshmen instead of just one.

Nelson adjusting to the corner
Reggie Nelson had one worry after a recent University of Florida practice. He was hot and needed some fluids.

QB Leak's experience a valuable asset for UF
University of Florida football fans eager to see high school phenom QB Tim Tebow replace Chris Leak should count their blessings. While Leak took a huge step backward in Urban Meyer's offense last year, his college football experience provides the Gators with the leadership under center that no other team in the SEC can boast.

Utah transfer impresses Gators
Ryan Smith hung his head, wiped away the sweat and heaved a 90-degree kind of sigh.

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