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

The Gator News and World Report for Friday, August 11, 2006. Practice perception; Senior tackle Harris receives Grade A news; In SEC, UF alone clears all signee; Sanders Takes Tough Hit At Practice; UF freshman breaking it open; Gators senior ready to play; 2006 could be Leak's time for glory; Gator's Trautwein is entrusted with protecting Chris Leak's blindside and more...

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Practice perception
The six-day window to watch the Florida football team practice closes after today's practice, so we figured this would be a good time for veteran Sun sports writer Robbie Andreu to offer up some observations on what's been going on.

Senior tackle Harris receives Grade A news
Senior defensive tackle Steven Harris left practice early Thursday and found out some good news. He was so happy about it, he text messaged Florida coach Urban Meyer, who was still at practice.

In SEC, UF alone clears all signee
The waiting, according to the great Gainesville philosopher Thomas Earl Petty, is the hardest part. College football programs know that all too well.

Sanders Takes Tough Hit At Practice
One Florida freshman took a serious hit on the Gators' first day in full pads. DT Terron Sanders was carried off the field in an ambulance Thursday after receiving a blow to the head during a drill. Florida coach Urban Meyer said the 6-foot-1, 315-pounder from Bradenton should recover quickly.

Opportunity finally here for lineman
The health of Florida quarterback Chris Leak this season will depend a great deal on a player of whom few have heard. Junior offensive tackle Phil Trautwein has appeared in 18 career games, though he only played sparingly. This season, however, he will start at left tackle and protect Leak's blind side when the Gators open Sept. 2 against Southern Mississippi.

UF freshman breaking it open
Freshman running back Brandon James has caught coach Urban Meyer's attention with his big-play potential.

Coaches won't rush McDonald
His most physically active practice since two off-season knee surgeries left Florida senior defensive lineman Ray McDonald hungry for more. "The drills I did today showed me I'm ready to practice," McDonald, a native of Belle Glade, said Thursday. "I'm 100 percent right now."

Gators senior ready to play
Florida senior defensive lineman Ray McDonald, coming off surgery on both of his knees, feels he is ready to go full-contact.

Freshman James has big-play tools
How about a simple multiple choice question about Florida's offense: Who is likely to spark most of the big plays this season?

2006 could be Leak's time for glory
Chris Leak is on the hot seat, whether deserving of it or not. A growing group of Gator fans have shared their feelings about the past three years of disappointment, many of which blame Leak for a lack of wins. These fans are wrong.

Gator's Trautwein is entrusted with protecting Chris Leak's blindside
The health of Florida quarterback Chris Leak will depend a great deal on a player few have heard of.

UF Practice Wrap: Long, Humid Afternoons
As Thursday's workout stretched deep into a third hour, hot and frustrated Florida Gators began tussling with each other.

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