Gator News and World Report (8/23/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, August 23, 2006. Having a ball; The Gator experience on a DVD; Horschel earns medal at Amateur; Secondary is forming into an improved unit; Taylor fine with sharing load; James has minor knee surgery; Smith Gives Gators Flexibility On Defense; UF's kindred quarterbacks; Gators RB to miss four weeks; UF Men's Basketball schedule is set and more...

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Having a ball
meera Abdullah returned home from a doctor's visit last October and cried.

Florida Gator Football

The Gator experience on a DVD
The movie was over and the viewers were applauding, brushing popcorn off their laps and sucking kernels from between their teeth. They felt good about what they had just seen, how it made them feel about something so important in their lives.

Secondary is forming into an improved unit
espite struggling with the heat the past few days, former Utah starter Ryan Smith has made such an impression at cornerback that the coaches are contemplating moving Reggie Nelson back to safety on more of a full-time basis

James has minor knee surgery
Gators running back and kick returner Brandon James underwent arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to repair meniscus in his left knee that he injured Monday. He will be out about four weeks, Florida coach Urban Meyer said.

Smith Gives Gators Flexibility On Defense
The rapid development of CB Ryan Smith, a Utah transfer, has allowed Florida coaches to move junior Reggie Nelson back to safety — at least part time.

Kindred QBS
One time, as they waited for the next video clip to load, Tim Tebow turned to Chris Leak with a sly grin. "So," Tebow said, "what happened when you went out to Southern Cal?"

Gators RB to miss four weeks
Running back Brandon James will miss four weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday.

UF still not great
What is greatness? There is no clear-cut way of answering, but that won't stop UF from trying. Perhaps U.S. Justice Potter Stewart said it best in 1964 when he described pornography as "I know it when I see it."

Returner James has surgery
Freshman Brandon James, expected to be one of Florida's top return men on punts and kickoffs, had surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and is expected to be out four weeks.

Florida's Baker grown up, looking for big season
How good is Dallas Baker? Ask fellow Florida receiver Andre Caldwell and watch his eyes widen and his voice rise in excitement.

QB controversies are bad news …
Urban Meyer has to be glad Chris Leak is a senior and Tim Tebow is only a freshman.

Florida Gator Golf

Horschel earns medal at Amateur
Florida sophomore Billy Horschel joined the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Fred Couples on Tuesday when he captured the individual medal at the 106th U.S. Amateur Championship with a two-day score of 60-78-138 (-5) in stroke play qualifying.

Florida Gator Fred Taylor

Taylor fine with sharing load
Having grown up with four sisters and a brother, Jacksonville running back Fred Taylor knows how to share. That's likely what he'll do this season with Greg Jones and the workload in the Jaguars backfield.

Florida Gator Basketball

UF Men's Basketball schedule is set
In defense of its national title, Florida should get an early indication where it stands in the 2006-07 season.

Donovan postpones signing
It's no great secret that UF coach Billy Donovan plans to remain with the Gators for the long haul; he's said it himself several times.

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