Gator News and World Report (8/28/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Monday, August 28, 2006. Wynn's lament: 'It's my last year, and I haven't got any more years left'; Reporter Remembers Walk-On Days At Florida; UF freshman Cooper to play; Horschel looks to join U.S. Walker Cup team; Leak wants rings, Tebow wants snaps and more...

Florida Gator Football

Year 2: Breakthrough?
Familiarity breeds success - that's the formula for Urban Meyer's 2nd season. At this time a year ago, the excitement was building to a fever pitch just like it always does the Monday before a Florida football opener. Just below the surface, though, lurked a hint of apprehension, a tug of self-doubt, a dash of uncertainty.

Wynn's lament: 'It's my last year, and I haven't got any more years left'
DeShawn Wynn might not be the starting running back when seventh-ranked Florida opens its season Saturday night against Southern Miss, but the fact that he's a finalist is significant.

Reporter Remembers Walk-On Days At Florida
Jamie Speronis swore I'd made a mistake in my appraisal of my abilities during a phone call last week.

UF freshman Cooper to play
An unlikely candidate has emerged for playing time at receiver. Freshman Riley Cooper, a 6-3 wideout who runs a 4.40 in the 40-yard dash, has impressed the coaching staff throughout fall camp. His combination of speed, size and athleticism has persuaded coach Urban Meyer to give Cooper more playing time..

Irish's Quinn Tops Heisman Contenders
This week we'll take a look at the upcoming college football season, which kicks off in earnest Saturday. As many as 10 schools have reason to believe they are legitimate contenders this year.

Crunch time
Marcus Thomas could have quit. Ray McDonald didn't let him. "When I had my back surgery (in 2005) I thought it was over with," Thomas said. "I was thinking about quitting but he was on me trying to help me, trying to keep my head up."

Spurrier anticipates mixed reaction at UF
Steve Spurrier was out of football for a year when he was sitting at the family's home in Gainesville and got an idea.

Two Events Wuerffel Will Never Forget
It's an anniversary that Danny Wuerffel has long anticipated. He can't wait to reminisce and share some laughter. He'll hug the necks of teammates, some of whom he hasn't seen in nearly a decade.

Leak wants rings, Tebow wants snaps
A motionless Chris Leak sat in the front row, answering questions about how he puts up with the freshman.

The Goon-ies
UF's receivers are Goons. No, really - that's what they call themselves. And the moniker is not an accident. Just ask receiver Kenneth Tookes, who was recently victimized by a Goon prank.

Florida Gator Golf

Horschel looks to join U.S. Walker Cup tea
Billy Horschel's 60 that he fired at the U.S. Amateur may have been extraordinary. Spectacular, it wasn't.

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