Gator News and World Report (8/29/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Tuesday, August 29, 2006. Young Reaves returns home as Gator foe; Cornelius will be all over field; Freshmen have surprised Meyer; Softball coach searching for walk-on pitcher; Harris Getting Back On Track; Harris divulges reason for absence; Meyer names starters for makeshift O-line; Harris misses his kids, wants to play; Gators to honor '06 team and more...

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Young Reaves returns home as Gator foe
It will hardly be a new experience for Stephen Reaves Saturday. The Swamp. The orange and blue. The fans screaming themselves red. The heat and the humidity. Albert, Mr. Two Bits and the fight song.

Cornelius will be all over field
If you had to name Florida's most valuable player, who would it be? Chris Leak? Maybe Dallas Baker or Brandon Siler?

Freshmen have surprised Meyer
Florida's consensus No. 2 recruiting class is looking better and better to Urban Meyer. When asked Monday what has been the most pleasant surprise heading into his second season at UF, Meyer said the freshmen.

Harris Getting Back On Track
DT Steven Harris revealed Monday the reason Florida coach Urban Meyer suspended for the senior spring practice: Meyer wanted Harris to concentrate on his grades and on taking care of his three children.

Harris divulges reason for absence
Embattled defensive tackle Steven Harris revealed on Monday why he missed spring practices, which coach Urban Meyer described as personal issues.

Meyer names starters for makeshift O-line
One of the questions facing Florida's revamped offensive line has been answered. Coach Urban Meyer named the Gators' starting five and three reserves for Saturday's opener against Southern Miss in The Swamp.

A long road back
After an injury-riddled 2005 season, Ray McDonald has worked -- and been prodded -- to come back this fall.

Harris misses his kids, wants to play
Breaking a nearly eight-month silence, Gators DT Steven Harris described his battle back to Florida's football team.

Southern Miss watching another storm
If Ernesto does not strengthen significantly and continues on its projected path, the Southern Miss football team will be able to play its season opener as scheduled for the first time in three years.

D'Angelo, Merrill back in lineup
Robby D'Angelo overcame a second knee surgery and Sean Merrill recovered from a torn pectoral muscle, meaning the two Coast players will be in the starting lineup when Southern Mississippi opens to the season on Saturday at No. 7 Florida.

Eagles face tough opener
Southern Mississippi coach Jeff Bower was all smiles at his initial press conference of the 2006 football season Monday morning.

Gators aware of Ernesto's track
University of Florida officials are closely monitoring the track of Tropical Storm Ernesto, and it could be several days before any final decision is made about Saturday's football game against Southern Miss.

Gators to honor '06 team
September is turning into national championship month at the University of Florida.

UF O-line looks to overcome depth woes, injuries
Heading into fall practice, the offensive line was one of the biggest concerns for the Gators. With the season set to kick off Saturday, it still is.

For every touchdown catch that Percy Harvin hauled in high school, he seemed to spark a reciprocal controversy.

Five keys to season
Everyone has their list in mind from Urban Meyer to me and you.

Florida Gator Softball

Softball coach searching for walk-on pitcher
Tim Walton insists the walk-on tryouts he will hold for his Florida softball team later this fall aren't out of necessity. In fact, Walton said annual walk-on tryouts have been a routine part of his coaching career.

Florida Gator Danny Wuerffel

Wuerffel's ministry on road to recovery
Socks. That's one of the things Danny Wuerffel, the only man to quarterback Florida to a national title, remembers most when he thinks of Hurricane Katrina.

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