Gator News and World Report (9/5/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Tuesday, September 5, 2006. Upsetting Gators part of UCF's plan; Cooper, Williams on deck; C.J. Leak joins NFL; Heavenly Harvin Florida may expand freshman's role; Thomas Confident He Will Play This Week; Meyer might turn to freshman TB; Gators freshman fills void as Caldwell heals amd more...

Florida Gator Football

Upsetting Gators part of UCF's plan
This is what you do before Tennessee, right? You play a directional school. Even if the direction is only two hours south.

Time out: Meyer doesn't like rule
Florida coach Urban Meyer had an instant dislike for the new rule when he heard about it at the SEC's Spring Meetings in Destin. He thinks even less of it now that he's experienced it and seen the impact it can have on a game.

Cooper, Williams on deck
Former Hawthorne star Cornelius Ingram showed up at Urban Meyer's office one Monday last winter to quit. But a chance meeting with former UF cornerback Vernell Brown changed everything.

C.J. Leak joins NFL
Leak, the former Tennessee quarterback and brother of Florida quarterback Chris Leak, signed a contract with the Bills on Monday and was placed on the team's practice squad. He worked out for the Bills last year and twice this year. Several other NFL teams this year also worked Leak out as a possible NFL tight end.

Rule change aggravates Meyer
After seeing how the new timing rule changes affected his offense, Florida coach Urban Meyer is going to do whatever he can to try and get them repealed.

Thomas Confident He Will Play This Week
Florida DT Marcus Thomas said Monday night he was not suspended for Saturday's 34-7 win against Southern Mississippi. Though Gators coach Urban Meyer never said it Saturday, Meyer certainly sounded like a coach who had suspended a starter.

Meyer might turn to freshman TB
A true freshman has boosted the Gators at quarterback. So maybe, Coach Urban Meyer figures, one can solve his tailback problems as well.

Gators WR Cooper steps up
Coach Urban Meyer has all but decided to burn the redshirt of freshman Riley Cooper. The 6-3 receiver boasts too much speed and playmaking ability to bench him.

Gators freshman fills void as Caldwell heals
Florida junior wide receiver Andre Caldwell's 111/2-month layoff showed Saturday. But as Caldwell shook off the rust in his first game back from a broken femur, freshman Percy Harvin stepped in and stole the show during the Gators' season opener.

O'Leary focusing on his own team
While there is plenty to work on before his team travels to The Swamp to take on Florida, one thing Coach George O'Leary won't have to do this week is look at much film.

'96 team honored before kickoff
It felt like 1996 again in the Swamp, if only for a moment. Steve Spurrier was there. Danny Wuerffel, Ike Hilliard and Jacquez Green were too.

Running game still a problemGame one is in the books, and the page on the Gators' running backs reads a bit too familiar for their head coach's liking.

Get Harvin the ball (and other thoughts)
With a day to think about it, I'd give Florida's season opening performance a 7 on a scale of 10. Openers are going to have a lot of rough patches, though Urban Meyer's second Utah team didn't need long to make a statement.

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