Gator News and World Report (9/6/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, September 6, 2006. Doing The Right Thing; Volleyball also a part of the trip to Hawaii; Gator James close to full speed weeks after surgery; James Could Return As Returner; Heater brings strong work ethic to program; Meyer might turn to freshman TB; College coaches blast rules one week into football season and more...

Florida Gator Football

Doing The Right Thing
Had someone told Tony Joiner in the spring of 2005 that he would be the defensive MVP in the 2006 opener, he might have wondered at what school.

Gator James close to full speed weeks after surgery
not only is Brandon James a fast football player, he's apparently also a fast healer as well. Only three weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, the true freshman tailback/kick returner from St. Augustine is back at practice and scheduled to see possible playing time in Saturday night's game against Central Florida.

Gators realize their options
At times last season, Florida coach Urban Meyer and offensive coordinator Dan Mullen didn't have much to say to each other over their headphones.

James Could Return As Returner
If Florida RB Brandon James proves this week that he has completely recovered from a preseason knee injury, the freshman may be the Gators' primary kickoff returner Saturday against Central Florida.

Heater brings strong work ethic to program
As a graduate assistant at Ohio State 20 years ago, Urban Meyer chose role models to study on the staff.

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.

UF tailback James returns
Freshman running back Brandon James has returned from knee surgery weeks ahead of schedule and will play Saturday against Central Florida. ''He's real close right now,'' said coach Urban Meyer, who originally said James would miss a month. ``He did a whole practice, they timed him [Monday] and he ran sub-4.5 [40-yard dash]. All they're worried about is the cutting ability. We'll know more probably Thursday.''

College coaches blast rules one week into football season
College football games are shrinking and Urban Meyer is fuming. Florida's offensive-minded coach isn't alone.

Moffett takes charge
The whistle barely had blown the play dead, but UCF coach George O'Leary already was yelling.

Florida matchup a golden opportunity for UCF, center
Cedric Gagne-Marcoux has dropped into Florida Field a time or two. He has stood among the rumbling roar of 90,000 fans and witnessed the orange-and-blue wave wipe out opponents with vigor.

Freshman to make Gator debut
Florida freshman Brandon James, who had knee surgery during fall camp, is expected to be back for Saturday's game against UCF to return kicks.

TB James ahead of schedule
Big-play help is served - Brandon James style. The freshman running back has returned from knee surgery weeks ahead of schedule and will play Saturday against Central Florida.

UF to use Harvin like Reggie Bush
Former UF great Ike Hilliard returned to the Swamp on Saturday, stood on the field before the game and watched highlights of himself shaking defenders out of their shoes.

Florida Gator Volleyball

Volleyball also a part of the trip to Hawaii
Mark Twain once dubbed Hawaii "The loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean."

Florida Gator Fred Taylor

Gamer with a big heart
Fragile Fred, they say. Yet a quick study of a few running backs around the NFL reveals otherwise.

Fightin Gators Top Stories