Gator News and World Report (9/7/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, September 7, 2006. Game 1 vs. Game 2: Is there improvement between the first two games?; Starters Thomas, Harris back in good standing; Hangin' with..KISYA KILLINGSWORTH; Recruiting update; Joiner's turnaround benefits No. 7 Gators; Florida's Meyer Pledges To Fight Shorter-Game Rules; Ingram is catching on and more...

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Game 1 vs. Game 2: Is there improvement between the first two games?
For decades, football coaches have talked about how the greatest improvement comes betweent e first and second games of the season. Fact or fiction? We'll let you draw your own conclusions. Veteran Sun college football writer Robbie Andreu breaks down the first two games of the past six Florida football seasons, spanning three head coaches. There appear to be some statistical evidence of improvement from week one to week two. But, then it all may depend on the quality of the opponent in that second game. Check it out.2000 season Game 1 / Game 2 vs. Ball State / vs. Middle Tennessee

Starters Thomas, Harris back in good standing
Senior defensive tackles Marcus Thomas and Steven Harris are back in good standing with the team and are on schedule to play in Saturday's game against Central Florida, UF coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday.

Recruiting update
Last week the 6-foot-4, 289-pounder, ranked the No. 4 strongside defensive end prospect in the country, had FSU at the top of his list after decommitting from Florida in recent weeks.

Joiner's turnaround benefits No. 7 Gators
Tony Joiner had never felt as good as he did this past weekend. After intercepting Southern Miss quarterback Jeremy Young and making 31/2 tackles, Florida coach Urban Meyer named Joiner the defensive player of the game.

Florida's Meyer Pledges To Fight Shorter-Game Rules
Urban Meyer wants his plays back. Meyer's University of Florida team ran 59 offensive plays Saturday in a 34-7 win against Southern Mississippi. The Gators averaged 70 plays last season. Meyer blames two new NCAA rules passed in February to shorten games by altering the point at which officials start the clock in certain situations.

UCF Coach O'Leary Knows What Will Be At Stake Saturday
Central Flori- da coach George O'Leary un derstands what it would mean to his program if the Golden Knights could shock Florida on Saturday.

Ingram is catching on
He was ready to transfer after a late-season position change, but now Cornelius Ingram is ready to show his pass-catching ability.

Former Coral Gables Miami standout Steven Harris should play against Central Florida on Saturday, coach Urban Meyer said. Meyer also expects to play defensive tackle Marcus Thomas, who was suspended for the season opener.

End-around: UF's Harvin gets a fresh start
Florida coach Urban Meyer knew Percy Harvin was a risk. Harvin knew it, too. Freshman wide receiver Percy Harvin (8) was on coach Urban Meyer's 'high-risk list' when he came to UF. Every day, Harvin heard the same questions that Meyer eventually would have to weigh

'96 Gators, 'Noles raised the bar
Ten years ago, there was little doubt the winner of the last regular-season college football game pitting No. 1 against No. 2 would have the inside track on the national championship.

LSU defenders look ahead to Florida in Cajun contest
Football coaches and players love to say how they take things one game at a time. "Nobody's showing any other film in that football operations building but Arizona, I promise you," LSU coach Les Miles said pointedly Monday when asked if his team might be looking ahead to Auburn next week.

Florida's linemen need help
Florida offensive line coach John Hevesy has downright had it with his position's mediocrity. "It's unacceptable for (quarterback Chris Leak) to get hit, especially from his backside," said Hevesy of the Southern Miss season opener. "There's going to be repercussions for it. That (expletive) is going to end."

Hevesy: O-line must improve or else
As far as offensive line nightmare reruns go, UF's season opener drew stellar ratings.

Meyer cast in Nike ad
UF coach Urban Meyer hates small talk, but he spent part of the summer helping film a Nike commercial that featured just that - little talk.

Florida Gator Volleyball

The Basics... Kisya Killingsworth is a 6-foot-3 junior middle blocker for Florida's sixth-ranked volleyball team. Killingsworth is from Pine Ridge High in Deltona. Accomplishments... Killingsworth earned All-American honors last year as a sophmore, joining a long line of Gator middles to receive such an honor since 2001, including Michelle Chatman, Sherri Williams, Benavia Jenkins and Nicole McCray. Killingworth was also an All-Southeastern Conference first-team selection last year and played on the USA Volleyball A2 team at the U.S. Open Championship in New Orleans last summer.Killingsworth on...

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Peterson's injury could be boon for Cowboys
Wearing his No. 54 jersey and black sweat pants without a helmet, Jaguars middle linebacker Mike Peterson kneeled at the start of practice Wednesday and watched the rest of the linebackers go through drills.

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