Gator News and World Report (9/13/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, September 13, 2006. Road Blocks; Caldwell hoping for break of another kind; Donovan's signature moments; Smith's Got A Tall Order Ahead; Junior OT Medder getting his shot; PARDON THE ABERRATION: Tennessee aims to prove 2005 was an 'anomaly'; Gators WR has no memory of big hit; Tennessee Receivers Grab UF's Attention and more...

Florida Gator Football

History of the Rivalry Part II
A year ago, Florida coach Urban Meyer said he was leaning on his players for an education about Florida vs. Tennessee. No longer a newbie, Meyer has a better idea what it's all about. Some of it he could have gleaned from Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley's version of the history of the rivalry. Today, Dooley offers the advanced course.

Through his research this summer on how to win on the road, Florida coach Urban Meyer learned there is no secret or magic formula.

Caldwell hoping for break of another kind
Andre Caldwell said he believed that he was completely healed from his broken leg and would be the same dynamic player he was before suffering the season-ending injury against Tennessee last season.

Tennessee's Offense Still Has The Same Look
Florida co-defensive coordinator Charlie Strong said he didn't go into the vault to pull video of Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe's first tour of duty in Knoxville.

Smith's Got A Tall Order Ahead
Florida CB Ryan Smith knew he'd get the question as he prepares to cover 6-foot-3 Tennessee WR Robert Meachem – who is averaging 148.5 receiving yards a game – on Saturday.

Road rage
With the echoes of Alabama's "Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer" cheer still in their heads, with the frustration from LSU and the devastation from South Carolina still in their guts, Florida's coaching staff started searching for solutions to its team's troubles on the road.

Junior OT Medder getting his shot
A month ago, Carlton Medder figured on spending a third consecutive year as a reserve Florida Gators offensive lineman.

For the first time in a long time, coach Urban Meyer is not terrified by his play at running back.

PARDON THE ABERRATION: Tennessee aims to prove 2005 was an 'anomaly'
Former team captain and longtime booster Jim Haslam helped set the winning standard at Tennessee. To see Rocky Top hit rock bottom last season wasn't easy for Haslam, a lineman on the school's 1951 national championship team.

Gators WR has no memory of big hit
The way Florida receiver Andre Caldwell got hit against UCF on Saturday, it may be a good thing he doesn't remember the play.

Tennessee Receivers Grab UF's Attention
In preparing to face talented wide receivers, doing extra tacking drills usually isn't a prominent part of the practice plan for cornerbacks. But then, Tennessee's wide receivers are more than just fast and talented.

Vols football: Defense key to beating Gators
Will the real Tennessee defense please stand up? The Vols looked fast, menacing and downright dominant through three quarters against California in the opener. They looked helpless for much of the game last week against Air Force's flexbone offense.

Vols-Gators is big, but not like it used to be
Around here we think Kentucky-Mississippi is big, but for the rest of the Southeastern Conference, this Saturday's matchups of LSU-Auburn and Tennessee-Florida are, well, super-size.

Meyer expects spirits to rise as week goes on
There wasn't a lot of spirit shown in practice on Tuesday for Florida's big game against Tennessee. But Gators coach Urban Meyer didn't seem real concerned.

Meyer quietly ignites rivalry
The secret's out. Out in UF's weight room, hallways and bathrooms, where Tennessee logos are posted or have been in the past.

Gators hope to develop road-game toughness
Cell phone confiscation? Check. iPod confiscation? Check. Road-game distractions eliminated? UF coach Urban Meyer sure hopes so. "I don't allow cell phones and I've had to take some of them," Meyer said. "I'm going to watch that very closely, especially the young players. But I'll take a tough team and give them all the cell phones and [electronics] they want. You have a choice. The toughest team will win this game."

Florida Gator Basketball

Donovan's signature moments
Now it's Billy Donovan's turn to be a rock star. Football coach Urban Meyer went through it during his first tour of the state's Florida booster clubs, and now Donovan is experiencing the added attention that comes with the school's first basketball national championship.

Florida Gator Volleyball

Gators pick up 15th straight win against Florida State
Junior setter Angie McGinnis set the school record for career kills by a setter and collected seven kills, 47 assists, nine digs and five blocks in leading No. 6 Florida to a 3-1 (30-25, 27-30, 30-24, 30-24) win against Florida State on Tuesday night at Lucy McDaniel Court.

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