Gator News and World Report (9/21/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, September 21, 2006. Wise's gang gets back on track at home; What are the chances?; UF's Thomas benched for drug use, mother says; Meyer worried about Burton's return ability; Ankle injury slows UF receiver; Meyer makes believers wherever he goes; Road-weary Gators find solace in friendly confines and more...

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UF hands out indefinite SUSPENSION
Florida senior defensive tackle Marcus Thomas is hoping to find out today how long his suspension will be for failing a second drug test for marijuana since July, his mother said Wednesday.

What are the chances?
The likelihood of Florida defensive lineman Marcus Thomas testing positive twice for the same marijuana ingestion over a four-week period is slim, but possible, according to the president of a national drug testing agency.

Special teams will be show to watch
Given Kentucky's dismal record the past three-plus seasons, the Rich Brooks vs. Urban Meyer coaching matchup isn't all that intriguing.

Recruiting Update
Junior college defensive tackle Jarius Wynn has scheduled an official visit for Saturday's game against Kentucky. Wynn was a highly recruited player out of Lincoln County (Ga.) High School before academic issues forced him to go the juco route.

Harvin likely to practice today after ankle sprain
Forida freshman receiver Percy Harvin could return to practice today and may be used in a limited role Saturday against Kentucky.

UF's Thomas benched for drug use, mother says
Florida defensive tackle Marcus Thomas has been suspended indefinitely from team activities for violating the school's substance-abuse policy.

Meyer worried about Burton's return ability
Keenan Burton scares Florida coach Urban Meyer. Actually, it's seeing Burton running with no orange helmets anywhere near him that scares Meyer, because that means the Kentucky receiver/returner has broken a long kickoff return.

Gators' Thomas Has 2nd Positive Marijuana Test
University of Florida defensive tackle Marcus Thomas will miss Saturday's game against Kentucky and could miss the toughest stretch of Florida's season after a second positive test for marijuana. Thomas' mother, Sheila Mote, said Wednesday her son is appealing the suspension, which is indefinite pending a ruling by a UF committee.

McDonald May Replace Suspended Thomas For UF
Florida coaches hope senior Ray McDonald might fill the void left by the suspension of DT Marcus Thomas.

Medder's big makeover solves weighty problem
In the Florida Gators locker room, UF offensive lineman Carlton Medder dealt with nicknames like "Big Greasy" and "Melted Chocolate Bar."

Top defender suspended
Marcus Thomas, arguably the top defensive lineman for the fifth-ranked Florida Gators, has been suspended indefinitely for failing his second drug test this season.

Ankle injury slows UF receiver
Freshman receiver Percy Harvin wore a boot on his left ankle Wednesday. However, coach Urban Meyer expects the speedy player to return from his high ankle sprain to play against Kentucky.

UF's Thomas faces longer suspension
Coach Urban Meyer has suspended Florida's best interior defensive lineman indefinitely as the season's toughest stretch of games nears.

Coaches' styles and fashion collide
Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schnellenberger and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier don't know each other well and have met only once on the field as head coaches.

Meyer makes believers wherever he goes
The key for any coach new to a program is the "buy-in," the point when the players start to believe in what they're doing and what the head coach is trying to sell.

Defense key for Gators' return to glory
The University of Florida football team took a major step toward regaining a spot in the SEC Champion-ship Game with its 21-20 win over Tennessee in Knoxville Saturday night. The winner of that contest has traditionally gone on to Atlanta more times than not, which has to instill confidence in the Gators and their fans. But anyone who watched LSU and Auburn duke it out or noticed the second consecutive shutout issued by the Georgia Bulldogs has to know that Florida has its work cut out.

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Wise's gang gets back on track at home
It's safe to say Florida took Sunday's rare Southeastern Conference loss at South Carolina hard.

Road-weary Gators find solace in friendly confines
The song "S.O.S." blared in the O'Connell Center as the Gators charged onto the court to warm up, but the players hardly needed the distress call.

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