Gator News and World Report (10/4/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, October 4, 2006. Landlords: Gators have pieced together 12-game home winning streak; Suspended DT Thomas has not rejoined team practice; Home advantage returning to UF; Getting ready to Growl; LSU defensive unit ranked No. 1 and more...

Florida Gator Football

Landlords: Gators have pieced together 12-game home winning streak
Compared to The Swamp's glory days, Florida's current home winning streak is rather modest.

Suspended DT Thomas has not rejoined team practice
Speculation that defensive tackle Marcus Thomas had been spotted on the Florida practice field spread fast and furious across the Internet and talk radio Tuesday afternoon.

Tuberville: Tigers not looking ahead
Auburn's Tommy Tuberville doesn't care if people are already fixating on a showdown with No. 5 Florida, just as long as they're not members of his football team.

Running question
In his senior season, tailback DeShawn Wynn has proved for the first time in his career that he can work hard and perform at a consistently high level.

Home advantage returning to UF
One of the first things Urban Meyer told his players after being hired as coach in December 2004 was that he wanted Florida Field to become the intimidating place it used to be.

Loss Left Gators A Changed Team
The University of Florida offensive coaching staff gathered at Coach Urban Meyer's house one October night last year. Failure gnawed at each man.

Thomas' Status For LSU Game Still Uncertain
Suspended Florida DT Marcus Thomas re turned to the practice field Tuesday, but Gators coach Ur ban Meyer offered no further clue about when the senior may play again. DE Ray McDo nald, however, said Thomas hopes to learn his fate later this week and hopes to play sooner rather than later.

Gators defense is learning to step up
Florida defensive tackle Marcus Thomas appeared on the practice field Tuesday for the first time since Coach Urban Meyer suspended him from all team activities two weeks ago.

UF defense pines for leader Thomas
Senior defensive lineman Joe Cohen expected nothing more than another tough practice Tuesday before this weekend's visit from No. 9 LSU.

Gators' Thomas trying to stay in shape while under suspension
Florida coach Urban Meyer said he still does not know when the suspension of defensive tackle Marcus Thomas will end.

Getting ready to Growl
Hundreds of students lined up at the University Box Office Tuesday to buy tickets for Friday night's annual Gator Growl pep rally.

LSU defensive unit ranked No. 1
If there was a BCS championship game for defense, LSU would be in it. The Tigers continue to be at the top of the polls, as far as defensive statistical categories are concerned.

Florida Gator Cross Country

Hangin' with ... JEREMY CRISCIONE
The basics... Jeremy Criscione, who graduated from Interlachen High, is a sophomore on Florida's 26th-ranked cross country team.

Florida Gator Golf

UF golfers tied at the top
Manuel Villegas shot a 2-under-par 68 Tuesday in the second round of the PING/Golfweek Preview Invitational in Williamsburg, Va., to pace the Florida men's golf team to a first-place standing with a 2-over 562. The Gators, who shot a 281 on Tuesday, are tied with Oklahoma State at the top of the leaderboard. The final round is today.

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