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

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, October 5, 2006. Tiger D packs heat; LSU not passing on its run attack; RB Wynn Iffy For LSU Game; Florida counts on Moore; UF's Hetland looks to recover field goal accuracy; UF defensive lineman Estopinan making most of opportunity; SEC eating its own; LSU QB Russell could be 'big' problem for Gators and more...

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Tiger D packs heat
n this new defensive age in the SEC, LSU's Bo Pelini is the Steve Spurrier of defensive coordinators. Pelini's defense is a lot like Spurrier's old Fun 'n' Gun offense at Florida. It is innovative, creative, unpredictable and incredibly productive. Some might say the Tigers are playing a defense that is ahead of its time.

Harvin, Wynn update
Thomas readies for return Two injured standouts may be OK for LSU Although senior defensive tackle Marcus Thomas remains under indefinite suspension, it appears the coaching staff is getting him ready to play for when he is reinstated.

Recruiting update
FLORIDA: The nation's top junior college prospect, Visalia (Calif.) College of the Sequoias cornerback Woodny Turenne, made an official visit to Gainesville during the weekend for the Gators' 28-13 victory against Alabama.

LSU not passing on its run attack
LSU's running game, despite the presence of two backs who began their careers with a splash, hasn't exactly been a boon this season.

Football Can Become The Crying Game
In a cramped interview room in the bowels of LSU's Tiger Stadium last October, Urban Meyer wrestled with his composure.

RB Wynn Iffy For LSU Game
Senior RB DeShawn Wynn missed practice for the second consecutive day, although he was on the practice field in shorts and a jersey without pads.

Florida counts on Moore
They say Florida tailback Kestahn Moore is effective, not elusive. Steady, not spectacular. Seventeen games into his Gators career, and the descriptions of Moore, a sophomore from suburban Dallas, haven't changed.

Status of Thomas, Wynn is uncertain
The injury/suspension roster, by far the most popular topic around Florida football this week, remained full of uncertainty Wednesday afternoon.

UF's Hetland looks to recover field goal accuracy
Chris Hetland has missed all three of his field-goal attempts this season but still has the confidence he showed last season.

UF defensive lineman Estopinan making most of opportunity
If any good has come out of Marcus Thomas' suspension, it is the opportunity that Javier Estopinan has received. The defensive lineman and former South Miami standout started in Thomas' place against Alabama. Estopinan has five tackles this season in spite of his 6-2, 278-pound stature. The redshirt sophomore was originally a linebacker before switching to his new position after his freshman season.

UF's schedule matches up with anyone's
Former national championship quarterback and longtime TV analyst Todd Blackledge has seen his share of marquee matchups. But Blackledge, who faced four top-10 teams in 1982 when he led Penn State to the title, can't remember when a team played a stretch of games similar to what Florida will face this month.

SEC eating its own
The Southeastern Conference might be too good for its own good. With five teams still in the thick of the national-title chase, a so-called "game of the season" comes around nearly every week. This week it's No. 9 LSU at No. 5 Florida and No. 13 Tennessee facing No. 10 Georgia. In the SEC West, No. 2 Auburn will play Arkansas for first place.

This Week's SEC Games
VANDERBILT (2-3, 0-2) at OLE MISS (1-4, 0-2) 1 p.m. Saturday Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, Miss. -- LINE: Vanderbilt by 2

LSU receivers prove heart of the offense
-- In the never ending quest for balanced offense, LSU football coaches have tried to ratchet up the Tigers running game all season.

UF's bitter memory
Coach Urban Meyer had forgotten how emotional he was after last year's 21-17 loss at LSU. Meyer walked into the post-game interview room with tears in his red eyes, then got choked up several times while talking about his team's effort.

LSU QB Russell could be 'big' problem for Gators
JaMarcus Russell is a big guy. Just ask UF linebacker Brandon Siler. "He's a big fella," Siler said. "I remember last year, the first play of the game, I blitzed and went in there and hit him and he didn't fall. I had to push him down."

Wilson to play Saturday, Wynn misses practice
UF guard Ronnie Wilson will play for the first time this season Saturday against LSU, Coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday.

Gators lineman ready for season's first action
Florida guard Ronnie Wilson will play for the first time this season Saturday against LSU, Coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday.

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