Gator News and World Report (10/9/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Monday, October 9, 2006. Meyer wants to avoid 'nonsense'; UF's upgraded its weaponry since last year; Florida rises to No. 2, Florida State joins Miami among unranked; SEC win highlights Gators' solidarity; From out of nowhere; Thomas sparks D; Leak-Bow working to perfection for Gators; For Meyer, there's no time for nonsense and more...

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Meyer wants to avoid 'nonsense'
Now that the Gators are alone in first place in the SEC's Eastern Division, perhaps the most dangerous opponent left on the schedule is a thing Urban Meyer calls Florida nonsense.

UF's upgraded its weaponry since last year
A year ago was about as low as it could be for the offensive coaches at Florida. They were handed five turnovers and spit them out like they had yet to ripen. In a miserable fourth quarter in Baton Rouge, nothing worked and everything backfired.

Florida rises to No. 2, Florida State joins Miami among unranked
These are good days to be a Gator. Florida is the new No. 2 in The Associated Press Top 25, its highest ranking since Steve Spurrier left Gainesville, and by far the best team in the Sunshine State.

SEC win highlights Gators' solidarity
year ago in Baton Rouge, La., the tears flowed in the losing Florida locker room. After Saturday's game with LSU in The Swamp, there were giant Gator grins all around.

From out of nowhere
lorida's receiving corps is filled with some flashy players. Players with speed. Players with a reputation for making big plays.

Thomas sparks D
Marcus Thomas returned to The Swamp on Saturday. So did his exuberance. Thomas, whose indefinite suspension from a failed drug test was lifted Thursday, put a little spark into the Gators' defense Saturday.

Return 2 the elite
Urban Meyer has said many times that he admired the way Florida played during the 1990s. Now he has the Gators looking a lot like some of Steve Spurrier's teams.

Leak-Bow working to perfection for Gators
Senior Chris Leak is supposed to be the passer. Freshman Tim Tebow is supposed to be the runner. Turns out they can do both.

For Meyer, there's no time for nonsense
Here comes the nonsense. That's what Florida coach Urban Meyer calls the ancillary effects of being undefeated (6-0), jumping over two teams to claim the No. 2 spot in the Associated Press Top 25 and being 4-0 in the Southeastern Conference for the first time since the 1996 national title season.

Meyer, Gators Ignoring 'Nonsense'
Now that he coaches one of the hottest teams in the country, Urban Meyer is ready to guard his players against a new round of what he calls "Florida nonsense."

Big Leap Forward
Outlined against a blue, gray October sky, the University of Florida football program rose again.

UF is perfect -- and Meyer worried
Hype and hoopla have now latched themselves to the 6-0 Florida Gators. And the new companions aren't leaving unless Florida loses a game.

No apology needed: Just root for Tebow
Don't feel guilty any longer, Florida fans. Don't apologize for loving Tim Tebow. Cheer for the kid. Cheer loudly and proudly for him.

Gators make a statement
Three minutes remained in the first half, and all in orange and blue squirmed. Stuck in a 7-7 tie with LSU, just flagged for another false start in their own territory, the Gators faced third-and- well, what did it matter the way this offense was playing?

Thomas' presence gives UF huge lift on defense
To most, it looked like DT Marcus Thomas rejoined to the Gators when he jogged on to the field for a third-and-4 play with nine minutes left in the first half.

Gators move up to No. 2 in poll
Florida took a big step toward SEC and national titles by knocking off LSU on Saturday, then was rewarded by jumping three spots in the rankings.

A well-rounded victory
With quarterbacks Chris Leak and Tim Tebow sharing the load -- and the attention -- and the Gators' defense forcing multiple turnovers, Florida trounced LSU.

UF has look of a contender
If you don't think this 6-0 Florida team looks like a national championship threat, you're probably looking at it with eyes front, shoulders squared. Try turning your back, bending over and looking between your legs like you did as a goofing around kid.

Turnovers spark UF victory
An aggressive approach. These turnovers counted. One year after eliciting five LSU turnovers in vain, Florida forced six in the rematch.

Gators soar to No. 2 in AP
Florida's 6-0 start has caught the attention of everyone, especially coach Urban Meyer. As the Gators rise in the polls and players like freshman backup quarterback Tim Tebow become household names, Meyer will keep an even closer eye on his team's attitude.

Florida turns tables on LSU
Coach Urban Meyer paused in the tunnel of The Swamp and joined in the celebration. Florida's 23-10 win against No. 9 LSU on Saturday was just too big — for Meyer, his players and his program — to let it pass quickly or quietly.

Feels like start of something big
What Tim Tebow did Saturday in The Swamp transcended football, as budding legends sometimes do. There was a flavor of baseball, for instance, in Florida's 23-10 win over LSU, with Chris Leak somehow demoted to starting quarterback and Tebow, the true freshman, the genuine article, promoted to closer on three Gators scoring drives.

Good times for Gators: Florida is No. 2
These are good days to be a Gator. Florida is the new No. 2 in The Associated Press Top 25, its highest ranking since Steve Spurrier left Gainesville, and by far the best team in the Sunshine State.

Down to one: Florida final SEC survivor in brutal shakeout
e Southeast Conference is already down to one serious national championship contender. And it's not even November. Florida is the last S-E-C- team clinging to a realistic shot of playing in Arizona three months now. That comes after a brutal weekend that saw Auburn and Georgia lose its first game and L-S-U- lose its second.

4 teams make case for No. 2
We hold this truth to be self-evident: Ohio State won't be leaving the No. 1 ranking soon. Not when its next five opponents have a combined Big Ten record of 2-10.

LSU's blunders lead to concern with half of season gone
Wasn't that cute? LSU coach Les Miles and/or offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher or offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher and/or coach Les Miles thought they would show Florida coach Urban Meyer two can play this little gadget game. Wow. That's great.

Miles remains upbeat after Florida loss
LSU Coach Les Miles had trouble recognizing his football team in Saturday's 23-10 loss to Florida.

Who's No. 2? Well, Gators have the most bite
We hold this truth to be self-evident: Ohio State won't be leaving the No. 1 ranking soon. Not when its next five opponents have a combined Big Ten record of 2-10.

Gators leap to No. 2 in AP poll
Yes, it's been a while. Five years, to be exact, since the Florida Gators were this close to being the nation's No. 1 college football team.

BLEAUX'N AWAY
Orange and cheese? This was part Swamp, part Green Bay. Quarterback Chris Leak hurled himself into the stands, registering his own trademark version of the Lambeau Leap, Leak's face portraying the sheepish expression of a child who had just received an unexpected second scoop of bubble gum-flavored ice cream.

Florida final SEC survivor in brutal shakeout
And then there was Florida. Yep, while baseball is still swinging away and a crucial midterm election looms a month away, the Southeastern Conference is down to one serious national championship contender.

Special Teams Shine for Gators
Although University of Florida kicker Chris Hetland missed his fourth field goal in four tries, a 36-yarder Saturday against LSU, it couldn't put a damper on what the rest of the special teams unit accomplished.

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