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

The Gator News and World Report for Tuesday, October 10, 2006. McDonalds combo; Urban is right, there's far too much nonsense; Defense enjoys role as closer; Gators downplay rising hype; No. 2 UF shedding mediocrity label and more...

Florida Gator Football

McDonalds combo
In 1985 Ray McDonald and No. 2 Florida won a huge game at Auburn. Can Jr. follow Sr. to Gator glory?

Urban is right, there's far too much nonsense
Hello, my name is nonsense. It used to be noise, as in "noise in the system." That was a different coach. Now it's nonsense, as in "the Florida nonsense."

UF'S OPPONENT THIS WEEK
AUBURN TIGERSLast year The Tigers went 9-3 and 7-1 in the SEC. Auburn missed out on a trip to the SEC title game when it lost 20-17 in overtime at LSU on Oct. 22.

Defense enjoys role as closer
It's hard to score on Florida in general, but it's a real chore to get any second-half points against the Gators.

Wynn Says He'll Play Against Auburn
Florida TB DeShawn Wynn didn't have much time to talk Tuesday – he had to rush to a session with a tutor – but he stopped long enough to say his sprained right knee had healed enough to play against Auburn on Saturday.

UF's imperfect perfection
At a practice this week, most likely this evening, Florida running back Kestahn Moore will grab two footballs. He'll hold one in each arm -- high and tight, like the Gators coaches teach -- and head to the goal line, where he'll start running. Every five yards, he'll fall to the ground while keeping the footballs secure. Then he'll stand again, run, and fall, all the way to the other goal line.

Cornelius earns Meyer's praise
Urban Meyer identified him in September as the team's MVP and later as the team's true captain. "Jemalle Cornelius," the coach said Monday. "He's my boy."

Gators could be victims of BCS
Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown could soon find himself doing the unthinkable - pulling for the Florida Gators.

TV time for Gators
ESPN has announced that the popular College GameDay will air from a second consecutive Florida game. The trio of analysts -- Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso -- will telecast live this weekend from the Auburn campus in anticipation of the ESPN-televised game Saturday night.

Auburn LB returns from suspension
Tray Blackmon felt even more helpless than his fellow Auburn defenders in the last two games.

LSU coach says freshmen running backs were hurt
In the NFL, rules state that injury information must be reported by coaches before games. At most colleges, coaches report injuries to the media as the weekend's game approaches.

No. 2 UF shedding mediocrity label
Reparations for the Ron Zook era are currently in progress. Monday, Gators players reacted for the first time to being ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press poll and No. 3 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

Freshman QBs make impacts
Long before most fans had ever seen their faces or even seen them play a down of actual football, they knew their names, and the clamoring for the trio began.

Gators downplay rising hype
Florida coach Urban Meyer already had warned that he wouldn't tolerate what he called "Florida nonsense" from media and fans after the Gators reached No. 2 in the Associated Press poll and No. 3 in the USA Today coaches' poll.

Don't Panic Yet! Auburn's Defense Matches Up Well With Florida's Offense
Despite the doom and gloom surrounding the Auburn program this week, the Tigers outlook for this weekend's game with Florida is much brighter. Simply put, they match up better with the Gators than they did with Arkansas. Tommy Tuberville loves to recruit speed over size on defense and it works most of the time. He likes the speedy linebackers that can swarm to the ball.

Florida Gator Golf

Youthful men's golf lineup off to sizzling start
Success is coming a little quicker than Buddy Alexander and the Florida men's golf team expected this season. The young, but talented, Gators proved this by capturing first place at the prestigious Preview Invitational Wednesday in Williamsburg, Va.

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