Gator News and World Report (10/25/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, October 25, 2006. Bubba is back; Grossman is one of the NFL's newest darlings; Gators still in chase for Alabama QB commitment; History of the Rivalry: Florida vs. Georgia; Harvey made fast break to sack specialist at UF; Leak gets look at opponent; Stafford Faces First True Test Vs. UF; Harvin Thrilled To Get Back Into Action and more...

Florida Gator Football

Bubba is back
Andre Caldwell the playmaker has returned from a broken leg. Early in the season, Andre Caldwell kept telling himself he was back. His leg felt strong, his mind was right and he just knew he could make those same cuts, those same moves that once bedeviled defenders.

Gators still in chase for Alabama QB commitment
Tampa Plant quarterback Robert Marve is arguably the hottest quarterback prospect in the state right now and rapidly climbing the recruiting charts. Marve received a scholarship offer from the Gators two weeks ago.

History of the Rivalry: Florida vs. Georgia
t's all in a name the late Bill Kastelz coined the nickname "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" when he was the sports columnist for the Florida Times-Union, but the school presidents want to do away with it — as if the drinking at the Florida-Georgia game is caused by the WLOCP name instead of the other way around.

Harvey made fast break to sack specialist at UF
The Southeastern Conference's second-leading sacker had his beginnings on a high school basketball court in Maryland.

Leak gets look at opponent
Maybe there is a reason Florida quarterback Chris Leak has been so effective against Georgia.

Georgia's record in rivalry takes back seat to struggles
This is a rare Georgia-Florida rivalry week for the Bulldogs. Instead of question after question about why they struggle mightily against Florida - Georgia has lost 14 of the past 16 to the Gators - fans are asking if the Bulldogs have a chance to keep Saturday's game close.

Stafford Faces First True Test Vs. UF
Ah, the exuberance of youth. "Shoot, I know about big rivalries," University of Georgia freshman quarterback Matthew Stafford told the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald on Monday. "I grew up a Florida State fan. I had Florida-Florida State every year. I had Texas-OU [Oklahoma] right down the road. I know what it's about. I know rivalry games. I'm sure this one has its own little twist to it."

Harvin Thrilled To Get Back Into Action
GAINESVILLE In Florida's 27-17 defeat at Auburn, freshman WR Percy Harvin touched the ball five times on runs, all in the first half, gaining a total of 66 yards, including a 35-yard run that helped set up the Gators' second touchdown.

UF's Caldwell gaining confidence
Andre Caldwell, who broke his leg in the third game of the season, might play a key role in the Gators' final five games.

Opportunity for UF freshmen on defense
UF co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison won't let the likes of Ray McDonald, Marcus Thomas and Jarvis Moss get in the way of two blossoming freshmen. Mattison plans on increasing the playing time of nose tackle Brandon Antwine and defensive end Jermaine Cunningham down the stretch.

UF's Stafford ready for latest test
In a way, Matthew Stafford is Chris Leak four years ago. The Georgia quarterback is a hotshot first-year freshman starting his first rivalry game for a team needing a win.

Georgia's struggles make Florida a big favorite Saturday
College football fans, even many of those wearing red and black, have been whispering it all week, but the betting lines coming out of Las Vegas are screaming it: Georgia doesn't have a prayer against Florida on Saturday.

Bye week lets Meyer re-evaluate defense
The Gators needed a break, and UF coach Urban Meyer knew it.

Freshman linemen catch coordinator's eye
Forget for a moment that UF's defensive line boasts behemoths like Marcus Thomas, Ray McDonald, Jarvis Moss and Derrick Harvey.

Harvey's improvement bolsters defensive line
One of the players who has made the most strides on Florida's defense is redshirt sophomore defensive end Derrick Harvey. A year ago, he played in nine games with a total of seven tackles.

Florida Gator Rex Grossman

Grossman is one of the NFL's newest darlings
Rex Grossman's voltage is escalating. With his Chicago Bears off to a mighty start, Rex began to hear yappers - media and public - put his name alongside Peyton Manning when talking NFL sizzle.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

SEC gives Brooks preseason nod
Sha Brooks is clearly one of the brightest talents on the Gators' young roster. The Southeastern Conference coaches believe she's also one of the best talents in the league.

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