Gator News and World Report (10/26/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, October 26, 2006. League teams want to emulate UF; Wynn a tough player; Gators win 11th straight match; Gators' Wynn Really Is Healthy Now; Celebrate safely: UF, UGA officials hope omitting nickname will curb 'cocktail party'; Florida's defense shows its get-tough identity;

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Stafford in charge
Just a few weeks ago, it looked like the Florida-Georgia game might feature a veritable parade of quarterbacks at Alltel Stadium.

Wynn a tough player
Florida tailback DeShawn Wynn's toughness has been questioned in the past, but not this season. The senior has been playing in pain for most of the year.

History of the Rivalry Part II
Open for business The open date before the Georgia game has become a common theme for Florida, but it hasn't always been that way. The Gators had a game - almost always Auburn - the week before the Georgia game from 1956 through 1992 with the exception of 1961.

A 200-strong security force and doubly staffed restaurants are preparing to meet one of the year's largest crowds at The Jacksonville Landing.

GEORGIA-FLORIDA: End zones are where
Mike Sullivan has been to 22 Georgia-Florida games, but he still feels goosebumps every time he's on the field during pre-game events.

GEORGIA-FLORIDA: Community built by fans, loved by all
This year, RV City will be the same as it ever was. A perfect patch of black, red, orange and blue.

QBs' first time not always a snap
Sometime on Saturday, a quarterback will take his first snap in the Georgia-Florida series. Florida's Tim Tebow and Georgia's Matthew Stafford definitely will - maybe Bulldogs freshman Joe Cox, too.

Wynn, now healthy, frustrated by injury
Running back DeShawn Wynn was not back to full health in Florida's 27-17 loss to Auburn on Oct. 14. Wynn sat out against LSU on Oct. 7 after spraining his knee against Alabama on Sept. 30.

Coaches try to stay in touch
Florida coach Urban Meyer doesn't bring a checklist to the meeting each Thursday with offensive coordinator Dan Mullen and quarterback Chris Leak.

Starting fresh
On the first Wednesday of February every year, college football coaches nationwide are sure to do two things: Praise their new recruiting classes and insist the true measure of their quality won't be known until three or four years later.

UGa looking out for 'ballhawks'
A season after Urban Meyer made the move from Utah to Florida, Ryan Smith was reunited with his former coach in Gainesville. If SEC football coaches weren't against the new NCAA rule that allows a player who graduates with eligibility remaining to transfer without sitting out a year, Smith has given them another reason to be against it now. The junior cornerback has teamed with safety Reggie Nelson to give the Gators' a formidable secondary duo. Smith and Nelson have four interceptions each.

Gators' Wynn Really Is Healthy Now
After not playing against LSU due to a sprained knee, Florida senior RB DeShawn Wynn guaranteed he would play a week later against Auburn, and he did.

QB 101
Mark Richt coached Charlie Ward, counseled Chris Weinke and had David Greene and D.J. Shockley on the same roster for three seasons.

UF running back Wynn healthy again
Tailback DeShawn Wynn said he is nearing full health for the first time in about a month. Wynn played through a sprained knee against Auburn, rushing 11 times for 49 yards.

Celebrate safely: UF, UGA officials hope omitting nickname will curb 'cocktail party'
Here's a philosophical question Florida and Georgia fans can ponder before they park their RVs and throw back their first cold ones: If "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" no longer is referred to as "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party," does it cease to be "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party"?

UF extra
When Urban Meyer has extra time, a "W" usually follows. With a week or more to prepare his team, Meyer is 19-2, including 5-0 at Florida. After a bye week, Meyer's teams are 8-1, beating Georgia and Florida State in 2005 — his first season with the Gators. Meyer uses extra preparation time wisely. Before last year's Georgia game, Meyer and his staff retooled the offense to better suit QB Chris Leak and defeated the unbeaten Bulldogs.

Florida's defense shows its get-tough identity
The Florida Gators had just fought their way back to take a 14-13 lead over Alabama when Brandon Siler called his defensive teammates together and delivered this message.

Georgia-Florida game already has Jax abuzz
The game is still a few days away, but already the First Coast is marked with signs of Bulldogs and Gators.

Bye weeks helping Florida, hurting Georgia
Considering the Georgia-Florida series' recent history is nothing short of lopsided, Georgia hasn't done itself any favors with its scheduling.

New rules producing crisp play
-- Tommy Tuberville and Florida coach Urban Meyer have already met on the field this year.

This Week's SEC Games
VANDERBILT (3-5) at DUKE (0-7) Noon Saturday Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, N.C. -- LINE: Vanderbilt by 10.

Game same, but not name
Whatever you do, don't call Saturday's meeting between Florida and Georgia the world's largest outdoor ...

Even if healthy, Jones faces imposing task
Center Nick Jones hopes to be 100 percent healthy by the time Saturday's game against Florida gets started. Even that, however, is no guarantee when playing Gators defensive tackle Marcus Thomas.

Mattison perfectly content as assistant
Don't expect UF co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison to jettison the Gators for a head coaching job any time soon.

Florida cornerbacks looking for more interceptions
A season after Urban Meyer made the move from Utah to Florida, Ryan Smith reunited with his former coach in Gainesville.

Bulldogs must deal with Florida's 'confusing' offense
Georgia cornerback Bryan Evans is paying Urban Meyer the ultimate compliment when he calls the Florida coach a "tricky guy."

Two for one
Here's a piece-by-piece analysis of which player is stronger in which area, although when put together, they give Florida a formidable duo.

Florida Gator Basketball

League teams want to emulate UF
It was an innocent summer conversation, one that Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl recalled Wednesday with a smile on his face.

Big East, SEC to square off
The Southeastern Conference unveiled more details for its upcoming basketball showcase with the Big East that will start next season.

Donovan knows teams will pay more attention to the Gators It's a predictable cause and effect in college basketball.

SEC showing muscle in preseason hype
With all five starters back, many observers are picking Florida to become the first team since Duke in 1991-92 to repeat as college basketball's national champion.

Gators know it's tough at the top
t's easy to pick Florida as the No. 1 team in the Southeastern Conference. For the Gators, finishing the job will be much more challenging – even though the defending national champions return five starters.

Florida, LSU draw attention
LSU and defending national champion Florida, the Southeastern Conference's two Final Four entries last season, may need a vacation to recover from their basketball vacation.

Gators being fed 'poison'
With all five of its starters back from last season's NCAA championship team, Florida looks like it has the inside track to another national title.

Gators' challenge: Doing it again
When last seen, Florida was blowing out UCLA 73-57 on April 3 to win the NCAA basketball championship.

Florida Gator Volleyball

Gators win 11th straight match
Junior Kisya Killingsworth finished with a match-high 21 kills Wednesday as the No. 7 UF volleyball team defeated Auburn 3-1 (30-17, 30-22, 29-31, 30-27) to claim the squad's 11th consecutive victory.

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