Gator News and World Report (11/2/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, November 2, 2006. Vanderbilt now has the players capable of upsets; Is it Tebow time?; Gators advance with win over 'Dogs; Hetland is holding on to his job; Gators have a plan for Hodge; Vandy's Bennett Takes High Road; UF's good fortune not enough and more...

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Vanderbilt now has the players capable of upsets
The Steve Martin look-a-like stood there at the podium with a straight face as we waited for the punchline. Then, Bobby Johnson delivered.

Is it Tebow time?
He has shown he can run off tackle and around end. He's shown he can fake a run and lob a pass to a wide-open receiver.

Eastern title within UF's grasp
The Florida Gators say they aren't talking about or thinking about that other game in the state of Tennessee this Saturday.

Hetland is holding on to his job
With two rounds of competition complete and one to go, senior Chris Hetland is still holding on to the No. 1 place-kicking job.

Bennett's dance spun out Vandy
Florida fans will be forever grateful to Earl Bennett for helping the Gators avoid an embarrassing loss.

Autin Case Settled
The parents of former University of Florida football player Eraste Autin, who died in 2001 from complications after suffering heatstroke during an offseason workout, have agreed in principle to settle their negligence lawsuit against Florida's athletic department for an undisclosed sum.

Vandy's Bennett Takes High Road
Vanderbilt WR Earl Bennett took the high road when asked about his "dance" that led to a personal-foul penalty that kept the Commodores from attempting a game-winning 2-point conversion at the end of regulation in a 49-42 double-overtime loss at Florida last season.

UF's offensive line lacking depth
UF coach Urban Meyer would love to alternate his penalty-prone offensive linemen with some reserves. Except he can't.

Gators wary of Commodores
Andre Caldwell remembers the Vanderbilt teams his older brother Reche faced during his time as a Gator. "They weren't winning," Caldwell said Monday night. "If you hit them in the mouth a couple of times, they were going to fall."

UF's good fortune not enough
The Florida Gators are in prime position to play for the BCS national championship, and that just doesn't make a lick of sense.

The Buzz: It's hard to say goodbye
Enjoy Florida's defense while you can. Next season CB Ryan Smith and SS Tony Joiner might be the only returning starters on a unit that ranks among the nation's best. The loss of six senior starters, plus the likely jump to the NFL of FS Reggie Nelson, is going to be hard to overcome. Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. ranks LB Brandon Siler and DE Jarvis Moss No. 2 at their positions among juniors, leaving each with a decision to make.

Florida Gator Basketball

Champion coaches meet in exhibition game
t's rare for two national championship coaches to face each other in a college basketball exhibition game. Thanks to a favor from coach Billy Donovan, reigning national champion Florida will start the preseason against a coaching icon. Northwood University, coached by former Villanova legend Rollie Massimino, will play its first-ever game against the Gators tonight in the O'Connell Center.

Gators have a plan for Hodge
Florida basketball fans probably won't see more of Walter Hodge this season, but they likely will see more from him. The backup's role will expand to include more time at point guard and more offense - things he didn't really do much of during the Gators' national-championship season despite playing more minutes than any other non-starter.

Hoop it up for the little guy: Northwood vs. Gators
A busload of Northwood University students and fans will travel to Gainesville to see the Seahawks take the hardwood tonight as the tiny business school kicks off its inaugural season in inter-collegiate basketball.

Florida Gator Soccer

Gators advance with win over 'Dogs
Four second-half goals, including three in the final 10 minutes, gave the No. 16 UF soccer team a 4-1 win over Georgia in Wednesday's opening round of the SEC Tournament held at the Orange Beach Sportplex.

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