Gator News and World Report (11/29/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, November 29, 2006. Classic SEC Championship Game: 1993; Hetland, Gators working to snap kicking slump; Arkansas is staying grounded; Gators Win, But Lose Brewer; Mighty McFadden has 'Backs back on map; Leak emerges as leader; Father's demand allows UF's Smith to make instant impact and more...

Florida Gator Football

Classic SEC Championship Game: 1993
The loss to Florida State is now only a distant memory. The heartbreak at Auburn never happened. The Gators are Southeastern Conference champions.

Hetland, Gators working to snap kicking slump
Florida's place-kicking job is open again, an all-too-familiar occurrence for the fourth-ranked Gators as they prepare for the Southeastern Conference championship game.

Arkansas is staying grounded
When Houston Nutt hired Gus Malzahn as Arkansas' offensive coordinator last spring, fans expected to see footballs flying everywhere.

Triple Threats
Urban Meyer has looked at the stat sheet after games this season and scolded himself.

Hetland, Gators Working to Snap Slump
Florida's place-kicking job is open again, an all-too-familiar occurrence for the fourth-ranked Gators as they prepare for the Southeastern Conference championship game.

PRESSING CONCERN
Darren McFadden's latest wow-inducer came Friday afternoon before a rocking red-clad Razorbacks crowd in Little Rock.

Spot in title game deserves its perks
Florida Coach Urban Meyer said Monday that things would be different this week. His team would eat better, practice less and enjoy the rewards of a Southeastern Conference East Division title.

Fighting for each other
UF's Reggie Nelson, arguably the nation's best safety, carries the weight of his 46-year-old mother's battle with cancer.

Mighty McFadden has 'Backs back on map
It was the kind of recruiting coup coaches can only dream of, especially a guy on the hot seat. Arkansas coach Houston Nutt's savior arrived in a Razorbacks T-shirt and in no need of a sales pitch.

Injuries a factor for Gators, Hogs
Both Arkansas coach Houston Nutt and Florida coach Urban Meyer are hoping to have several key players healthy come game time Saturday in Atlanta.

Leak emerges as leader
The transformation of Chris Leak from quiet to confident may have begun after a day in Urban Meyer's living room.

Father's demand allows UF's Smith to make instant impact
On a unit filled with established stars, Ryan Smith may have been the saving grace for Florida's defense this season.

Pierre-Louis will have special fan for game
Dessece Pierre-Louis will see her son, Florida freshman defensive back Wondy Pierre-Louis, play in a college football game for the first time on Saturday.

Florida Gator Basketball

Gators win, but lose Brewer
The Florida basketball team will be without forward Corey Brewer for at least two weeks because of mononucleosis, and there's the possibility the viral illness could have infected others on the team.

Gators Win, But Lose Brewer
Unfortunately for the University of Florida, what happened in Vegas didn't stay in Vegas.

Gators win big, lose Brewer
Florida forward Corey Brewer will miss at least two weeks with a case of mononucleosis, Coach Billy Donovan said after Tuesday's 83-27 victory over Southern University at the O'Connell Center.

Ailing Gators cruise
Put a big warm blanket around the Florida Gators, shoot them with some antibiotics, give them a pillow and call Billy Donovan in the morning.

Basketball: UF cruises; coach, two stars ailing
Another blowout win for Florida didn't obscure the loss of the defending national champions' best open-court player.

Brewer out indefinitely with mono
Forward Corey Brewer sat on the end of the Gators bench sans uniform and watched sophomore Walter Hodge start in his place Tuesday night, but the switch may be a little more permanent than first thought.

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