Gator News and World Report (12/13/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, December 13, 2006. Florida's Nelson an All-America; Bowled over by the number of games on tap; Gators defense lands 3 All-Americansl UF basketball coach warns football team not to get caught up in media hype; Plant City Officials Make Concession For Title Game; Gators' ticket supply runs dry and more...

Florida Gator Football

Florida's Nelson an All-America
Florida coach Urban Meyer has been calling junior free safety Reggie Nelson one of the nation's premier players since the middle of the season. The rest of the country is starting to agree.

Bowled over by the number of games on tap
Back when FDR ruled the White House and America hadn't been introduced to Wal-Mart or cell phones, college football figured it had feast aplenty with four New Year's Day bowl games — Rose (Pasadena), Sugar (New Orleans), Cotton (Dallas) and Orange (Miami).

Coming through in the clutchComing through in the clutch
Florida quarterback Chris Leak came into this season with a reputation — deserved or not — of not being a clutch player in big games. That certainly has changed this year, with some help from UF's left-handed freshman quarterback. These five drives are proof:

Gators defense lands 3 All-Americans
Florida's defense has been among the nation's best this season, so it's only logical to assume it would boast some of the best players.

UF's Nelson An All-American
University of Florida coach Urban Meyer has called Reggie Nelson "the best defensive football player I've seen in 20-plus years." Tuesday, The Associated Press recognized Nelson as the nation's best free safety for this year.

Plant City Officials Make Concession For Title Game
The people's business is important, but football is football, particularly when the Florida Gators are playing for a national championship.

Gators' ticket supply runs dry
For many Gators fans, watching the University of Florida football team improbably make it to the national championship game was the biggest long shot of the season.

Florida linebacker picks Buckeyes
Ohio State won a minor skirmish with Florida last night for the services of linebacker prospect Brian Rolle. The Buckeyes did it in the Gators' backyard.

UF's big game is one big ticket
In nearly 25 years working in the ticket office at Florida, Bill Holloway has been through two national championship games and seven SEC title games.

Florida Gator Basketball

Donovan offers up winning strategies
As Florida prepares for the Jan. 8 BCS national championship football game against Ohio State, Gators coach Urban Meyer is turning to Texas counterpart Mack Brown for help.

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