Gator News and World Report (12/15/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Friday, December 15, 2006. It's 'going to work out'; Getting a kick out of Gators' special teams; Meyer Outlines Game Plan For Title Game; Horford Injured; Questionable For Sunday; Big game doesn't bring big money; Football fans: Show us your colors; CBS's Brando hoping BCS eventually becomes just a bad memory and more....

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Getting a kick out of Gators' special teams
Playing on special teams used to be all grunt work and no glory. Times have changed at Florida, where being a special teams player now carries status.

Jackson's McCray opts for Illinois
With his status as a Jacksonville native and former White High football coach, Illinois assistant Dan Disch figured to be a recruiting presence on the First Coast in short order. Few would have guessed, however, that he would ever compete with the likes of Florida and Florida State for the area's elite prospects.

Meyer Outlines Game Plan For Title Game
When Urban Meyer reaches into his pocket, he is reminded about Ohio State. Meyer, an Ohio native, and his wife, Shelley, have carried buckeyes for luck.

Big game doesn't bring big money
The Florida Gators aren't going to get rich next month off an appearance in the national title game. At least not for a while.

Beckman, Meyer on opposite sides
hio State defensive backs coach Tim Beckman knows what it is like to face Florida coach Urban Meyer and the Gators' offense.

Powell not rushing to any decision
While many of the players in town for this week's Shrine Bowl have locked up their college choices, Tydreke Powell, a 6-foot-2 defensive lineman from Hertford County (N.C.), is still undecided, with a plateful of offers in front of him.

Football fans: Show us your colors
You think you're the greatest Florida Gators fan in Brevard County? Are you a Buckeye to beat all Buckeyes?

Leak's legacy nears end
In the beginning, there was a baby-faced quarterback from Charlotte, N.C., staring into a camera for an image ESPN2 beamed around the college-football world.

Lowly Illini have goods on No. 1 Buckeyes
Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong planned to call a key source in about how to beat Ohio State, so I thought I'd beat him to it.

Gators to prepare for title game in 3 phases
Coach Urban Meyer said he and his staff have agreed on a three-phase plan to prepare for the Jan. 8 national title game against No. 1 Ohio State, and the Gators will get back to game-week preparations next week.

Seniors step up to lead defense
On the first Saturday of November, the news spread and created a stunning chill across Gator Nation.

CBS's Brando hoping BCS eventually becomes just a bad memory
When it was announced Florida would meet Ohio State in the BCS championship game on Jan. 8, Tim Brando didn't celebrate.

Florida Gator Basketball

It's 'going to work out'
It would have been easy to doubt. To wonder. To question. To lose faith.

Horford Injured; Questionable For Sunday
Florida center Al Horford suffered a high ankle sprain at practice this week, and Gators coach Billy Donovan said Wednesday that the Gators' leading scorer is questionable for Sunday's game against Florida A&M in Tampa.

Florida Gator Rex Grossman

Bears on the rise behind Rex
What would his old coach have done, Rex Grossman was asked the other day. You know the guy. Used to coach in Gainesville. Not fond of quarterback mistakes. Prone to throwing his visor.

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