Gator news and World Report (12/18/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Monday, December 18, 2006. Gators go outside to down Rattlers; Gamebreaker 10: Brandon James; No. 5 Gators Put On Show; Gator receiver catching on; Siler keeps Gators grounded and more...

Florida Gator Football

Gamebreaker 10: Brandon James
The official stat sheet lists true freshman Brandon James with just a single punt return for a touchdown and a respectable, if not impressive average of 11.6 yards per return. On the kickoff return tab, an average of 17.5 yards per return and not a single touchdown.

Gator receiver catching on
They were only teasing. Cornelius Ingram realizes it and is able to laugh. But he does flinch just a bit when reminded what could have been.

Smith ready for another
Four years ago, when they won their first national championship rings, Ohio State's Troy Smith and Quinn Pitcock weren't themselves. In fact, they assumed different identities.

Seabreeze's Scott chooses Ohio State over Florida
the first battle of the national championship game, the Ohio State Buckeyes landed the first blow.

Siler keeps Gators grounded
He celebrated. For a few hours. Florida linebacker Brandon Siler then went back to watching film, after learning the Gators would play Ohio State on Jan. 8 for the national title. The junior has been that way since beginning his career as a true freshman starting on Florida's defense.

Florida Gator Basketball

Gators go outside to down Rattlers
With center Al Horford out and forward Corey Brewer still not 100 percent, No. 5 Florida played directly into the gameplan of Florida A&M coach Mike Gillespie.

Florida pioneer
More than three decades removed from his last college basketball game, Steve Williams acknowledged he had no designs on changing history. All Williams knew when he was a senior at Washington High in Pensacola was how badly he wanted to come to Florida.

Outside shooting carries Gators
Florida didn't have Al Horford because of a sprained ankle, and Corey Brewer wasn't much of a factor in his first game back following a bout of mononucleosis, but that didn't matter much against Florida A&M.

No. 5 Gators Put On Show
Florida A&M picked its poison. The Florida Gators obliged. It was never a question whether or not defending national champion Florida would beat the outmanned Florida A&M Rattlers Sunday night at the St. Pete Times Forum - only how it would happen.

Humphrey propels Gators past Rattlers
Gators guard Lee Humphrey had just canned another 3-pointer, this one from the wing nearest the Florida bench. Then he cocked his head left and smiled as his coach called to him.

Despite Adversity, Hodge Gains a Role for Gators
Walter Hodge came to Florida on a mission. As a top-level player in his native Puerto Rico, Hodge heard the talk about how he might not be good enough to play in the U.S. high school and college ranks. So when he arrived in Gainesville, his goal was to prove he was good enough to play for the Gators and capable of helping them win championships. Two years later, the sophomore guard is making good on both.

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