Gator News and World Report (12/28/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Tursday, December 28, 2006. Gamebreaker 1: Percy Harvinl; Sha Brooks evolving into complete player; Learning The Hard Way; NCAA Rule Grants Smith's Wish; Smith poses threat for Gators; Wuerffel stands as hurdle Leak can't jump; Quiet UF linebacker changes on field and more...

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Gamebreaker 1: Percy Harvin
The impact freshman wide receiver Percy Harvin has had on the Florida offense this year is not totally unexpected.

Manning the front
Steven Harris has scripted a feel-good ending to what has been a tough and tumultuous Florida career.

Buckeyes off to Arizona once again
When the Ohio State Buckeyes board their charter flight for Arizona on Saturday, the airplane ought to know where to go on its own.

Barton will be back
Ohio State offensive tackle Kirk Barton will return to the Buckeyes for his senior season in 2007, passing up a chance to enter the NFL.

Learning The Hard Way
Urban Meyer remembers only the highlights of his 21 wins as the University of Florida's coach. His memory of his four losses borders on photographic.

NCAA Rule Grants Smith's Wish
Ryan Smith still can't believe Bylaw 14.1.9.1 came along just in time to make his dream come true.

No Need to Pity Ohio State Defense
Poor Ohio State, the national publications said. All those weapons on offense, and only a couple of bit players back on the other side of the ball. Four months later, there's no need to feel sorry for the Buckeyes. Save your sympathy for all those offenses left broken in their wake.

Smith poses threat for Gators
Twelve teams this year have tried and failed to shut down Ohio State's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Troy Smith.

Wuerffel stands as hurdle Leak can't jump
Florida Gators quarterback Chris Leak has done a lot to silence his many critics this season. First, he's had a solid year statistically, throwing for 2,729 yards and 22 touchdowns. Unfortunately, he also ended up connecting with the other team's defenders 13 times, demonstrating a measure of inconsistency. But here's the only factor that really matters.

Quiet UF linebacker changes on field
He wears a running back's number — 30. And maybe it's with good reason, because Florida senior linebacker Earl Everett has owned a lot of running backs in his days in Gainesville.

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Sha Brooks evolving into complete player
Sha Brooks is a shooter. Sha Brooks is a scorer. That was the scouting report on Brooks last year when she became a second-team All-SEC selection as a freshman by averaging 13.7 points per game.

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