Gator News and World Report (12/30/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Saturday, December 30, 2006. Leak's stiff-arming touchdown; Jacksonville U. may land Bell; Pain staying with Horford; Cornhuskers hold off Gator rally; Gators to attend funeral for player's mother; Wuerffel quote inspired Meyer; Grandma fosters greatness; UF should enjoy much support at OB Classic and more...

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Leak's stiff-arming touchdown
Ever since Urban Meyer brought what was supposed to be his spread option offense to the University of Florida, quarterback Chris Leak has had the reputation as a bad fit. As the cliché goes, he was the square peg in the round hole, or vice versa.

Jacksonville U. may land Bell
Jacksonville was the scene of some of Kerwin Bell's shining moments as a Florida quarterback. It could also be the scene of his first college head coaching job.

Gators to attend funeral for player's mother
Many of Reggie Nelson's Florida teammates will be by his side today for the funeral of his mother in Melbourne.

JU job offered to former Gators QB
Jacksonville University has offered Kerwin Bell a contract to become its next football coach, and, according to a school official, the former University of Florida quarterback could be hired early next week.

Football fiestas
Gameday at Ohio State and Florida is a spectacle of color and noise, and each school has its unique traditions. We'll let you judge which is best.

Wuerffel quote inspired Meyer
Each Florida player and coach has one, tucked away in their wallets or another safe place. Coach Urban Meyer gave them out in October, laminated business cards that have a picture of five rings (four SEC championships, the 1996 national championship) on one side and a quote from former Gators quarterback Danny Wuerffel on the other. It's the quote that means the most to Meyer.

Grandma fosters greatness
Some days, young Earl Everett would return home and meet a new brother or sister. His grandmother, Eunice Williams, had offered her tiny home tucked off a dirt road to another foster child. And so Everett, who'd grow up to be a starting linebacker for the Florida Gators, would extend a hand to another live-in playmate.

Meyer's 'gift' inspired Gators to rally after loss
A week after an emotional road win against ninth-ranked LSU, the Florida football team traveled to Auburn for another in a line of pivotal Southeastern Conference games. It was Oct. 14, in the season's seventh game, that many felt the Gators' national championship hopes came to an end with a 27-17 loss to the Tigers.

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Pain staying with Horford
He wasn't, and still isn't. Horford remains bothered by a sprained ankle which caused him to miss two games earlier this month. He will be less than 100 percent when the No. 3 Gators (11-2) face Alabama-Birmingham (8-5) at 6:30 p.m. today at the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise.

Gators pick up '08 commitment
Florida's basketball team gained its first commitment of the 2008 class, as junior point guard Erving Walker announced Friday that he will join the Gators.

UF should enjoy much support at OB Classic
Miami is likely to be overshadowed today by national champion UF when the teams take part in the Orange Bowl Classic at BankAtlantic Center.

Donovan wants to have his Gators at an even keel
The Florida Gators have one opportunity to play in front of their South Florida fans, and coach Billy Donovan hopes there's no emotional letdown - for the players or the crowd.

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Cornhuskers hold off Gator rally
Florida lost a basketball game Friday. But almost as disconcerting was the potential loss of yet another player.

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