Gator News and World Report (1/15/2007)

The Gator News and World Report for Monday, January 15, 2007. Siler going pro; Gators fall short; With BCS dreams reached, Leak turns to NFL; East scores two TDs in the final minute in 18-10 win at Hula Bowl; Meyer fine with players' choice; NFL gets better of Florida defense and more...

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All eyes on Foley
On the eve of the BCS championship game in Glendale, Ariz., two Sundays ago, Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley was making the rounds at a social function honoring the movers and the shakers of college football. Foley had been in the Grand Ballroom of the Phoenician Hotel for only a few minutes when he ran into two other SEC athletic directors.

Siler going pro
Another impact defensive player on Florida's national championship team has decided to forgo his senior season to enter the NFL draft this spring.

Advertiser sports editor get swept up 'Gator Mania'
I had a thought on my way to Tampa, Fla., for a few days of vacation this week. Since I-75 runs right through Gainesville, I thought it would be a nice gesture to stop and see if I could find any Gators' national championship paraphernalia.

Florida's Siler leaves early for NFL Draft
Add Florida linebacker Brandon Siler to the list of juniors who have declared for the NFL Draft.

With BCS dreams reached, Leak turns to NFL
Chris Leak has something that only one other University of Florida quarterback owns -- a national championship.

East scores two TDs in the final minute in 18-10 win at Hula Bowl
The Hula Bowl was the perfect ending to cornerback Reggie Lewis' career at Florida."It can't be no better," said Lewis, whose Gators upset Ohio State last week for the BCS championship. "We want to win everything. We're going out as champs and we're going out on top at the Hula Bowl. So it can't get no better than this." Clemson's Reggie Merriweather scored on a one-yard run with 44 seconds left, and Tigers teammate Will Proctor completed a two-point conversion pass to Tennessee's Bret Smith to help the East beat the West 18-10 in the Hula Bowl on Sunday night.

Meyer fine with players' choice
Linebacker Brandon Siler joins cornerback Ryan Smith, safety Reggie Nelson and defensive end Jarvis Moss as 2006 starters who will forgo their senior season.

NFL gets better of Florida defense
Florida's defense hasn't had a week this tough in a long time. In a matter of a few days, the nation's best defense lost four of its stars a season early to the NFL, leaving the defending national champions with only two returning starters on D - SS Tony Joiner and DE Derrick Harvey, a third-year sophomore who allegedly entertained the idea of jumping too.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Gators fall short
Junior Depree Bowden scored a career-high 28 points, but it wasn't enough to carry Florida past No. 14 Vanderbilt, as the Gators lost 82-69 Sunday at Memorial Gym.

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