UF- La. Tech notebook

Published: Sunday, September 11, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, September 11, 2005 at 2:36 a.m.
Following Florida's Week One victory against Wyoming, Gator center Mike Degory looked like he had just come from a loss.
The senior said he was very unhappy with his play and put a lot of the blame for UF's 2.5 yards-a-carry.
He was a bit happier following Saturday's 41-3 victory against Louisiana Tech, a game where the Gators had 49 carries for 251 yards (a 5.1 average). But he wasn't satisfied.
"I did OK," Degory said. "I still need improvement. Everybody needs improvement."
  • NO MOVE LIKELY: Prior to Saturday's game, Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said he hasn't heard anything about the Gators' scheduled Oct. 15 game at LSU being moved to Gainesville.
    After Hurricane Katrina hit, the Tigers postponed their season opener against North Texas and moved Saturday's game against Arizona State to Tempe, Ariz., because the campus is being used as a safe haven for those affected by the storm.
    LSU athletic director Skip Bertman told ESPN on Thursday that the Sept. 24 game with visiting Tennessee is still on for Baton Rouge.
  • EARLY STATEMENT: Last year in Knoxville, Tennessee had a series where it went 80 yards for a touchdown, all on rushes.
    When asked if that could occur again next week, Gator sophomore linebacker Brandon Siler simply said, "That won't happen."
  • BACKCOURT BACK: Florida's 2005 SEC tournament champion basketball team was honored at halftime. Included in those attending were guards Matt Walsh and Anthony Roberson, who left school early to attempt to make it in the NBA.
    After both went undrafted, Walsh signed a free agent contract with the Miami Heat and Roberson signed with the Memphis Grizzlies.
    Walsh was the SEC Tournament MVP.
  • AFTER FURTHER REVIEW...: Despite having a first quarter fumble recovery overturned by replay, Gator coach Urban Meyer is a fan of the new rule.
    "I asked our defensive coaches and they said it was a good call," Meyer said. "I'm a big fan of the instant replay. You're either right or you're wrong, and I think the proper steps should be taken to ensure that a fumble is called a fumble."
  • EXTRA POINTS: With 11 minutes gone, UF already had 74 yards rushing (50 came on one carry by DeShawn Wynn). The Gators didn't have that total against Wyoming until a 23-yard run by Josh Portis late in the fourth quarter. ... The only other time Florida played Louisiana Tech, a 34-7 victory in 1989, Emmitt Smith rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown for the Gators. ... UF opened 0-for-6 on third down conversions before converting on a third-and-17 about six minutes into the third quarter. ... The win was Meyer's 18th straight as a coach, currently second-best in the NCAA. Southern California's Pete Carroll entered Saturday with 23 consecutive victories. Meyer's last loss came on Oct. 25, 2003 when his Utah team was beaten, 47-35, by New Mexico. ... UF linebacker Todd McCullough's interception in the third quarter was the first of his career. "How long have I been around here?" the fifth-year senior joked. "Better late than never." ... Chad Jackson had more than 100 yards receiving for the second consecutive week. That was the first time a Gator receiver had back-to-back 100-yard games since Taylor Jacobs did so in 2002 against Kentucky and Tennessee. ... Gainesville natives Curtis Carr (Gainesville High School), Eric Nappy (Buchholz) and Lutrell Alford (Eastside) all saw their first career action for the Gators on Saturday. Alford had two tackles and forced a fumble. Nappy kicked an extra point and Carr played on special teams. Hawthorne's Cornelius Ingram also saw his first time late, playing quarterback and rushing twice for eight yards. Redshirt freshman offensive linemen Jim Tartt and Jason Watkins also played for the first time in their careers. ... Meyer said the only nicks the Gators suffered came to Tremaine McCollum, who missed the second half with an undisclosed injury. Meyer said the junior cornerback should be fine for next week's game against Tennessee. ... Meyer said he felt like Andre Caldwell played better last week against Wyoming than this week against Louisiana Tech. Meyer cited a dropped kickoff and a couple of dropped passes.
    You can reach John Patton by calling 374-5074 or by e-mail at pattonj@gvillesun.com.
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