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RB Wynn winds way into record books

By ANTONYA ENGLISH
Published November 19, 2006


GAINESVILLE - It's been a tumultuous career for senior running back DeShawn Wynn, but he'll leave the program with his name in the record books.

With his second of two rushing touchdowns Saturday, Wynn became the 13th Gator to gain 2,000 rushing yards in his career. It was also his 24th career touchdown, seventh all time among Gators running backs.

"I guess that's an accomplishment, to be in the record books," Wynn said as he left the field Saturday. "I've been here awhile working hard, and it's just finally paying off this season."

Wynn had 32 yards on four carries. He played in just two series so many of the youngsters could get playing time.

"I would like to have played a little more, but that's how it is," Wynn, 23, said.

FOND BO MEMORIES: Several members of the Florida coaching staff had personal ties to the late Bo Schembechler and expressed sadness over the former coach's death. Florida recruiting coordinator and cornerbacks coach Chuck Heater was a three-year letterwinner at Michigan and finished his career as the school's fifth-leading rusher with 1,981 yards. He said "almost all" of what he does as a coach is based on what he learned from Schembechler.

"Ultimately the greatest team sport is football, and always that trumped everything with him," Heater said. "If you listened to him talk, it was always about football. ... Even listening to him in that Monday press conference he had (last week addressing the Michigan game), it was like closing my eyes and going back 30 years. He was the same guy."

Florida coach Urban Meyer talked to his players for about 15 minutes Friday because he wanted them to know how special Schembechler was.

"If you really dig into the nooks and crannies and the way we do things, it's directly from Ohio State when Woody Hayes was there, and on that staff was a guy named Bo Schembechler and Earle Bruce and Lou Holtz," Meyer said. "... Where is his place in history? I think he's the greatest coach of all time."

SWAGGER IS BACK: When Meyer arrived two years ago, it became a catchphrase for fans and players alike: Take back the Swamp.

For most of the 1990s Florida Field was a feared venue for opponents. But from 2001-04, the Gators lost six games at home, prompting the question, would the Gators ever rule at home again?

On Saturday afternoon, Florida closed out the 2006 season undefeated at home for the second straight season, prompting the players to officially declare the Gators have their swagger back.

Meyer said it's a tribute to the seniors. "I'm very excited for our senior class to go back-to-back years without losing at home," he said.

INJURY UPDATE: Senior receiver Dallas Baker sprained his left MCL in the first quarter and is probable for the FSU game. Senior linebacker Earl Everett has a sprained right ankle, but he is expected to play Saturday, and junior linebacker Brandon Siler (sprained knee) is also probable.