GAINESVILLE, Fla. Chris Leak first surfaced in the public spotlight 15 years ago when former Wake Forest coach Jim Caldwell offered the promising young quarterback a scholarship --as an eighth-grader.
When it was time for college a few years later, Leak visited UF and simply fell in love with the university.
Thats what I tell everybody,"he said Thursday. "Thats the best way I can put it. This is where my heart was.
Florida fans know the story. Leak came to UF, started for four seasons and left as the schools all-time leader in passing yards (11,213). He ended his career with an exclamation point, earning MVP honors in the 2007 BCS National Championship game by leading Florida to its first national title in a decade.
Ten years after coming to Florida as the nations No. 1 quarterback recruit, the 28-year-old Leak returned this week as a quality control assistant to help the defensive staff prepare for opponents in a non-coaching role.
Leak recently approached Florida coach Will Musch...